La Belle Sauvage

La Belle Sauvage

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"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dus t is one of them." -- The Washington Post

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." ( The New York Times Magazine )

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....

Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust--and the spy it was intended for finds him .

When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl--just a baby--named Lyra.

Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

"The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." -- The New York Times

"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." -- Slate
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780375815300
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Pullm
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Book of dust


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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.

Feb 28, 2018

while this is categorized as YA, the author doesn't condescend or dumb down the vocabulary. if a reader doesn't fully understand some of the events that occur it doesn't take away from the overall enjoyment of the story (and it's probably just as well.)
this book returns to the richly imagined, fully realized world of the Dark Materials. it doesn't count as a prequel for me because i've read hundreds of books in the interim and only remember some of the details.
it's very tempting to revisit the original trilogy and remember the sense of wonder of this alternate universe.

SPPL_KFS Feb 07, 2018

A welcome return to the world of His Dark Materials. I'm not sure how I felt about the more supernatural elements of the second half of the book, but on the whole immersive and thrilling.

DPLjosie Feb 07, 2018

Mr. Pullman, was sexual violence against a girl really the best way to move your story along? I am disappointed with this choice.

Otherwise, it was an enjoyable story.

Jan 30, 2018

I love Philip Pullman. I truly enjoyed this book. How Lyra ended up living at the university, and why her parents behaved the way they did! Hope we don't have to wait very long for the next book........

Donna_R Jan 18, 2018

This was as wonderful as I'd hoped. It also reminded me of Badjelly the Witch. I might be alone in that reckon - but it is a high compliment.

Jan 09, 2018

Dissapointed! I greatly enjoyed the Golden Compass series and was excited to hear of this new series. I found it quite slow and was not drawn in to the characters. I felt like I was missing something, as if there was some pre-reading required (above and beyond the Golden Compass).

AL_JOHANNA Dec 08, 2017

It was lovely to have another chance to visit the universe Pullman built in The Golden Compass! The story and characters were just as rich and intricate as in the original books, and we got the chance to see a whole new side of Lyra's London. The fantastical plot makes heavy use of folklore and fairytales, but even at it's most surreal, the book is still grounded by the sensible and brave young children at the heart of the story.

Dec 05, 2017

Prequel to 'His Dark Materials'. We meet Lyra as a baby, learn some of her back story and that of her parents, some favourite characters from the original trilogy also put in an appearance.
With the introduction of new young characters, this is promising to be as good as the original series, can't wait for the next book

Nov 27, 2017

I'd forgotten what a good writer Philip Pullman is. A breathless adventure with much to ponder.

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Jan 17, 2018

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