The Queen Must Die by K.A.S. Quinn

Katie is a lonely N.Y.C. girl who doesn’t have any friends since nobody seems to be interested in her, not even her mother Mimi. Katie can’t confide in her mother as Mimi is too preoccupied with getting married – every time she meets a new man, Katie’s mother feels the need to marry him. Thus, having no one to talk to, Katie likes to spend her time reading books. However, one day, when the young girl reads a book about Queen Victoria’s daughters, a peculiar thing happens – she finds herself lying under a sofa in Buckingham Palace, at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign.

Together with her new friends – Princess Alice, the young daughter of Queen Victoria, and James O’Reilly, the son of the royal doctor – Katie tries to find out why she has been sent back in time. However, there are other mysteries that need to be solved as well. For example, there are Katie’s strange visions and the frightening creatures that keep following her everywhere. As the young girl tries to discover the truth behind these strange happenings, she finds out something even more disturbing – dark forces have constructed a plot to assassinate the Queen. Thus, Katie and her friends must find a way to stop this unthinkable thing from happening. However, the young heroine must pay heed, as these supernatural creatures are out to get her. Will Katie be able to save the Queen and save herself? And will she be able to return to N.Y.C.?

The Queen Must Die is the first of The Chronicles of the Tempus trilogy and it’s an engaging children’s book packed with suspense, mysteries, secrets and many adventures. Filled with both fact and fiction, this novel narrates the exciting story of a young girl who feels alone and who is looking for distraction. Katie takes comfort in books; reading is her passion since she can embark on journeys and travel all over the world while sitting in her N.Y.C. bedroom. Books transport her into new worlds and she can meet new and interesting people that way. However, Katie didn’t expect that one day, she would literally be transported to another time and place. The young girl starts the most intriguing adventure of her life, but in the end, she gains more than just a thrilling experience – she learns so many things about life and furthermore, she gains new friends that appreciate and support her.

The Queen Must Die is a wonderful book about family, friendship and courage. It was a delight to read this book, as I love the Victorian Period, and thus I really enjoyed reading about Queen Victoria, the Royal Family and Buckingham Palace. I liked to read about Katie’s adventures in London and I especially liked the theme of time travel and the supernatural elements in this novel. As I mentioned before, I normally don’t read series, but I will read this one since it’s refreshing, captivating and fascinating. I am looking forward to reading the second instalment, The Queen At War, which will be published in 2011.

I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the Victorian Period and to everyone who likes to read books about time travel.

Note: I would like to thank Atlantic Books for sending me a copy of this great book!



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathleen
    May 07, 2010 @ 18:57:12

    I would have loved this book growing up and I think I would love it now too! I love books that transport characters back in time.


    • Andreea
      May 09, 2010 @ 11:46:45

      Yes, I think I would have loved it too! But in my opinion, one can read any book at any age. That’s what’s so great about books!


  2. KAS Quinn
    May 08, 2010 @ 08:42:48

    Dear Andreea:

    I am so glad you liked The Queen Must Die. If you are interested in the Victorians, I will be giving a talk with Noreen Marshall, Children’s Costume Director of the Museum of Childhood, on Saturday 15th May at 2pm. It will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We’re both bringing part of our collections of 19th century children’s clothing. Noreen is worth listening to, she knows everything there is to know about Victorian dress.

    …With The Queen Must Die, I tried to write the book I would have wanted to read when I was 11, so it’s a moving experience to know that someone else might like it too…many thanks.


    • Andreea
      May 09, 2010 @ 11:49:44

      Thank you so much for your comment. It means a lot to me. Also, thanks for inviting me, but sadly, I cannot come, since I live in NYC. Anyway, I do hope to visit London one day, and since I love the Victorian Period, I will of course visit the Victoria and Albert Museum!


  3. Lua
    May 08, 2010 @ 11:48:50

    The Victorian era + time travel! I wish this book was around when I was growing up 🙂
    This sounds like something by little sister would love to read though, thanks for the great review Andreea!


  4. Nymeth
    May 08, 2010 @ 18:17:58

    What Lua said – how can those things put together EVER go wrong? 😛


  5. Andreea
    May 09, 2010 @ 11:50:56

    Lua and Nymeth: Yes, you are so right, that’s a great combination! I hope you get to read this book. As I said to Kathleen, I think one is never too old for a book, no matter what genre it is!


  6. Rebecca
    May 13, 2010 @ 08:51:05

    I’m finding myself not really caring if it is a children’s book. I want to read it! Great review.


  7. justin
    Jun 12, 2010 @ 14:14:15

    k.a.s i know wat it stands for but i am not tellin she came to our school


  8. Mary Jane
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 17:24:19

    I love this book it’s so full of adventure. I’m 13 and I’m trying to write my own book it’s not going so well. Got a bad case of writers bock. Hope it clears up. See ya.


  9. izzi
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 20:09:28

    i really enjoyed this book cant wait to read the next one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! when is it out????????????????


    • KAS Quinn
      Feb 12, 2013 @ 15:48:02

      Hello! KAS Quinn here. If you like The Queen Must Die, you might be interested to know that next in the Chronicles of the Tempus series, the Queen at War, is now out. I hope you like it izzi…best – K


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