The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Series #1)

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Series #1)

by Philip Pullman


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“BEWARE THE SEVEN blessings . . . ” When she first utters these words, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart doesn’t know their meaning. But when an employee of her late father hears them, he dies of fear. Thus begins Sally’s terrifying journey into the seamy underworld of Victorian London, in search of clues to her father’s mysterious death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375845161
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Series: Sally Lockhart Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 87,830
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been named one of the top 100 books of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. Pullman was knighted for his services to literature in the 2019 New Years Honours.

The Book of Dust, Pullman’s eagerly anticipated return to the world of His Dark Materials, will also be a book in three parts. It began with La Belle Sauvage and continues with The Secret Commonwealth.

Philip Pullman is the author of many other beloved novels. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!, Count Karlstein, Two Crafty Criminals!, Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess), The White Mercedes, and The Broken Bridge. He has written a magnificent collection, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and his essays and lectures on writing and storytelling have been gathered in a volume called Dæmon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I do not understand why all the attention has gone to the Dark Materials trilogy when Pullman's real achievement is the Sally Lockhart series. These books are brilliant. I do not say that lightly. The characters are fully developed and engaging. Pullman effortlessly mixes in bits of history, drawing fascinating parallels between technological advances, social changes, the transformations of global capital, and European political upheavals. All of this while managing to pull off breathless page turners.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the past, i have read the golden compass, and i thought it was very well written. It kept me excited throughout the book. Now after reading the The Ruby In the Smoke, i was absolutely blown away. I mean, honestly, i really can't describe! plz read it. This book is so fantastic, you wont regret it! look at the other reviews and how many stars they gave it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am rereading the ruby in the smoke for the second time i loved it i was very glad about her learning about her real father but didn t get a chance to met him
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phillip Pullman has an amazing style. He writes with great detail but keeps your eyes glued to the story at the same time. He has a suspenseful plot that is great for any age and will keep you reading untill you are finnished. Also I was really happy to read about such a strong female charactor, because so many books now have charactors who care more about how they look than who the murderer is. This book is so well writen and suspenseful I found myself relating my life to Sally's. READ IT! What have you got to lose? You win the experience of reading one of the most amazing books I have read. I read alot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books after this one and it still reamains one of the best books I've ever read. It is a great mystery and will keep you turning the pages untill it is impossible for you to stay awake any longer. I think it is an outstanding book, and I always will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Ruby In The Smoke Was so magnifacent I couldn't get my eyes off it! It was very detailed and beautifuly writen. You'll be done in two days! (Like I Was)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! It kept me reading and reading. I never knew what was going to happen next. All the suspense was killing me! I'm very excited to pick up the next 2, but I am very sad that it ends there! Mr. Pullman, if you ever read this, please write more about Miss Sally Lockhart!!! Keep up the great writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books that I have ever read! It is captivating and it is very hard to put it down. Whoever likes murder mysteries and historical fiction will absolutely love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really enjoying this book, even if I am only at page 40!!It is full of intrigue and mystery.I've been looking for a great to read for about a month and I finally found one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book is a great read! You can't put it down, Sally Lockhart, a sixteen year old girl who is out to avenge her father's death is a true herione!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this story,it's my favourite series of Phillip Pullman's books.I think he writes really good books!!! Although in The Tin Princess,i think Sally could have been in it a bit more, but i still really enjoyed it!!! My favourite part was when Sally hid in Fred's tent thing, when Mrs Holland was after her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phillip Pullman is by far the best author. He is also my favorite author! I have read his dark materials triology (those are my favorite) and I am currently getting intrested in the sally Lockheart books. This book makes you think and it's not confusing! It follows a tiwsting plot and is all revealed at the end. You always think its over but then you uncover a new catch. I reccomend this to anyone who wants to read a good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pullman really knows how to write books. I loved his other books (the 'his dark materials trilogy', and the other two sally lockhart books.) He is a mastermind in writing complex, and well devoloped books. I really liked this book and have read it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that connecting the storys was dynamic. It was a book of self discovery. The books title was so perfect in irony, I really enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the people at school are saying 'This book is confusing!' 'It's hard to follow!' and even teachers are saying it's the hardest book on the 2002 English Festival booklist. But I absolutely enjoyed it- I was pulled into the book and lived every minute of it with the characters. I'd love to read the other books in the triology!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, along with Pullman's others. Also like the others, i could NOT put it down!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. It was hard to put it down! Philip Pullman is an excellent author. Some may say it is too hard to understand for a kid, but I'm 11 and I loved it! I would recommend it to any of my friends. Anyone who loves mysteries should read this book. Even if you don't like mysteries, if you read 'The Ruby in the Smoke', you will start loving mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
.. perhaps. I first read The Golden Compass, and immediatley fell in love with the book. Skeptical of his other writings, I went to the library to check out The Subtle Knife. Finding that it was already checked out, I decided to read one of his other works, but was convinced I was not going to like my selection -- the Sally Lockhart triliogies. However, I read The Ruby In The Smoke the very next day (and finished it within an evening, I tend to read fast.) and could not wait to begin reading the sequels!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great!! If you like mysteries or historical fiction, then you have to read this book. The time period is great and the plot is so good that I couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the books that I will always remember! It doesn't matter if you like SF or you are a teenager ( I am not), the book is going to impress you. I strongly recommend it to everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm only eleven and halfway done with this book but already Pullman has again pulled me into his exquisite writing. This is an outstanding book that leads you trough the tale of a strong and clever young woman. Any person that has read Golden Compass or Amber syglass will definatly love this book.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good, solid, rollicking mystery, with lots of interesting characters, satisfying twists, and convincing menace.Alas, Sally is one of the weaker characters, she skipped from strong-willed to nervous wreck a little often for my taste.But still, I really enjoyed this, and i look forward to continuing the series.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sally is a teenage girl living in Victorian England when her father dies unexpectedly. A mysterious letter leads her to believe he was murdered and she begins to search for the truth. This mystery has a very Dickensian feel to it. Orphaned girl, villains after her, paths crossing with interesting people from all walks of life; add 300 pages and it might have been mistaken for a female version of Oliver Twist. Sally herself is pretty fantastic. She smart, logical and has a wonderful mind for business. She also refuses to shy away from danger or to get caught up in the petty deceptions of others. When faced with the prospect of living with an awful, controlling woman or heading out into the unknown, she doesn¿t hesitant to walk out the door. I don¿t know if I¿ll continue to read the rest of the books in the series. I enjoyed the first one, but it provides closure and I¿m not dying to continue. I do wish I¿d read the series when I was younger. I probably would have loved them.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book came highly recommended and deservedly so. I love all the Victorian back ground information contained in here which helps to create an authentic feeling world. Sally Lockhart and the friends and allies she discovers over the course of the book are fascinating characters and Sally's story is interesting and intriguing.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I should have loved, but I only liked it. It was well written, believable characters, A nice mystery, and it has a strong female lead in the Victorian Ages that actually makes sense. But, I only liked it. Maybe it was because I read it chapter by chapter, when I was so sleepy. Or maybe it was that I saw bits and pieces of the BBC production of it on PBS so kind of knew what was happening. Or maybe it just wasn't my type of book.Either way, I think I'm going to read it again :)