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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.
©1986, 1988 Philip Pullman; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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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)
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By Jody on 03-23-05

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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By Crystal on 05-26-12

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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