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Publisher's Summary

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters. An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.
©2009 Phillip Pullman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 11-14-12

As good as Book 1

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Úna on 05-19-17

Brilliant series

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.

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By julie withers on 12-19-16

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!

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By K. Chong on 02-04-18

Brilliant storytelling

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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