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Philip Pullman – The Tin Princess | Review

Title: The Tin Princess

Author: Philip Pullman

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 292

Rating: 9/10

 

Philip Pullman - The Tin Princess

Philip Pullman – The Tin Princess

 

I have a lot of love for The Tin Princess – it’s one of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart books, and so you know you’re in for a lot of fun. Here, we find out what happens to young Adelaide, who was last seen at the end of The Ruby in the Smoke, and we get to know some of our other characters more than ever before.

And because I read the rest of the books in the series, it was a lot of fun to see how they all ended up – they’re all older here, and some of them are missing entirely, but you still get a good idea of what happened to them, even if you didn’t read the rest of the books in the series. I also vividly remember a lot of imagery, like an old train and blood in the snow. But that’s about as much as you’re getting out of me when it comes to the plot.

What I will say, though, is that you’re in for a treat, a story of power and espionage that stretches all of the way across Europe, and our heroes face themselves at the centre of a baffling web that gets untangled beautifully at the end, when everything all falls together and we finally understand what’s happening. It’s rare that a book does this well – you know how sometimes you have to read and re-read something to get it? That doesn’t happen here, but that’s not a problem – it didn’t stop me from re-reading it. It’s just that sort of book, for me at least – I hope you love it, too.

 

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

 

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Philip Pullman – The Tiger in the Well | Review

Title: The Tiger in the Well

Author: Philip Pullman

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 394

Rating: 9/10

 

Philip Pullman - The Tiger in the Well

Philip Pullman – The Tiger in the Well

 

The Tiger in the Well is one of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart novels, and I thought it was the strongest one behind The Ruby in the Smoke, where everything kicked off. Here, Sally has changed – she’s almost damaged, possibly slightly deranged, and ready to do anything that she needs to do to protect her daughter.

She’s also being sued for divorce, despite the fact that she isn’t even married, and she’s never even heard of the person who’s suing her. So as you can imagine, you’re along for a bumpy ride, and the young woman has her work cut out for her when it comes to finding out what’s happening and trying to deal with it, so she can get her life back on track.

Here, there’s a constant, pervading sense of danger, and you can feel it as a reader. Sally never knows where the next attempt on her life or her sanity will come from, and so she has to be constantly aware, with her eyes open at all times. The dangerous game that she’s caught up in threatens to take everything away from her, but not necessarily to kill her – rather, her adversary wants her to be alive, but to wish that she was dead.

 

Philip Pullman Quote

Philip Pullman Quote

 

Of course, I’m not going to tell you who that adversary happens to be, because that would ruin the whole book for you. What I will tell you, though, is that Pullman keeps you guessing – in fact, because there are no obvious suspects, the reader tends to feel just like poor Sally Lockhart, who knows that someone is trying to ruin her life but who doesn’t know who, or why.

Overall then, this is a fantastic book for anyone who likes Victorian stuff, steampunk stuff, or just the phenomenal work of Philip Pullman. And the best part about it is that you don’t necessarily need to have read the rest of the books in the series to understand what’s happening. So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab a copy as quickly as possible, then read it and come back to let me know what you think.I’d be interested to know what you think of it – comment away!

 

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

 

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