Would never have purchased this ridiculous "book," if I'd known it would be go-nowhere short story. I enjoyed Phillip Pullman's first two "Dark Materiels" novels, hated the third, but "Serpentine" was described as a Lyra and Pan adventure after the end of that. No adventure in this dreary story (and dull drawings). Just a lot of prattling by the main character and constant references to the earlier books. Nothing to propel a story on. Don't waste your money.