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Better than "His Dark Materials",
This review is from: The Ruby in the Smoke (Paperback)
Philip Pullman is great. I read his dark materials trilogy and enjoyed it. But not that much. This book had that last bit in it to turn it from 4 to 5 stars. It is set in Victorian times, where a teenaged orphan has to unravel the mystery that her father sent her before he died. With the help of an abstract photographer, a page boy and a reverend, she must find out what "The Ruby" is, and why her father wanted her to have it.
This is told in a similar way to Sherlock Holmes, and is just as dark and mysterious. Full of Opium, sailors and dark streets. Very good read.