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Another Pullman masterpiece,
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This review is from: The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Quartet) (Paperback)
Having read "His Dark Materials", and been amazed by the vast scope of Pullman's ideas and entranced by his writing, I wondered if The Ruby could be so beguiling. After all the huge, multi-dimensional sets aren't available any more - Sally is confined to Victorian England - and His Dark Materials could have been a one-off.
No need to worry, gentle reader, this is a rare gem (sorry!) of a book.
The claustrophobic London of the day forms a perfect setting for a rich and gripping mystery. Sally is a courageous and likeable lead in this immersive thriller. The book is full of dark characters, believable acts of derring-do, and plenty of nasty turns.
I can't get over how much decent fiction has been written recently for the teenage market, and what a tragedy it would be if adults miss out.
If you like Holmes-esque thrillers, this is for you. Not as violent as some, but it doesn't hold back. Don't save it for the kids.