"Obvious plot holes and a less intelligent than usual Tintin aside, ‘King Ottakar’s Sceptre’ is a mostly thrilling race against time, and includes some finely tuned comic elements, even if some neglect in the story often feels frustratingly obvious."
"Tintin visits the country of Syldavia and is involved in stopping a plot to overthrow the King of Syldavia. Herge created the country of Syldavia with impressive detail and we shall return to it in later books as well. One of my favourite books in the series, it's a classic fast paced espionage mystery adventure thriller.
We encounter the diva Bianca Castafiore for the first time in this book. She appears in a handful of later books too."