The Book of Dust

The Book of Dust

Volume One, La Belle Sauvage

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When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375815300
Branch Call Number: FICTION PUL
Characteristics: 449 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Belle sauvage

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lyla786
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

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!)

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JLMason
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.

ArapahoeSummer Jan 11, 2018

Unlikely companions Malcolm and Alice set out on the adventure of a lifetime to protect Lyra from those who wish her harm. I loved the spy craft, fantasy, and thrilling escape scenes in this companion novel to the His Dark Materials series.

EvaELPL Dec 27, 2017

I love this universe so much that it was fun to read another story set in it, and Pullman is a wonderful writer, but I didn't feel the connection with any of these characters that I'd hoped I would, and I can't say I thought it particularly added much to the canon.

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 - we're introduced to fewer characters, creatures, and concepts in the prequel. But I think Pullman successfully instills in the reader a sense of slowly dawning foreboding, right along with our hero, Malcolm. If you haven't read the original trilogy, La Belle Sauvage will keep you guessing, and if you have, you're sure to enjoy a return to this beloved world.

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