The second volume in the ground-breaking His Dark Materials trilogy, now with a breath-taking new cover creatively directed and photographed by the legendary Rankin. "What is he? A friend, or an enemy?" "He is a murderer." Will has just killed a man. He's on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds... Rankin's lens has exquisitely captured the bond between character and daemon.