- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's and David Fickling Books; 01 edition (19 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385604416
- ISBN-13: 978-0385604413
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 5.5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 741 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (Book of Dust Series) Hardcover – 19 Oct 2017
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"Pullman is an easeful storyteller and an intricate and inventive world-builder, and everything he has to write is worth reading." (Sam Leith Telegraph)
"Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world of daemons, alethiometers, the evil Magisterium, friendly witches and foul night-ghasts, yet also delighted by Pullman's new material; meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story." (Independent)
"No one else writes like Pullman . . . terrifying, transporting, exhilarating - and entirely worth the 17-year wait." (Imogen Russell Williams Metro)
"He is a master storyteller . . . Pullman creates a setting so evocative that I actually dreamed I was in it (my dog was my daemon)." (Rosamund Urwin Evening Standard)
"I am confident in pronouncing that people will love the first volume of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Book of Dust, with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out in the mid-’90s, or even when they first met their partners or held their newborn children . . . Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once." (Slate)
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I actually liked Malcolm as the main protagonist - I never liked Lyra.
Another great read from Mr Pullmans 'Lyra Universe' all the same.
I'm looking forward to the other 2 books in the series.
I'd also read along with audio which brought it very much to life and I do hope that Mr Sheen continues to read them.
While a separate and enjoyable story in its own right, several of the themes and characters have a lot more meaning if you have read the original trilogy, which I think will be more important as the series progresses (with the next books taking place after His Dark Materials, while this takes place before). That said, even a fairly rudimentary memory of the original story will more than suffice to equip readers for La Belle Sauvage, as we are thrown into the midst a catastrophic flood that seems set to alter the course of history in this alternate version of Britain.
The plot of the book itself is simple enough, but a lot of Pullman's strength lies in his character work and careful implementation of deeper themes and ideas into his stories. I believe the latter is lacking here, perhaps intentionally so as (much like Northern Lights) this is the first book in a trilogy and so serves more to simply introduce us to the major characters involved. In this, it does very well as grow gradually more attached to protaganists Malcolm and Alice as they experience numerous trials and develop as characters. I personally can't wait to read more about them, and how they tie into Lyra's world.
The scope of the book may be less ambitious than fans of the series were hoping for, but I'm glad Pullman chose to start the new trilogy on a small scale so readers could really get to know the new characters before the next books start tackle more complex themes. I loved it and cannot wait to read to more.
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