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Enjoyable but didn't have the magic of His Dark Materials
24 June 2018
Like many other readers, I awaited this book with huge anticipation and pre-ordered it at the first chance. I felt a little underwhelmed and disappointed. It still holds the Pullman style of excellent character building, intrigue and richly detailed descriptions, but I found the story quite dull. It actually took me a little while to read the Book of Dust as I found myself switching to others (something that never happened with the other books). There were some very enjoyable cross-references to the His Dark Materials trilogy, and certainly it seems that an interesting story is building, but I felt this book was just a necessary precursor to the coming two books.