Lyra's Oxford Author:Philip Pullman LYRA'S OXFORD, a collectible clothbound gift hardcover, includes not only a beguiling new HIS DARK MATERIALS episode from Whitbread-Award-winning author Philip Pullman but also black-and-white woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence, a lavishly-illustrated fold-out map of Lyra’s Oxford in three colors, and other ephemera never before seen in this... more » world. LYRA'S OXFORD opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird—a witch’s daemon, on its own—tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets, and he seeks a healing elixir from an infamous Oxford alchemist (and rumored man slaughterer) to cure his witch of a strange new disease from the South. Lyra and Pan decide to help and guide him—witches are friends, of course—but the closer their winding walk leads them to the alchemist’s house, the stronger Lyra’s sense that she’s walking into a deadly trap.« less
I loved the HDM trilogy, and this books was fine. However, it is more of a short story that should appear in some sci-fi magazine and not in a book of its own. I'm happy to read it and pass it on to others just so you don't have to pay the $6.99 to read it. Share it with everyone you can. Takes about 30 minutes to read. Very true to the trilogy though, but stands alone as a story of its own.