La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy... Malcolm's father runs an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his dæmon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new...

Details La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

TitleLa Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)
Release DateOct 19th, 2017
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

  • Emily May
    Malcolm tried to remember the fairy tales he knew. Could you bargain with fairies? Did they keep their promises? It's hard to believe, but I was ten years old when I first read Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Along with Harry Potter, it is one of the standout reads of my childhood and, perhaps, my entire life. So, obviously, when I heard about La Belle Sauvage, I simply had to bury my skepticism and read it.And I think this book digs up the...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Phillip Pullman is clearly capable of great things. He achieves an absolute mastery of tone, style and plot in The Golden Compass. However, I found none of that mastery in this book.Admittedly, I had major reservations going into it; yet, for all that, I did approach it with an open mind. I tried to appreciate it for what it was, though sadly that really isn’t much to get excited about. The writing is average, the plot slow and the new characte...
  • mark monday
    A wonderful way to start off the new year, especially with the cold and the wet everywhere. I loved the slow pace of the first half, all of the details that brought life to sweet, curious Malcolm's world. I loved the thrill of the second half: its many surreal and threatening episodes, the rise of Malcolm's rage-dogs, the faerie queen and the witch queen, the bravery, and everything to do with grouchy Alice. The appalling villain Gerard Bonnevill...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    3.5? I was excited to read more from that world. I have to say the book left me a bit... unsatisfied? I wanted more and I will continue reading this series but it mostly felt like an intro, not a full book.However, it made me want to reread His Dark Materials ASAP!
  • Joey Woolfardis
    We delve back in to alternate-world Oxford, miles from armoured bears but surrounded yet again by daemons and the mysterious alethiometers, following a young boy named Malcolm who is stuck in a world where young working-class boys are mostly discouraged from learning beyond their schooling and are fervently taught that religion is the only truth.There is really no great ingenuity here that came previously with His Dark Materials and honestly, tha...
  • Kristen
    *Possible spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.*I cannot believe that I am rating this book 2 stars.This was my most anticipated read of 2017. After reading His Dark Materials last year and falling in love with the world and having the story shatter me and embed itself deeply into my soul, I was so excited for this book, I would honestly go to bed smiling sometimes thinking about how awesome this book was going to be. I think it's safe to say tha...
  • Trish
    The flood changed everything. ... extreme weather had its own state of mind ... I'm usually weary of prequels of any kind. It often sounds like a movie company, author or whoever wants to cash in on past successes. In case of Philip Pullman, I was a bit more optimistic - especially after reading His Dark Materials only last month (I had only known the very first book up to that point). Also, Pullman was indeed asked if this was a prequel, to whic...