Pullman returns to the universe of “His Dark Materials” with this gift-book package anchored by a new short story, “Lyra and the Birds.” There are a few other goodies, including a pullout map of Oxford and a postcard from Dr. Mary Malone. In “ Lyra and the Birds,” Lyra and her daemon companion, Pantalaimon, happen upon a witch’s daemon named Ragi, who has sought out Lyra’s help to find an alchemist named Sebastian Makepeace, who may be able to help his witch, Yelena Pazhets, who has been struck by a mysterious illness.
This book is a fun way to get into the “Dark Materials” series if you haven’t already read it. If you have, and enjoyed it as I did, then this is an extra little treat! Lyra again has some amazing adventures. (And…I love Pantalaimon.) – Jessica, Teen Librarian