Serpentine will be a companion book to the His Dark Materials trilogy and a sequel to the series, written by Philip Pullman. It will be released on 15 October 2020 and will take place after The Amber Spyglass but before The Secret Commonwealth, following Lyra Silvertongue and her dæmon as they travel to the North in search of answers. The announcement of the book - on 9 July 2020 - coincided with the 25th anniversary of the publication of Northern Lights.
The novella was originally written in 2004 for Nicholas Hytner (who directed the His Dark Materials play) who bought it and gave the money to charity. Despite Pullman never thinking it would be released, he stated that, in the second novel of The Book of Dust, there was a change in how Lyra saw herself, and that it was prefigured in this short story.
|Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials|
|Main Trilogy||Northern Lights • The Subtle Knife • The Amber Spyglass|
|The Book of Dust||La Belle Sauvage • The Secret Commonwealth • The Book of Dust Volume Three|
|Companion Books||Lyra's Oxford • Once Upon a Time in the North • Serpentine • The Collectors • Green Book|