Synopses & Reviews
Featuring the illustrations of John Lawrence and a removable board game inside the back cover, this exquisite prequel to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy offers a glimpse into the friendship of two of the trilogy's most beloved characters Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.
"Fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy will get a kick from this wisp of a novel, which immediately introduces 'a lean young man with a large hat, a laconic disposition, and a thin mustache': Pullman offers up the backstory about that legendary Texan, the aeronaut Lee Scoresby, his jackrabbit daemon, Hester, and their first encounter with that other series favorite, the armored bear Iorek Byrnison. But this story reads as a stand alone, too, accessible to those unfamiliar with The Golden Compass and the rest. Bringing in his signature talents for rich scenic description and dramatic action, the story begins as Lee arrives on the island of Novy Odense, looking for work, and instead finds adventure. Notably, Pullman tells the story from Lee's perspective, trading in trilogy heroine Lyra's point of view for that of an adult man. Lee and Iorek team up to help a sea captain save his ship's cargo unfairly embargoed by a corrupt local politician (he harbors a deep prejudice against armored bears) and square off against the politician's bodyguard, a hired killer. Readers will appreciate this story's larger-than-life tenor, so fitting for the heroic Lee Scoresby. Kids will enjoy the extras, such as the pull-out board game Peril of the Pole ('for four to six players and their daemons') and 'newspaper' clippings. Illustrated throughout with small engravings; final art not seen by PW. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This exquisite new prequel to Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy starring Lee Scoresby, Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua features the illustrations of John Lawrence and a removable board game inside the back cover.
About the Author
A graduate of Oxford University and a former teacher at Westminster College, Philip Pullman has written novels, plays, and picture books for readers of all ages. He lives with his family in England.