The Book of Dust

The Book of Dust

La Belle Sauvage (volume 1)

eBook - 2017
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The much-anticipated new work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last! Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part. The Book of Dust will be a work in three parts, like His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass). The book is set ten years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon. Philip Pullman offers these tantalizing details: "I've always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College, and in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she's grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra's life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her twenty years later. As for the third and final part, my lips are sealed. "So, second: is it a prequel' Is it a sequel' It's neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is...'n 'equel.' It doesn't stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It's a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognize, and characters they've met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have glimpsed in an earlier part of Lyra's story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world. "Third: why return to Lyra's world' Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife ten years before His Dark Materials, and at the center of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little through that story the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more." The books of the His Dark Materials trilogy were showered with praise, and the Cincinnati Enquirer proclaimed, "Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century." With The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman embarks on an equally grand adventure, sure to be hailed as the first great fantasy masterpiece of the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017
ISBN: 9780553510737
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc


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kristina_rad Aug 15, 2018

Returning to the world of Phillip Pullman is a treat. As a teen I devoured the Golden Compass and the rest of His Dark Materials, now having a chance to return and meet a new cast with glimpses of familiar characters was awesome. You instantly become connected to Malcolm, his adventurous and curi... Read More »

liljables Nov 17, 2017

A prequel so long after the original trilogy could've been a disaster, but Philip Pullman worked his magic. I'm so glad that this book is a worthy addition to the world of His Dark Materials, and I'm really looking forward to more. La Belle Sauvage is a slow burn compared to The Golden Compass - ... Read More »

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 13, 2019

It is so wonderful to immerse yourself once again in a fictional world that you love and that you thought you'd never get to revisit (except on re-reads, of course). I had forgotten how much I love Philip Pullman's writing -- it's so clever and imaginative and so very, very British -- and it was really intriguing to jump back into the world of the His Dark Materials books at an earlier time than those books were set (baby Lyra!). I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

Dec 19, 2018

plot - "fantasy" a gripping tale with a few ominous prophecies thrown in.

kristina_rad Aug 15, 2018

Returning to the world of Phillip Pullman is a treat. As a teen I devoured the Golden Compass and the rest of His Dark Materials, now having a chance to return and meet a new cast with glimpses of familiar characters was awesome. You instantly become connected to Malcolm, his adventurous and curious spirit, his innate goodness and sense of what is right and true. His adventure is not an easy one and he becomes a great new hero. I know this is a children's book, but as an adult I am hooked. Can't wait for what's next!

ArapahoeKara Jul 11, 2018

If you're a fan of Pullman's Golden Compass, you'll enjoy this return to the world of Dust and daemons set at the time of Lyra's birth. As always, Pullman writes beautifully, and though this tale unfolds slowly, it's the kind you'll savor.

Jun 02, 2018

This was the first book I'd read by Pullman. My favourite character is Malcolm. Such an inquisitive, bright little boy he is. I am looking forward to reading the second book. ☆☆☆☆☆ - Lyla

May 09, 2018

A wonderful prequel to His Dark Materials series. Makes me want to go back and re-read the other three.

LPL_KimberlyL Apr 19, 2018

This is set in the same universe as Pullman's much-beloved His Dark Materials series, but La Belle Sauvage (or, The Book of Dust) stands entirely on its own. The first part of the novel reads almost like an exciting spy thriller - full of deception, mystery, and the ever-looming threat of flood. The second part is where this book truly excels, though. The tone completely changes, the world becomes even more magical and improbable, and the true Odyssey-like adventure begins. This is a magnificent start to a brand-new trilogy, and I am hooked. (Michael Sheen narrates the audiobook, and it is fabulous!)

ReadingAdviser_Sally Apr 10, 2018

What a fantastic journey back into the fantastical world of Dust and Lyra and alethiometer!

KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

That was well worth the wait and I'm so happy to be back and reading new stories about Lyra's world. This first volume of a new trilogy takes place 11 years before The Golden Compass, Lyra is a baby and our hero is 11 year old Malcolm. Malcolm leads an unassuming life working with his parents at the local pub until he becomes acquainted with baby Lyra, a spy, and the danger associated with that knowledge. Malcolm, another girl named Alice, and their daemons end up journeying with Lyra in the titular canoe after a flood and their journey and quest for sanctuary for Lyra is truly harrowing for kids their age and in the world that is happening around them. Some more adult material is included here but it still feels on par with the old child/early teen group of readers. I hope Lyra gets to hear this story in the next books, it is quite the tale and technically her first adventure.

Suffice to say if you enjoyed His Dark Materials, you'll enjoy this too.

Mar 02, 2018

The original His Dark Materials trilogy was fresh and thrilling as we learned about daemons, puzzled about Dust, and worried about Lyra during her adventures. While the protagonist Malcolm in this first book of the new prequel Dust trilogy is a likeable, doughty lad, his story is uninteresting and unfolds slowly. We already know this world and we know that baby Lyra will grow up safely to undertake more dangerous exploits so there is little tension. I got halfway through the book and decided not to finish it. A reminder that the book is written at the young adult level (12 - 15 ish), which was not a drawback for the original books, but really stood out in the simplistic narrative of this one.

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