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The Boy in the Smoke is a story in four parts. I will be posting one part each week, until it is complete. It is the PREQUEL to the Shades of London series (The Name of the Star, The Madness Underneath, The Shadow Cabinet, and BOOK FOUR, the title of which is still a SECRET!)  The story was origianally written for World Book Day in the UK, where it came out as a paperback. I wanted to be able to share it with people in other places around the world, for free. I decided Wattpad was the best place to do this!

This story stands on its own. You don't have to have read any of the other books to understand it. If you HAVE read the books, this story will contain additional information that will add to what you already know.

A note about content: section two of this story contains a description of a suicide attempt. I'm not spoiling anything when I say the attempt is not completed. This is about someone who considered it and realized it was a terrible mistake. I've tried to write this as carefully as possible. If this sort of thing is problematic for you, now you know where that is in the story.  

If you LIKE it, please continue reading the series! The first part of The Name of the Star is also here, so you can move right on to that!

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