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His Dark Materials: Lyra's Oxford Kindle Edition
"His Dark Materials is easily the most deservedly labeled epic of contemporary epic fantasies; here as a pendant to that trilogy is a short story that even in its brevity manages to capture some of the majesty--and mystery--of the parent work."--The Horn Book Magazine
"Fans who can't get enough of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will embrace this small volume, which packages a short story about Lyra along with such ephemera as a beautifully engraved, fold-out map of the alternate-reality Oxford which Lyra inhabits. Puzzle enthusiasts will enjoy poring over the clues."--Publishers Weekly
A very sumptuous and lovingly crafted but tantalizingly brief book , Lyra's Oxford begins when Lyra and Pantalaimon spot a witch's daemon called Ragi being pursued over the rooftops of Oxford by a frenzied pack of birds. The daemon heads straight for Lyra (the creature was given Lyras name as somebody who might help) and is given shelter. Together Lyra and Pan try to guide the daemon to the home of Sebastian Makepeacean alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho--but it is a journey fraught with more danger than they had at first anticipated. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B000UZJQL4
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers; Dgs Fol Pa edition (January 16, 2009)
- Publication date : January 16, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 37185 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 58 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1439590443
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #316,127 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Short Story within the book titled "Lyra and the Birds" takes place two years after the conclusion of the events in "The Amber Spyglass" and details the efforts of a now older Lyra to help a lost witch's daemon find its way back to its host. What the story lacks in length it makes up for in the same action oriented, informative storytelling which made the original trilogy so appealing. With a map of Lyra's alternate Oxford, and other clues pointing to the possible future of the characters the author Philip Pullman has never ceased to amaze me with his allegiance to the series and to his many fans.
The only problem I encountered is that the Kindle version does not display the map in a manner which much detail can be composed of in a knowledgeable manner. Unless you have a Kindle DX or don't mind a squished indistinguishable map I would get this wonderful read as a printed book.
I am planning to start reading The Book of Dust soon!
Pros: Nice presentation, another chance to spend time with Lyra and Pan
Cons: Too short, not very impactful or interesting beyond confirming that Lyra is flourishing after the events of the previous books.