Once Upon a Time in the North (His Dark Materials)
Once Upon a Time in the North - His Dark Materials Author:Philip Pullman, John Lawrence (Illustrator) In this new prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby -- Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua -- is just 24 years old, and he's recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. He finds himself floating North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, where he and his hare daemon He... more »ster are quickly tangled in a deadly plot involving oil magnate Larsen Manganese, corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country: Pierre McConville, a hired killer with at least twenty murders to his name.
It's only after Lee forms an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears that he can fight to break up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling classic western shoot out -- and battle of wits. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game "Peril of the Pole" on the inside back cover, and a glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.« less
This copy of the book comes with a little board game. I never touched mine so...
The book is great. I like that it focused on what really made me fall in love with The Golden Compass: Lyra's world. I didn't care about all the other worlds and the war to stop god (or whatever it was). Lyra's world, where people's daemons lived outside of them and intelligent bears made their own armor, was the only place I needed to be. If you loved the first book in the main series but were disappointed by how the series went in the second and third books, read this. It gets extra points for focusing on my two favorite characters.