The Queen at War by K.A.S. Quinn

The Queen at War

Written by K.A.S. Quinn
Part of the Chronicles of the Tempus Series

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February 2013 Book of the Month An ebullient and action packed sequel to The Queen Must Die, this sweeps twenty-first century Katie away from her complicated life in New York for a second time. Katie’s time travelling journey takes her back in time to 1844 London, a world she has visited previously, where her friend Grace is seriously ill. Katie brings with her over 150 years more information including some medical knowledge which may be invaluable in saving her friend and also makes her a potential saviour of the lives of the soldiers dying in the Crimea War. Soon Katie is off to the front where she meets the great Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. But Katie has an even more important person to keep safe; there are dark forces at work and she must do everything she can to protect Queen Victoria herself. K.A. Quinn skilfully weaves real history and a fantastically inventive supernatural world together into a glorious adventure.


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Queen at War a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review the first in the Chronicles of the Tempus series, The Queen Must Die. Click here to visit the book page and find out what they thought.


The Queen at War by K.A.S. Quinn

In twenty-first century New York, Katie Berger-Jones-Berg is a little concerned. She's seeing people in old-fashioned clothes who have a worrying habit of disappearing. Then she receives a mysterious note...and is sent hurtling back through time! In ninteenth-century London, Queen Victoria is on the throne and England is on the brink of war with Russia. For some reason, everyone's looking to Katie to save the day. But for a traveller in time, Katie's is fast running out...


A magical, time-travel adventure in the mould of E Nesbit. The Times Exasperated by life at home and school, Katie discovers the solace of reading and writing her diary while hiding under her bed... and wakes up in Buckingham Palace in 1851. Humorous, historical, time-travelling adventure. Guardian Completely gripping, this rollercoaster time travel adventure takes Katie, a contemporary New York teenager, back right into the heart of Queen Victoria's reign. Landing unexpectedly in the Buckingham Palace bedroom of Alice, Queen Victoria's younger daughter, Katie is swiftly caught up in a terrifying world of dishonest courtiers plotting unspeakable acts with the help of powerful helpers with extra powers. The details of the life of the Victorian Royals are brilliantly evoked while the adventure spearheaded by three exuberant children rattles along at a cracking pace. One of the best books I have ever read. Sophie O'Loughlin, 10 years old, Mslexia

About the Author

K.A.S. Quinn

K.A.S Quinn was born and raised in California. She was educated at Vassar in New York, where she took a degree in History and English, receiving honours for her thesis on tuberculosis and its representation in Victorian painting and literature (Conspicuous Consumption). For the past ten years she has been the publisher of the prestigious Spectator magazine. Her office in the row houses of Doughty St. abutted Charles Dickens’ home. She has written for The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Wall Street Journal as well as appearing on Any Questions, A Good Read, Famous Lives and Broadcasting House for the BBC. In 2003 she was a judge for the Jewish Quarterly Literary Award. She is married to Stephen Quinn, the publishing director of Vogue magazine. They live in London and have two small boys. She still reads children’s books, in bed, with a torch.

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336 pages


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Publication date

1st February 2013




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