The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) - Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

By Philip Pullman

  • Release Date: 2017-10-19
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
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From 409 Ratings

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Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--to expand on the story of Lyra, “one of fantasy’s most indelible heroines” (The New York Times Magazine).
 
Don’t miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth!
 
Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object—and finds himself in grave danger.

Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it’s not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice 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 at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it.
 
“Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them.” —The Washington Post
 
“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

Reviews

  • Fantastic Read

    5
    By Breeze + Catch
    This story brought me right back to my childhood. The characters were thoughtful and developed while still maintaining a fast paced plot. I look forward to further installments in the series.
  • I feel really bad for this and I’m sorry.

    3
    By Jellly&Beann
    I wanted to like this book, but it was slow and didn’t have anything that made me want to keep reading. This is the only book I haven’t been able to finish in a long time. I’ve never before had to give a book such a low rating. I want to apologize to any dedicated fans out there who are going to read this and hate me. On the bright side, the mood of the story was unique and I liked the simplicity of it. With hints and nods to greater things.
  • Extraordinarily good

    5
    By MacSteveH
    I just finished my third reading of the book, and I enjoy it more each time. Superbly written, exciting, heroic. You could not ask for more. I cannot wait for the next volume.
  • Read it slowly to make it last

    5
    By RoadrunnerReader
    I bought this book when it came out. I read a few pages here and there. I knew that Pullman’s work was re-readable. This book did not disappoint. It has all the action that you’d expect with the ever-present struggle against the Magisterium. Wonderful.
  • Ready for Book 2!

    5
    By Zani520
    It’s always nerve wracking when someone takes something perfect and decides to add to it. In a world of failed sequels (say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, all the new Star Wars movies, etc.) one hopes for the best and usually ends up with their favorite series ruined. Thank goodness Philip Pullman is a genius, and has added a brilliantly engaging prequel to what is hands down the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written. Not only did he not ruin his masterpiece, he has effectively improved it with additional layers of story and intrigue. I can’t wait to read the next installment. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. I waited 17 years for this book only to finish reading it in under 10 hours!
  • Cj feel sorry and happy 🤓😁

    5
    By Faith May Leonard
    Win cj was so sorry to his self he say sorry because he was got a F on his test so he feel and he feel happy because he was playing at the pool
  • Good

    5
    By Kwon556
    Nice