La Belle Sauvage

La Belle Sauvage

Book - 2017
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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,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780375815300
Branch Call Number: YA PUL
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 24 cm

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Kristina Radzhapova 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.

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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

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vashonbookgrazer
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.

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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.

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midori_hon
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_Katy 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.

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Jan 17, 2018

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