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A fun time travelling adventure,
This review is from: The Queen Must Die (Chronicles of the Tempus) (Paperback)
The first thing that I have to mention about The Queen Must Die is the cover, it is absolutely gorgeous. I know it looks good online in an image but the actual cover itself is even better in the flesh with sparkly stars finishing it off.
Aside from my little detour :) The Queen Must Die sounds sounds like a wonderful concept for a young girl from our time to be transported back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria, to be actually in Buckingham Palace and meet certain members of the royal family.
And to be fair I loved the members we met, I thought they interacted well with each other and were believable and when they met Katie they're initial reactions were about right. I loved how elements of history were wound into the story making it not only in places an enjoyable read but also slightly educational - we even get a sneak peak at the crystal palace (though it's nowhere near enough to effect exams (as the author points out near the end :) )
The story kept me guessing, and I was left wondering at points if the title was going to have any relevance to the plot. It does get there, trust me! For me however the story got going a little bit too late, for a story which has a time travel element there was only an occasional reference to it and the effects that Katie could have on the future by being there weren't made until the story was almost over.
I think young readers will love it and gobble it up especially those with an interest in history.
Source: Corvus (Atlantic Books)