Published: 15 October 2020
Serpentine - a novella set after the events of His Dark Materials but before those of The Secret Commonwealth - was written in 2004 but has remained under wraps until now.
In Serpentine, a teenage Lyra returns to the town of Trollesund, the setting of her first encounter with Iorek Byrneson and Lee Scoresby in Northern Lights. Lyra and Pan are older and a little wiser, and in search of an answer to a shocking, secret condition - their ability to separate - from the witch-consul, Dr Lanselius. What unfolds is a tender, revelatory scene that foreshadows Lyra's future struggles as a young woman, and provides insight into Pullman's own early exploration of a previously unthinkable plot development that would emerge in his The Book of Dust sequence: the idea that a human's bond with their daemon can be irreparably broken.
Author(s): Pullman, Philip,
Date of Publication: 01/01/1800,
Published By: Penguin Random House Children's UK,
Book Classification: Children's, young adult & educational,