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The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  8,255 ratings  ·  337 reviews
WHEN ONE OF Sally’s clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy and elusive industrialist, she uncovers a plot so diabolical, it could subvert the entire civilized world.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Ember (first published 1986)
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Dec 09, 2008 Larissa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Larissa by: Jenna
The Shadow of the North has a lot going on, including runaway magicians, false mediums, and steampunk weapons of mass destruction. But the true heart of this story does not lie in its intricate and sometimes improbable plot. It's about love. Not that mushy, obsessive stuff so many YA novels devote their pages of purple prose to. This is about a love of equals, and all the sharp, bright angles such a love has to carve a path out where there seems to be none.

Philip Pullman's writing captures all...more
book on CD: Anton Lesser is a delightful reader!
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seriously, why the heck do people waste their time with the golden compass? so good. intelligent, villains you love to hate, sinister plots...i normally hate this word applied to a book, but it was a delicious read. so dang good.
and now, major spoiler...............

......seriously, don't read this if you value the experience of reading a book at all..........

 joke. leave now.......

don't say i didn't warn you.

fred dies! are you freaking kidding me?! stupidly, too. that dumb girl who want...more
Dec 12, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Lisa
Shelves: youngadult
I didn't realize this was the second book in the series until about half way through, but I kept on going with it since I seemed able to figure most things out that I missed in the first book. The story is so incredibly woven, with the characters being given as much attention as the unfolding mystery. There were times of incredible sadness and moments of hilarity. I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator was good - he definitely had to grow on me (he does a wonderful Scottish accent)...more
The ending sucks. Period.
I hate Philip Pullman. I love this book, but I hate him so much right now. Because I can't think of reading this book again. And I don't know when I'll be compelled to read the third installation. Ugh. So much hate. Right about now.

I really liked The Ruby in the Smoke. It was such a great way to introduce a slew of characters, and while there were multiple points of views, I appreciated how the reader knew what the villains were thinking. This kind of writing followed through in The Shadow in th...more
Um, wow. I went into this book expecting a fantasy in the style of His dark materials. But it was actually a Victorian mystery. Silly me. Should have read the blurb.

I thought it was an awesome read. I was hooked from the very first scene, when independent Sally, a financial consultant, is confronted by an elderly client who lost all her money. Slowly, Jim and Fred came into the picture with puzzles of their own, and they discover that all three mysteries tie up with one man.

The plot was twisted...more
Claire Russell
The Shadow in the North is set in Victorian England. The three central characters are; Jim, Frederick and Sally Lockhart. Sally, unusually for a woman of the times is working independently as a financial consultant. One of her clients asks her to trace some money, which was lost when the company Sally advised her to invest in, Anglo-Baltic folded. Frederick works in his Uncle’s photographic studio. Jim writes plays, which so far have been rejected and in the meantime works as a stage-hand in the...more
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It's been six years since Sally Lockhart solved the murder of her father with the help of photographer Frederick Garland and the handy office boy Jim Thorpe. In the years since Sally not only studied at Cambridge (although not with a certificate - dang Victorian anti-feminists!) but set up her own thriving investment consulting business. With Sally's sound business advice (and capital), Fred's photography business has continued to grow and evolve - even allowing him to do a bit of private detect...more
Well, I was greatly disappointed with one of the events that takes place in this novel, but someday I'll get over it.

I will say that there were several really awesome turns of phrase in this book, enough that I marked them to laugh over them later.

"She took the fish out of her mouth again, looked at him steadily for a moment, and then released a flood of the filthiest, richest, ripest, fruitiest, foulest language Jim had ever heard. It went on for an uninterrupted two minutes and a half, without...more
What do I rate this audio book?

The reader is fabulous. Lesser reads brilliantly.

Pullman write a compelling story for more than 2/3 of the book.

The historical detail is seamless and breathtaking.

But ... yes, BUT. But then Pullman has three characters behave strongly out of character that results in the death of one of them. The story goes downhill from there. I just could not allow Pullman to take such a lame turn in his own plot. He's too good a writer to pull a stunt like this. If he's going t...more
Okay...this was a great little read. These books are all plot driven, but they're really interesting and have some lovable (& despisable) characters. I still think its interesting that these are for young readers b/c the evil people are pretty dang mean, but maybe that's less complicated than nice evil, which is even more frightening. This series is a good one to read when you want something interesting, but do not want to wander what long descriptions of the plant life mean in the symbolizi...more
The writing as usual with Phillip Pullman is elegant and engaging with superb pace that keeps the story bubbling along all the time. I thought it was actually marginally better than Ruby in the Smoke. It's still not quite five stars for me as it does have one of those James Bond endings where the villain explains his whole plot to the heroine (Sally) and then stands around while she thwarts it. I didn't mind the bitter sweet nature of the end either, but there were a few scenes where I felt peop...more
Cora Lee
This book reminds me of the Nancy Drews that I adored so much as a kid, but with a historical bent. I would have loved it then, and find myself liking it quite a lot now. The style is easy to read, the historical details make sense but don't overwhelm the story, and the mystery was complicated enough to be interesting without being convoluted. I'm looking forward to the next in the series :-)
E.J. Frost
I read the Sally Lockhart series so I could talk about them with my 12 year old daughter, who read them for her summer reading project. I think I ended up liking the books more than she did! I enjoyed them more than the later "His Dark Materials" books, which kind of creeped me out.

The first of the series, The Ruby in the Smoke, is very good, but the series gets better from there and I think I enjoyed this and The Tiger in the Well the most. Sally is facing off with truly diabolical adversaries...more
Beth says 4.5 Stars...

I've been a fan of Philip Pullman since I read the astounding His Dark Materials trilogy. I picked up the first of the Sally Lockhart mysteries years ago and just never got any farther. That's my mistake because I inadvertently missed this delightful little book. Pullman is a master of connecting complex plot threads without dropping any of them. There are two mysteries that at first appear only tangentially related, but that intertwine in unexpected ways revealed throughou...more
Katie M.
Sally Lockhart and some of the other main characters are wonderful, complex characters, but somehow the book as a whole didn't quite click for me. I'm not entirely sure why. Part of it was that the setting mostly felt like a straight-up historical mystery but then there were a few fantastical elements that didn't really feel like they fit. If you're going to do steampunk or supernatural, great, but you've got to commit to it, not just sprinkle revelations found via psychic powers in as a plot co...more
Ray Campbell
Once again, Philip Pullman has captured Victorian England in a mystery/adventure worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While Sally Lockhart is an adult character, the sensibilities of the age are such that there is an innocence and gentility that makes book appropriate for a teen audience.

This is the second in a series which appears to have three book. However, you could pick this up and start the adventure without having read the first book. The only references to the first book are in the context...more
Steph Su
A significant improvement over the faux-feminist charade that was The Ruby in the Smoke. Sally actually DOES stuff and takes stances in this installment of the Sally Lockhart series, and while I may not always agree with the positions she argues, especially when it comes to romance, I have to respect her for standing up for what she believes in. Besides for that, however, I still did not achieve a sort of emotional connection with any of the characters to be much shaken over the shocking event t...more
Another excellent book in this series. I am sure I will stick with this one. For me it is real edge-of-your-seat action. I can't put the books down when I get to certain dramatic parts.

Sure, some of the action is designed just for the drama of it and I know that. There are several surprises in store for our heroine and all of them pack the maximum punch. I was actually even really concerned for her safety even though I am aware there are more books in the series.

A new conspiracy is uncovered whe...more
Aug 03, 2014 Paperadventures rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers/mystery novels that come in series and are cliched to oblivion
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This book is the second in a series, and is set in Victorian London. What I really liked about this book was Sally's independence as a financial consultant and of course the amazing Chaka. We are glad to find Fred and Jim as cheerful as always - despite the quarrelling between Sally and Fred! To add to that, I discovered that I had read this book before in a different edition (though not the first book), but I thankfully couldn't remember anything anyway, so no spoilers for me!
I guess the only h...more
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Sep 15, 2014 Pierced Librarian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes YA
Recommended to Pierced Librarian by: Me, I am really good at recommending books to myself
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
There is a lot of action happening in this Sally Lockheart book.

Weak/insipid conjurers, May-December romance, sister sin love with the same dude, a skilled artist of fabric- who has a wine port birthmark- she is also in love with the conjurer, highbrow society, a hidden marriage, a young woman married off to settle her parents debts, a mad-man and machinery, a large devoted dog, a tin box of love letters, fire, death, and people falling in love- of just finally admitting they are in love.

Es algo así como un 3.5... o un 3.8. Me gusta mucho la idea detrás de Sally pero en verdad, aunque es una gran heroína, la verdad es que muchas veces se queda corta a aquélla descripción de una mujer que "monta como un cosaco" y para tener tal habilidad con la pistola la verdad es que ha resultado muy infrecuente verla disparar, aunque es cierto que todo se puede ver justificado. Por otro lado, es un buen libro pero la verdad es que con el peso que trae la trilogía de "La Materia Oscura" siento...more
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The Shadow in the North is the second of Pullman's Sally Lockhart mysteries, and I think it's better-written than The Ruby in the Smoke, or maybe I just liked it more because I already know the main characters. Sally, who's now twenty-two, is a partner in Garland & Lockhart's photograph studio and has also set up shop on her own as a financial consultant. Fred, a bit older, has found a passion for being a private detective (which is a bit weird/unexplained, since in the last book he was a ph...more
M.G. Mason
Book 2 in the “Sally Lockhart Mysteries” series.

Set a few years after the first book The Ruby in the Smoke, Sally is well-established as a financial advisor and accountant to her friend (who loves her dearly) Frederick Garland.

Three seemingly separate events begin the unravelling the mystery at the centre of this novel. Firstly, a young woman turns up at Sally's office requesting assistance in claiming money back that she had invested in a shipping company when one of its sturdy steam-liners sin...more
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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
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“Looking at them now, thought Jim, you'd never believe they weren't in love with each other, and not with a hopeless, doomed obsession like poor Isabel Meredith. This was what love ought to be like: playful and passionate and teasing, and dangerous, too, with sharp intelligence in it.” 16 likes
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