Returning to the world of Lyra and dæmons, Dust and the Magistrium, for the first time in a novel since The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman takes us into a magnificent new story set 10 years before the events of Northern Lights.
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
"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
La Belle Sauvage - The Book of Dust volume 1 - The Book of Dust
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