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The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  11,121 Ratings  ·  456 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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Karen I would recommend reading them in order, you get introduced to the characters in Ruby in the Smoke and this one builds on those details. It will be…moreI would recommend reading them in order, you get introduced to the characters in Ruby in the Smoke and this one builds on those details. It will be worth it, they are great.(less)

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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
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Frannie Pan
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2017
Anche questo secondo volume, davvero davvero ben fatto!
Sto adorando leggere questa serie, è perfetta per essere divorata d'estate :3

A fine quadrilogia, ci scriverò su un papiro!
(Uhm.. quelle sarebbero le mie buone intenzioni..)
I'm hooked on the Sally Lockhart series. I listened to this right after listening to 'The Ruby in the Smoke' which is the first in the series and while I liked 'The Ruby in the Smoke', I think 'The Shadow in the North' is much better in both plot-line and character development.

I love Anton Lesser, he's such an amazing actor/reader listening to him read the book is a delight. I love the voices and the accents he gives the characters. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. (July 25
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
I rebelled for months against finishing this reread because THE ENDING HURTS SO MUCH. But the entire story is, of course, so well done and so complex and inviting that even the ouchiest of literary ouchies can't take away the joy of visiting Sally's world again.

That said, if Pullman could let some characters just be happy, I wouldn't be such a blubbery mess right now. JUST SAYING.
Jun 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending sucks. Period.
Michael Fitzgerald
I did not enjoy this nearly as much as the first book in the series. I missed several characters (Rosa, Trembler). There were plot developments that I found predictable. I spotted them coming very early on. I just kept reading to see how those were going to be revealed to everyone else. There were a lot of unbelievable resolutions that really soured me.

I like Sally less in this book. I'm not impressed with the feminist agenda that is sprinkled throughout - it felt false. And the atomic bomb ana
Tirill Bjørkeli Svaler
I can pretend i finished this book but that is a lie i just really wanted to rate it and say that i found it very boring im so sorry, pullman, but i'll give you another try when i start reading the golden compass
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My experience with Philip Pullman is that he writes an excellent first book, but then starts doing nasty things to his characters and basically ruins it all. I hate that his romances never work out. And the books end up getting so dark and twisted.
Tabea Schloß
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book, but i loved this one! More suspense, more crimes, more mystery and sadly more tragedy...also the protagonist Sally is way more relatable now that she is older and more mature.
Claire Russell
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, mystery, 2010, historical, own
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
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2015
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Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010booksread
This book annoyed me in several ways. First of all, it is set six years after the first book and changes many things about the characters with no explanation. A character who was only interested in photographic art is now a private detective. Etc. The plot I actually really enjoyed. It was a fun, light, Victorian adventure story. But then it became needlessly dark and depressing. Pullman doesn't seem to know what kind of book he's writing. He seems to be trying to force a YA book to be more adul ...more
Cora Lee
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :-)
Raúl Omar
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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