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I strongly advise you to read Book 1, The ruby in the smoke, first. This sequel will not disappoint you; it's a different story, but just as good. Sally, Jim and Fred are 6 years older, and their relationships and character development are intriguing. Some new characters are also fascinating. As for the story, it's brilliantly written with not a dull moment. Don't be fooled by Audible's blurb; Anton Lesser reads this book too. He could make a shopping list sound interesting, but this is no shopping list.
Would you listen to The Shadow in the North again? Why?
Yes, I read the books as a teenager and returned to the audiobooks recently. The books are connected but work on their own too. Sally's character is brilliant, what a wonderful strong character she was to grow up with. I love Pullman's attention to detail, it keeps the stories rich time after time.
What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?
He is a very accomplished actor and performed with skill and subtlety.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I always do both when I listen to these.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I love Phillip Pullmans books (all of them)
I have read the Sally Lockhart mysterys and i love them !!!
I would recommend them to early teens (11-14)
I wish there were some more!!!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Phillip Pullman’s stories are intelligent, suspenseful and challenge the reader / listener to really keep aware of all the intricate plot threads. Anton Lesser’s narration is exquisite and I can’t imagine anyone else could do the Sally Lockhart books justice. Our whole family, aged from 10-47, loved this book.
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