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The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  9,162 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Sally Lockhart is twenty-two, and running her own financial consultancy - a thoroughly modern woman in a world of pompous men - but she's about to be thrown headlong into a vicious web of murder, mystery and pure evil. When a client's lost investment appears suspicious, Sally investigates. Soon she is ensnared in a whirl of high-society danger and deceit, which can lead he ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 13th 2004 by Scholastic Point (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
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
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book on CD: Anton Lesser is a delightful reader!
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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
Dec 12, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Lisa
Shelves: teen-fiction
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
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
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
Pullman is a great writer--characters, plot, setting are all beautifully and deftly developed. The Sally Lockhart series is as engaging a mystery series as you'll find. Sally and her friends/business partners are a delightfully intelligent group who come upon a major mystery that joins a magician's trouble with some shadowy pursuers and a retired teacher's loss of investment money. Something insidious is entrapping Victorian England, and Sally's life becomes dependent upon discovering its source ...more
Mary-Jean Harris
This was an amazing book! It was much more intense than the first in the series, and SAD too (but I won't give it away). I absolutely love the characters, especially Sally, Fredrick, and Jim. They make quite a team! Philip Pullman is an excellent writer, and his style reminds me a lot of Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell. I can't say I liked the ending, but everything else was so exciting and it was just such a great story. I'm not doing a long review this time, but I think you get the message: I ...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
Bexa Blue
Of the three books in the series, this is my favorite, despite the fact that I was absolutely bummed the frak out about one certain plot point towards the end of the book :( I really enjoyed the bits discussing the vogue of spiritualism in the Victorian time period, and I felt the action was well spaced out between the three main characters of Sally, Frederick, and Jim, who are all very likeable and pleasant to follow. Sally is a great proto-feminist character, which makes her a lot of fun to re ...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
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
Raúl Omar
Después de leer la trilogía La Materia Obscura, pensé que jamás leería a Pullman de nuevo, sin embargo, no solamente lo he vuelto a leer sino que tengo que reconocer que La sombra del norte me ha gustado bastante.
Una gran historia, personajes bien construidos y me mantuvo intrigado hasta el final.
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
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
Verity W
So this is a little darker than I'd hoped, but it's still intriguing and interesting. I want to read the next one, but I'm a little annoyed about one of the plot developments in this one. Still, as far as clever YA Victoriana goes it's pretty ace.
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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
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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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.” 18 likes
“Lady Harborough... was on the platform, making a short speech in which she described the valuable work her hospital fund was doing. It seemed to consist largely of rescuing unmarried mothers from poverty and subjecting them to slavery instead, with the additional disadvantage of being preached at daily by evangelical clergymen.” 5 likes
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