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The Boy in the Smoke (Shades of London) (2014)

by Maureen Johnson

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First off, despite this technically being a prequel to the series I would strongly advise that you at least read The Name of the Star before picking up this one. This book does contain spoilers for the first story and I think you'd otherwise find that it ruins a lot of twists for you.

The Boy in the Smoke is a novella that fleshes out Stephen's backstory (which is referenced in The Name of the Star), detailing everything from his relationship with his sister up until he is recruited by the MI5. I won't say anything more here for fear of spoilers but if you've read the first book, you'll pretty much know how this plays out.

The story isn't really a necessary read but it's fast paced and well written. Stephen often comes across a bit cold in the main series, but this story makes him seem more human and really explains why he is the way he is. While I don't think this book is meaty enough to appeal to people who aren't already fans of the series, people who loved The Name of the Star will certainly get a kick out of it. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 147140322X, Paperback)

On a cold night, Stephen Dene went to the Eton boathouse to perform a desperate act. But someone stopped him along the way, sending his life in a new and decidedly strange direction - leading him to London, to two new friends, and to a world of shadows and mystery.

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