So, I am in love with this short little story. I wasn’t aware of it when I read the His Dark Materials series the first time, back when I was in high school. I found it a few years ago and still hadn’t had the time to find it and read it. It’s not very long at all, a short novel of maybe 120 pages. It comes with a map of Jordan College and the other places she goes over the course of the series. I decided that I would buy the books in a collection and came across a really great hard back book deal with Lyra’s Oxford included on Amazon and bought it straight away. I took the paper covers off as to not damage them but the hard binding is beautiful. They both come with a deep red tint with a small gold band. It’s pretty and how I always want my collections to look.
The story is set after the series takes place but seemingly in a different atmosphere. The author had stated the little novel is supposed to be taken as a stand-alone. You aren’t supposed to read it as if expected it was an exact sequel to the series but more as an installment of her life. I love it! I love the idea of a sequel that’s not a sequel. The Lyra and Pan we know and love are still them, no big change that makes you think “How in the worlds did we get here from there?”. I loved it, I highly recommend buying and reading it! It’s not that expensive at all.