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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1878, and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When a client loses a fortune in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out why. But as she comes closer to learning the identity of the firm's elusive owner, she discovers that her questions are far from simple...and that the answers could cost her her life.
Don't miss any of the Sally Lockhart mysteries.
©1986, 1988 Philip Pullman (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"The action is fast, individual scenes are tight and dramatic, the language is vivid and rhythmic, and the wealth of minor characters are sharply individualized....An immensely entertaining thriller." (Booklist)
"Pullman once again demonstrates his mastery of atmosphere and style." (School Library Journal)
"Readers first met the intelligent, inquisitive, and independent Sally Lockhart in The Ruby in the Smoke. Now comes this second brilliant bauble, perhaps more foreboding and terrifying than the first, thanks to Pullman's care in creating lively, superheroic characters and then, just as heroically, killing them off." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about The Shadow in the North

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A great story, but part of the plot is missing!

First, the good stuff: Anton Lesser is an amazing narrator who makes me hear and see each character differently. His portrayal of Jim is so good that it actually brought me to tears a couple of times. His superb narration outweighs any of the not-so-good stuff.

The not-so-good stuff: I didn't get as attached to the plot as I had with Ruby in the Smoke - I think because it was more about the seamy underbelly of the London rich than it was about the seamy underbelly of the poor, which is much more engaging to me - but I still thought it was well-written.

What was tougher for me to get past was that because of the way the book starts off and brings in characters, I felt almost immediately that I had missed a book in between The Ruby in The Smoke and this one. There are a couple of characters who are quite established although they were not in Book 1, and others have disappeared (like Adelaide) that I really wanted to know more about. I've looked around online and it appears that there was actually another book called The Tin Princess that is not considered part of the trilogy but uses many of the same characters. I'm guessing that's where I'll find the missing pieces. Unfortunately, it's not on Audible yet. If I had it to do over again, I'd read The Tin Princess first before listening to Shadow in the North.

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Lots of violence and much sorrow

A complete disappointment after "The Ruby in the Smoke." Way too much violence for a children's book, and I mean graphic, sadistic violence. One character from the preceding story was dropped and never mentioned in this second part of the trilogy. The penny dreadful theme continues, however, with a complex web of story lines dealing with corruption in the stock market, seances and spiritualism, the technical aspects of photography, and the role of women in Victorian society. But so many plot turns depend on the stupidity of some characters, the bad judgement of others, and the implausibility of other ideas, that it was more depressing than entertaining. The particular cruelty of thugs for hire is a given in this series. The helplessness of the poor is well trodden ground since Dickens. The two combined make for some cringe-worthy scenes which must be skipped over if you want to keep on with the book. Not a fun read.

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Another Exciting Tale

Sally was a strong woman when it wasn't fashionable to be. It wasn't a total happy ending, but Sally made it through again. Another exciting listen.

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A bit too grim

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shadow in the North to be better than the print version?

I love the story, but I feel Pullman is a bit too realistic when putting his characters through life's tragedies which would be fine if from time to time there were also happy unrealistic endings. I guess you love the characters so much it really is a bit disappointing when they don't ride happily into the sunset. When the story was getting a bit too grim for my taste it was definitely the narrator with his voice and pace that kept me hooked.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow in the North?

Sally and Frederick's Love scene

Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

He does a perfect job for every character

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The death of the dog made me cry

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excellent listen

I enjoyed the first book in this series, and was thrilled to continue following the lives of these characters into this book. This story is more complex, and darker than Ruby in the Smoke. I highly recommend this series. The narration is perfect.

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too dark

We greatly enjoyed the first Sally Lockhart novel. This one however, is too dark.

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This guy hates women!

I'll start with ...I really enjoyed book one. Book two really angered me. The stuff that happens to this poor woman is horrible. The author pulls you in to really like Sally Lockhart and then he proceeds to make all these awful things happen to her! I hated this book! I wanted to like it because I really have enjoyed all the other books I have read from this author. This is the worst book he has written! Don't waste your time or money! The narration was excellent but that's it! Nothing more. Just crap!

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Loved the first half but then...

It went from something of a rollicking fun adventure to a dark depressing story that was very disappointing. The ending is such a trope, I was rolling my eyes like you wouldn’t believe. The reader Anton Lesser, though, is absolute perfection. Five stars for him, two for the story.

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Amazing story with a superior performance

Where does The Shadow in the North rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

at the top

What did you like best about this story?

I was amazed by the reader's voice repertoire. The story is slightly complicated and he made it easy to follow.

Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

All of them!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely

Any additional comments?

Listen to all three in the Sally Lockheart series.

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still a good listen

I read this series when I was younger and loved it, and that still holds true today. Great for all ages.