Great to see the Victorian period in children's time travel story,
This review is from: The Queen Must Die (Chronicles of the Tempus) (Paperback)
Refreshing to see this period in history used for a time travel story.
Katie feels unwanted - her former pop star mother remarries at the drop of a hat, forcing more hyphens on her daughter and swanning off. She has no friends apart from her books. Reading a letter of Queen Victoria's daughter Alice, Katie finds herself stuck in the weeks leading up to the opening of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition. Can she get home? Does she want to? And is there a plot to kill the Queen she can do anything about?
Little history readers will enjoy this adventure, and it may open up curious minds to a very interesting period and royal family, discussing V&A's relationship, haemophilia, the Crystal Palace, even child labour.
There's a little confusion (for me at least) with the loyalties and motivations of a few characters, but lots of history and science and social history wrapped up in a good little 'save the queen' race against time. Katie is an "okay" protagonist, couldn't actually determine her age, liked her relationship with Princess Alice. Thought doctor's son James was a little underwritten and stiff.
Easy to read, good period detail.