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Sally Lockhart Quartet

(Sally Lockhart #1-4)

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All four Sally Lockhart novels in one volume.
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Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I admire Philip Pullman more than almost any other writer, for so many reasons, but mostly because he works in a genres where something is usually given-up or left-out -- prurience overrides sex, ripping yarns become didactic, complexity is traded in for main-character likability -- and written young-adult historical fiction that sacrifices nothing. This is exciting, confident storytelling, resulting in books which seem to encompass every aspect of their time (and, oh my god, Victorian London, ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I despise mystery novels, or any of those kind where solving a crime is the major storyline. So i can say that a story has to be really compelling if it happens to be of that kind. The Sally Lockhart Quartet definately took me in.

It introduces a foreign time very well and also made it kind of relateable. And I think Philip Pullman's descriptive voice is very strong, with settings as well as with characters. Sally herself is a very likable character, still the books also take time to focus on
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot rate these books highly enough - they’re better, in my opinion, than the His Dark Materials trilogy (by the same author) and are all page-turners. ‘The Ruby In the Smoke’ follows Sally Lockhart as she tries to unravel the mystery of her father’s murder while ‘The Shadow in the North’ is set around 6 years later when she is working in Victorian London as a financial consultant. Without giving anything away, ‘The Tiger in The Well’ and ‘The Tin Princess’ are also fab books with some ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Book #1 in the series. I mean, it's Philip Pullman! Written in 1985, about 1870's, but that still doesn't really make up for the negative stereotypes about Chinese people. Not terrible, but noticeable.
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Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Was very invested in the story/characters! Can't recall the last time I got so mad at a book as I did here ...more
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
These are, on the one hand, books of adventure, mystery, and romance, written in the style of (or at least heavily referencing) the casual penny-dreadfuls of Victorian England. Yet at the same time, these are compelling stories that explore human emotion, endurance, and relationships, with a healthy dose of philosophy and politics in the mix. Sally Lockhart (the main character in the first three books, i.e. the core trilogy) is a remarkably strong, capable, independent young woman living in a ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
While this series certainly does not compare to 'His dark materials', it still has fully-formed characters, complex story-lines, and that charm of Pullman's prose. Personally, I appreciated the socialist storyline of the 3rd novel. I also luved the fluidity of many of the characters, the way they moved through the series with varying degrees of prominence, similar to how individuals often move through our own lives; we have certain constants, some recurring characters, and people who are simply ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
A fun young adult read!
Dhithya R
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
no where near as good as the golden compass series, much more YA fiction
Emily F
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
children's/ teen fiction.

historical fiction: Victorian England.
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more

Other books in the series

Sally Lockhart (4 books)
  • The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart, #1)
  • The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart, #2)
  • The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart, #3)
  • The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart, #4)