Serpentine by Phillip Pullman

In Serpentine we revisit Lyra and Pan after the events of His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass and before The most recent addition to the Book of Dust Volume 2: The Secret Common Wealth.

Lyra and Pan are off to the north again, but this time it’s on an expedition with scholars from Jordan College.

If you’ve read the other books then you know our girl Lyra is curious, and that urge is still going strong.

An image of the book Serpentine by Phillip Pullman. Pictured in the snow. Taken from Instagram @readingwithsam

Lyra and Pan convince an adult they’re with on the trip to give them a bit of time along to explore the village where she first met Iorek and Lee Scoresby.

Here she revisits an old friend to gather some more information about the relationship between humans and their daemons, but you know she is going to uncover even more.

It was so nice to jump back into Lyra’s world. The book is a bit short, but don’t let that stop you.

Phillip Pullman has such a way with words that you’re quickly immersed in this universe from the beginning, as if you’ve never put the other book down, and that is definitely a testament to his writing.

The thoughts and feelings Lyra has in this book feel very real and much more developed than in the His Dark Materials series and that is so lovely as a reader to see this progression and development.

I think any fan of either series would enjoy this book. It is short, it took me about thirty minutes to read it, but I wouldn’t let that stop you.

It’s a great way to quickly revisit Lyra and Pan’s world and for those of us who don’t always have a load of time to read in one sitting, it’s nice to be able to quickly finish this book.

Fans of all ages will enjoy this, not only did I read it, but my 11 year old devoured it in one go as well.

I personally loved this story, I think it’s a great gift for any His Dark Materials fan – book or tv show – and it’s a great way to get your fill while waiting for the third volume of The Book of Dust trilogy.

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