The Shadow in the North Paperback – 3 Dec 2007
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Set against the backdrop of a veiled and misty Victorian underworld, the story of Sally Lockhart-- female entrepreneur and expert financial advisor--and her allies Jim and Fred, begins to unfold as news of the disappearance of the steamship Ingrid Linde reaches the ears of the intrepid trio.
As they investigate the loss, they are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister plot fuelled by the business dealings of the cruel and heartless Bellman. As their investigations continue, strange and supernatural forces intercede, leading them deeper into the menacing back streets of Victorian London and taking them on a journey into the very heart of true evil.
Few authors spin such a cracking yarn as Pullman and The Shadow of the North, a complex story with seemingly endless and breathless twists, turns and cliffhangers, is one of his best. An intelligent, explosive, superbly written yarn that will mesmerise older readers. (Ages 11 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is the second book of the four, in which Sally, Jim and the rest of the group encounter big business and the arms trade, and battle to stop a sinister weapon being built in northern England. There are real surprises and shocks in this gripping story.
A beautifully written book- my favourite of the first three, for it's powerful story and emotional ending.
I recommend it to teenagers and adults.
This is another absolute masterpiece from Pullman, but rather darker than its predecessor. The Ruby in the Smoke talked about greed, desire and stupidity; The Shadow in the North addresses the question of evil face on.
Sally has begun to make a name for herself in business, an incredible achievement for a Victorian woman, and to drag Frederick Garland's photography company back from chaos and near-bankruptcy. A seemingly innocent enquiry by a client about a sunken ship and an apparently genuine clairvoyant leads Sally, Fred and Jim off on another trail of deceit and trechery, leading across Europe, and into the very heart of the British government.
If The Ruby in the Smoke was Pullman's homage to Conan Doyle, this one has a lot more of the Wilkie Collins about it. The plot is just beautiful: neatly complex and tight, twisting and with a sting in its tail that has reduced me to tears both times I've read it. There is a sense of justice and moral certitude in his writing that is deeply satisfying. If there is really a better storyteller than Pullman in England right now, I don't know about them.
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Pullman is back with a sequel to his Victorian-era crime caper, but this outing fails to impress.
The first entry into the Sally Lockhart quartet, A Ruby in the Smoke,... Read more
The Shadow in the North is one of Pullman’s Sally Lockhart books, and so as such, it’s a Victorian era tale of suspense, mystery and intrigue. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Philip Pullman - what more can I say, I am a huge fan of his works, and this series did not disappoint. Brilliantly written.Published 6 months ago by Diseewise
My husband and I enjoyed the audiobook so we bought the book for our 13 year old son. (actually we bought him the first one and he asked for the others. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mama of two