The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart Series #2)

The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart Series #2)

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by Philip Pullman
     
 

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WHEN ONE OF Sally’s clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy and elusive industrialist, she uncovers a plot so diabolical, it could subvert the entire civilized world.

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WHEN ONE OF Sally’s clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy and elusive industrialist, she uncovers a plot so diabolical, it could subvert the entire civilized world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. Six years after the close of the first book, Sallynow 22 and still galloping over Victorian conventionsis embroiled in high-level business and government fraud; lest this sound dry, there is also a secret weapon (``the shadow'' of the title) under development north of London that, in this setting, is as threatening as a nuclear arsenal. The mystery has many more tangled elements than the first tale, but they are all untangled and quite elegantly tied up; readers will weep at the deeds of true villainy and smile through their tears at the close, as they are offered Sally's radiant look to the future, to unfold in a promised final volume of the trilogy. Ages 12-up. (March)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Murder, mayhem, and mystery are once again the bill of fare as Pullman returns to Victorian England and the unconventional life and adventures of Sally Lockhart. Now 22 and a spirited early champion of women's rights, Sally finds herself involved with chicanery at the highest levels of government as she attempts to recover money lost by one of the clients of her financial consulting firm. She and her old friends, private detective Frederick Garland and Jim Taylor, undertake investigations which lead to a deadly confrontation with the evil Axel Bellmann, the wealthiest man in Europe and creator of a weapon so powerful as to change the course of empires. As he did in The Ruby in the Smoke (Knopf, 1987), Pullman once again demonstrates his mastery of atmosphere and style. Readers of that first book may be put off, however, by the more somber tone and the thematic and symbolic weight of the second, which demand special maturity and sophistication of its readers not only to grapple intellectually with such issues as the moral implications of the Industrial Revolution and the dehumanization of man by machine but also to deal with both the sexual expression of Sally's growing love for Frederick and the violent deaths of leading characters. Too many of the characters seem to be manipulated for thematic ends, and one wonders if the conventions of the mystery/adventure genre are not too fragile to bear the weight of Pullman's thematic ambition. Such issues are sure to inspire spirited discussion, the resolution of which may have to await the final volume in the trilogy. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375845154
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
Sally Lockhart Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
130,737
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Pullman is the award-winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in Oxford, England.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Norwich, England
Education:
Exeter College, Oxford University
Website:
http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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The Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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When a book gets me to scream at it 'and not out of frustration', then I consider it good. Though I've only read the first two in this series, I've been really impressed. I don't usually read mystery novels, but these books are so much fun. I feel so involved and connected with the characters, especially Sally. The plot is absolutely gripping, the losses tragic, and the ending satisfying. However, I must warn anyone that hasn't read the this book not to read too many of these reviews or the plot synopsis for the third book, for they will give away major plot points! I knew about a death before it happened, and I feel this knowledge made it a little less traumatic 'though still absolutely heart-wrenching'. I suggest The Shadow in the North to anyone because it is really that much fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished reading shadow in the north, and found that it was very well written. the reason i gave it four stars instead of five, is becasue i felt it lacked something, and it wasn't as good as the first book, the ruby in the smoke.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really draws you in, your heart just aches for Sally over the loss of Fred and Chaka! Made me want to give my fiance a big hug! I'd give it 5 stars, but I want Fred back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most moving and brilliant book I have ever read! The second in the Sally Lockhart series, and though I loved them all I believe this was the best. I was completely drawn in and cried and laughed along with the characters, I couldn't put it down! There is a heart-breaking twist, but the ending is so dramatic and moving that it quite literally blew me away! A must-read if you like romance, adventure, action, and suspense all rolled-into-one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the follow up of the ruby in the smoke and is a all-time classic it is sad dramitic mysterious and romantic all at the same time. I don't usually read this kind genre (victorian Mystery) but it was amazing and i recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of adventure, humor( Mackinnon is hilarious!) and one thing all books need- drama. It's a bit darker than the first book, but that's part of why I love it!. But one more thing:I'm really sad about Fred dying, too, but has anyone mentioned Chaka? I CRIED at that part! At least Sally has Fred's baby to remind her of him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's really sad and amazing too!
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This book pulls you into its intense spiral of love, mystery, and deception from start to finish. This wonderful novel has everything from performers to mechanics and would interest many readers of this era
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a great book, but the end was really sad. I can't beleive Fred is dead....... I wish he had died in a better way at least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've ever read. Pullman is an incredible author. The book is swiftly moving with secrets and adventures around every corner. Poor Fred though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that book could only be written by a genious. It is my favorite book and I hope other people would like it too. The Shadow in the North is a great mystery, and I cried buckets in the end. You should read it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The very beginning is good, but the end is soooo sad. I can't believe what happens to Fred.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have read, Phillip Pullman's unique writing style combined with the deceptive plot and chrming characters is the best formuka for a book, and Phillip Pullmn knows it. Jim is a gentleman with the air of an aristrocat, hee is an inquisitive character that everyone fall si n love with. Sally is a feminest which adds to the books values, along with Fred probbaly the bashful gentleman of the group but his character has a twist, he turns to the symbol of a heart thob for sally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, Philip has captured my attention in every book he has ever written! But this one has caught me off guard so many times that I had lost count! I fell in love with the characters all over again. Once I picked up The Tin Princess, I had to find out the characters past lives. And it's rare that an author can get emotions out of reading, but Mr. Pullman, you are truely a genius! I started to cry infront of my class mates when I reached the end of Shadow in the North. I was stuned and could not believe my eyes. You are the only one who can play tricks on the reader's mind and stab at their hearts with unexpected perfect timing! You are my favorite author and I respect your works. And I hope that some day, I will become as great as an author as you.