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One for the fans
on 13 September 2017
As with the other short-stories, this one is a bit of mixed bag. The story itself is actually fairly underwhelming. It doesn't especially feel like the His Dark Materials Trilogy as it's more of a Western, with gunslinger Scoresby facing up with an incredibly nasty rival as he attempts to help reunite a captain with his stolen cargo. The story is short and a little simple, building to a rather tense gunfight but containing no real sense of comeuppance for the villainous Senator.
However, it is a story about Scoresby and he is completely on form. As fans of Northern Lights will agree, Lee Scorseby is a very likeable and memorable character. He's fast-talking, intelligent and calm in the face of danger. His ability to talk his way out of sticky situations is a joy to read, and I loved his relationship with his sardonic daemon, Hester.
The short also features the first meeting between Scoresby and Iorek, though this wasn't quite as integral to the plot as I had hoped. Iorek only really shows up towards the end of the story and there is no real moment that cements their friendship. While it's nice to see this first interaction, I do kind of wish there had been a little more too it.
Still, the short-story was fun and quick to read. Fans of His Dark Materials will certainly get a kick out of it.