Author Phillip Pullman never intended to publish this, but in a twist of events, a previously unseen novella, titled Serpentine, which is part of His Dark Materials series will be published this fall.
Focusing on an older Lyra, it takes place at the end of the His Dark Materials trilogy, but just before his recent book The Secret Commonwealth. “Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon have left the events of His Dark Materials far behind. In this snapshot of their forever-changed lives they return to the North to visit an old friend, where we will learn that things are not exactly as they seem . . .”
Pullman wrote the story for a charity auction in 2004, at the request of director Nicholas Hytner, who directed a play version of His Dark Materials. The audiobook version will be narrated by Olivia Colman and illustrations will be provided by artist Tom Duxbury.
Pullman had no idea that his stories would be continued, but Lyra and her world drew him in again. “When I wrote Serpentine, I had no idea that I was going on to write another trilogy, showing Lyra as an adult, but she and her world wouldn’t leave me alone. When it comes to human affairs, a billion invisible filaments connect us to our own pasts, as well as to the most remote things we can imagine; and I hope that, above all, these books are about being alive and being human.”
Lyra crosses all sorts of age boundaries, most notably from child to adolescent, and with this new novella, Lyra as a young woman will provide an interesting perspective to all readers of the series.