The new Master at Oxford is the worst. It’s hard to tell whether he’s corrupt or just a weak person, but either way, it’s very easy to dislike him. It’s rare to have someone who makes such a short appearance make such a terrible impact, but that is certainly the case here. Maybe because there are so many brave and interesting characters, the Master stood out as being the opposite, but Pullman has created a rich and exciting world within these series, and I’ve loved getting to see more of it from a range of perspectives. It took a little time to adjust to Lyra as a young adult in the world, especially considering her changed (and strained) relationship with Pantalaimon, but I love every new development.