Book of Dust

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

Washington Post review:

“This enthralling prequel to the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy takes up the story of Malcolm Polstead, who must save baby Lyra.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.

NPR review:

“Compassionate, smart, and suspenseful, La Belle Sauvage is a worthy companion to Philip Pullman’s splendid His Dark Materials saga.”

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.


Aggregated customer review rating:

4.4 out of 5.0

Ranked 111th in Books

Ranked 4th in Fantasy

Ranked 31st in Fiction

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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Volume 1) by Philip Pullman became an instant New York Times bestseller upon its release and the reviews have just been pouring in:

“Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them.” —The Washington Post

“Pullman’s writing is as deftly brilliant as ever. A triumphant return to the alternate Oxford we love.”— Bustle

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

“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

As the story goes, Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who blends into the woodwork but notices everything. It is no stretch of the imagination then that he becomes a spy….

The boy’s parents run an inn called the Trout and all of Oxford passes through its doors due to its location on the banks of the river Thames.

Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news, gossip and even the occasional scandal but one day, Malcolm catches wind of something new that instantly intrigues him.

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust.

The spy it was intended for finds him and she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open. Of course, he sees suspicious characters everywhere and they are all asking about the same thing: a baby girl named Lyra.

Malcolm is instantly drawn to her and will brave any danger and make sacrifices to keep her safe.

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