Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publishing Date: April 8 2008
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Steampunk
Page count: 110
Once Upon a Time in the North tells a prequel tale of the aeronaut Lee Scoresby from Pullman’s fantastic world-wide hit trilogy His Dark Materials and his first meeting with the ice bear, Iorek Byrnison, set in the familiar North.
The book didn’t appeal to me as much as I thought it would – it’s much more of a bloke’s tale than catering to my taste – there’s a lot of page space dedicated to a shoot out that I really didn’t care about and conversation that I cared about even less, although it does give an excellent representation of Lee’s character as a young man and Hester, his daemon, especially shines with her brief time in the spotlight. But hell, I’ve always loved Hester.