This inventive and darkly surreal book is a perfect gateway to the His Dark Materials trilogy. Soaked in the stench of 1600 London, full of conundrums big and small, and swarming with dragons and alchemy, there are indescribable things in here that you do not want to meet in your dreams -- or anywhere else! --Recommended by Jeff, City Lights Books (For ages 9 and up)
Jack is the chosen one, the Radiant Boy the Magus needs in order to perfect the alchemy that will transform London of the 1600s into a golden city. But Jack isn't the kind of boy who will do what he is told by an evil genius, and soon he's battling to save London in an epic and nail-biting adventure featuring dragons, knights and Queen Elizabeth I.