"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.
She's got some advantages: her knowledge of English literature, French, history, art and music may be non-existent, but she has a thorough grounding in military tactics, can run a business, ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol. But Sally is already in terrible danger after her father's suspicious drowning in the South China Sea. Soon the mystery and the danger will deepen — and at the rotten heart of it all lies the deadly secret of the ruby in the smoke. This rollicking adventure by the author of The Golden Compass is riveting, comic, and sure to leave readers eager for more.
"A rip-roaring adventure story filled with cutthroat villains, dastardly deeds, sleazy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful heroine...Splendid descriptions, plot twists and turns, and understated humor engage readers in this tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery." — School Library Journal
|12 and up
|Sep 9, 2008
|Knopf Books for Young Readers
|A Sally Lockhart Mystery