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An exciting tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga
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.
"An oddity and a rarity....a crystalline story." (Booklist)
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By Helen Feddema on 03-28-05
Great story, great reading
If you loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, you'll love this story, which continues some of the threads in the trilogy. It takes place after the trilogy, and probably won't be comprehensible if you haven't read the earlier books. The reading is excellent -- one of the best I have ever heard -- with the author reading the narration, and various actors reading the character parts. My only quibble with the reading is that the actress who does Lyra's part sounds about 10, though Lyra must be 15 or 16 at the time of the story.
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By Christopher on 12-29-05
As always, Phillip Pullman draws you into the Lyra's world and you are given vivid impressions of her surroundings and thoughts. Well written, it will help us Dark Materials fans wait a bit longer for the next release to hit the shelves. Having read the other books, I can relate to this one. However, a newbie to the series should start with The Golden Compass, because you will surely miss the significance of this book until you've read the others. The only thing that one could say bad (if it's bad) is how short this story is. A great little book for a bedtime story or commute, but not a very long read at all. It ends way too soon!
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