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Serpentine: His Dark Materials

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Short gift book with lovely art is meant for series fans.

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If you're looking for a gift for a true Philip Pullman fan, you've found it, but if you're just a casual fan, you can read this in the aisles of a book store in about fifteen minutes. The black-and-white illustrations by Tom Duxbury evoke a lovely melancholy mood that matches the tone of the brief story itself. In only a few scenes you grasp what Lyra is coping with after she and her daemon had to separate in the world of the dead at the end of The Amber Spyglass. It foreshadows the deeper themes of the second Book of Dust, The Secret Commonwealth.

What will be fascinating to fans is that Pullman wrote this in 2004 when he hadn't even planned on writing the Book of Dust series. It was already somewhere in his head and perhaps this small volume was a catalyst to bring it forward into his consciousness. That idea alone makes Serpentine a worthy endeavor.

Book Details

  • Author: Philip Pullman
  • Illustrator: Tom Duxbury
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: October 15, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 12
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: October 26, 2020

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