The Queen Must Die, Paperback

The Queen Must Die Paperback

Part of the Chronicles of the Tempus series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the story of Katie Berger-Jones-Burg. One minute, she's under the bed of her New York apartment...the next she's in Buckingham Palace, at the height of Queen Victoria's reign...A dangerous place to be. The Royal Family is in mortal peril. In the secret passages of the palace, a plot is afoot.

Suspicious figures huddle in the gas-lit streets of London. And Katie is not the only time-traveller in the city...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781848873704



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American Katie is exasperated by the solipsism of her thrice-divorced popstar mother and hides in her books under her New York sofa. When she awakes in the Buckingham Palace of 1851 she encounters a very different kind of parent: her new friend Princess Alice is the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Although time travel is fundamental to this novel and the problem of getting Katie back to her own time occupies the characters in one plot, little time is devoted to exploring the science or supernatural mechanism that occasions her journey. Prince Albert's grand plans for a Crystal Palace housing a vast Great Exhibition provide the background to a conspiracy to assassinate Victoria. The children try to frustrate this conspiracy as Katie (and, presumably, our young readers) comes to terms with what she sees as the absurdities of mid-nineteenth century Victorian London. There are more parallels across time and space than there are differences but Katie's American perspective is even more alien than that of the Brits and this is used to comic effect in this warmly funny book. It captures a period flavour that is slightly later than is appropriate (more E. Nesbit than Ballantyne or Hawthorne) and there are several historical solecisms but these should not worry its intended audience and I expect them to come back for the next two volumes as Quinn releases them.

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This was great - a few of those moments where you wonder if the dialogue feels authentic...would a 19th Century Princess have spoken to a stranger who has arrived from 2011 New York City in that way...however this is fantasy and it is a kid's book... I thoroughly enjoyed and read from start to finish in one sitting.

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