Once Upon A Time In The North by Philip Pullman


Once Upon A Time In The North is another episode from the universe of His Dark Material including the very first meeting of Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear. Once Upon A Time In The North is set many years before Lyra's birth, a young Lee Scoresby pilots his recently won (in a poker game) balloon to the Arctic where he gets involved in a deadly confrontation between the government, an oil baron, a crooked politician, a ship's captain, and a hired killer from Lee's past.

As with Philip Pullman’s other books there are fantasy elements integral to the story but they are included so subtly that you may not even notice. The book opened marvellously with Scoresby crash landing on Navy Odense, I thought that the way he handled this mishap made him an instantly likeable character, Hestar, his daemon only added further to the charm of the book and the characters.

The book itself is just shy of one hundred pages. The presentation is faultless, the size, the illustrations, the board game and of course the story itself are all of the highest quality. This really is a book to treasure. Anybody can enjoy this book, not just fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy. For those of whom Once Upon A Time is their first encounter with Philip Pullman and his work - you will be going out and purchasing the trilogy as soon as you have finished this short story.

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Once Upon A Time In The North

His Dark Materials written by Philip Pullman

When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson's first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of [...]

Published: 0000

Our rating: 8.5 | positive reader reviews


Northern Lights

His Dark Materials: Book 1 written by Philip Pullman

Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon, Pantalaimon, always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lo [...]

Published: 1995

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews


The Subtle Knife

His Dark Materials: Book 2 written by Philip Pullman

Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against [...]

Published: 1997

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews


The Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials: Book 3 written by Philip Pullman

Will is the knife-bearer and his instructions from his father are clear: find Lord Asriel. But Will and Lyra have been separated and Lyra is the sleeping prisoner of Mrs Co [...]

Published: 2000

Our rating: 9.5 | positive reader reviews


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