I read Philip Pullman's Dark Materials Series when my cousin recommended it, and I loved it. It was dark, exciting, intricate and incredibly creative, so I decided to read some more of Pullman. The Ruby in the Smoke is an earlier book of Pullman's and the first novel of another trilogy; it's an action/adventure/mystery set in London in 1872. Sally Lockhart is an unconventional sixteen-year-old girl who is living with her mean and bitter relative because her father recently died abroad a ship in the East. She gathers around a number of interesting supporting characters around her as she attempts to discover the mysteries surrounding her past and her father's death.
I don't feel very strongly about this book. It was a fun read and an interesting story. I liked the characters and I wasn't bored, but it didn't seem as magical or elaborate as The Dark Materials. I've gotten attached enough to some of the characters that I'm a little concerned about some of them, though; and I'm definitely going to finish the rest of the series.