My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
I first heard the news from one of our children librarians who saw it on NPR.
Quick summary: It's going to be a trilogy. The first book currently has a publication date of October 19 and the books will span HDM (first set before when Lyra's a baby, second and third set after following Lyra as a young woman). According to Pullman "you don't have to read it before you read [the original trilogy] ... this is another story that comes after it, so it's not a sequel, and it's not a prequel, it's an equal."
I can't wait!*
*Not going to lie, after waiting so many years for this book I feel like I might be jinxing the whole thing with this post. But the publication date is this year, so I'm holding out hope it will finally happen.