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Reviews of Ruby in the Smoke, the (1985)

Review by goldenphoenix (2005-01-01)
When talking about Pullman's novels nowadays, one cannot help but compare it with His Dark Materials, so I shall, but briefly. Personally, I prefer the Sally Lockhart books, because they aren't so dark or morbid. They are more easy to read; by that I mean that they are not classics with great morals and thought provoking storylines, but they are exciting and certainly page-turners. The Ruby in the Smoke is one of those books you finish reading with adrenaline pumping through your veins. It is an historical, romantic adventure story that makes the heart pump and the fingers scramble to turn the page.

Honestly, it's worth a read.

Review by spiphany (2004-11-19)
Even though I knew this wouldn't be on the same level, it was rather a disappointment after "The Golden Compass". It's certainly not a waste of time, but I found it difficult to get engaged and my reaction to the book was only lukewarm.

Review by mojosmom (2004-05-03)
London, 1872. Sally Lockhart is sixteen, and her father, a shipping agent, has died at sea. But there is a mystery behind his death, and as Sally tries to unravel it, she also learns the stuff that she is made of.

This is not the compelling fantasy of Pullman's His Dark Materials series, but has its own merits. There is mystery and romance, but in Pullman's hands these are treated in a very unusual way.

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