After winning his hot-air balloon in a poker game, Scoresby finds himself floating north. On the Arctic island of Novy Odense, Scoresby and his dæmon Hester become involved in a deadly plot involving an oil magnate, a corrupt mayoral candidate, and a hired killer who is Lee’s longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country. Forming an alliance with one of the island’s reviled armored bears, Scoresby fights to break up the conspiracy.
Iorek and Lee are two of my favourite characters, and I loved this story of how they met. It’s the perfect meeting for these brave, adventurous people. My favourite part is how much they keep messing up each other’s names. It’s so annoying that characters in books always understand and remember names perfectly, which is so inconsistent with reality.
This story is short but exciting and a fitting meeting for two great adventurers.