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The book of dust.

by Pullman, Philip.

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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials—soon to be an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible heroines" (The New York Times Magazine). Don't miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object—and finds himself in grave danger. Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it's not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra. Lyra is at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it. "Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The Washington Post "The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." —The New York Times "People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." —Slate
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* And so it begins again. Enthusiasts of Pullman's His Dark Materials series, which began with The Golden Compass (1996), have been hoping for a return to Lyra Belacqua's world, a parallel Oxford where people's souls are entwined with their own daemons, animal familiars, a place where the future can be discerned with alethiometers and dust has consciousness. Pullman has said this book is not a prequel but rather stands at the side of the trilogy. It is set more than a decade before The Golden Compass. Lyra is a baby being cared for by nuns, her disturbing birth story set against the ongoing estrangement of her parents, Mrs. Coulter and Lord Astriel. Eleven-year-old Malcolm, who works at his parents' inn, finds himself taking on the role of Lyra's protector as malevolent forces seek to control her. Pullman demonstrates that his talent for world building hasn't diminished, nor has his ability to draw young characters here, Malcolm, who is layered enough to carry an adventure through multiple dimensions. The book is divided into two, before and after an unprecedented flood that forces Malcolm and surly teenager Alice to take Lyra on a perilous journey to safety. The boat trip, which goes on perhaps too long, nevertheless is a swirling mix of fear, hope, and intrigue and written in language that's both elegant and earthy. The next title in the Book of Dust trilogy is reportedly set in Lyra's future, not past, and all fans can do is wait impatiently.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "For more than 15 years, fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy have longed to return to the world Pullman created. Now, finally, begins a new trilogy, the Book of Dust, that again immerses readers in a thrilling alternate landscape of animal daemons, truth-revealing alethiometers, and the mysterious particle known as Dust. Lyra, the beloved heroine of the original books, is just a baby; 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead is the hero this time, and a worthy one. Malcolm helps out at his family's inn in Oxford and at the priory where Lyra-sought by her mother, Mrs. Coulter (younger but no less chilling than in the His Dark Materials books), and her father, Lord Asriel-is being cared for by nuns. Inquisitive and observant, Malcolm gets involved with scholar-spy Dr. Hannah Relf and meets (and adores) baby Lyra. But free thinkers are at war with the oppressive religious regime, and everyone wants control of Lyra, who is "destined to put an end to destiny." Amid the roaring waters of a historic flood, Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, attempt to keep Lyra safe, braving kidnappers, government enforcers, murderers, and classmates who, chillingly, are being trained to turn in those perceived to be disloyal to the regime. Fortunately, he has a fleet canoe, the Belle Sauvage of the title, and help from Alice, a cranky and courageous 16-year-old. The new characters are as lively and memorable as their predecessors; despite a few heavy-handed moments regarding the oppressiveness of religion, this tense, adventure-packed book will satisfy and delight Pullman's fans and leave them eager to see what's yet to come. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series The Book of Dust Trilogy
#1 - La belle sauvage
Subjects Young adult fiction
Fantasy fiction
Fantasy
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Random House Children's Books2017
2017
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource.
ISBN 9780553510737
9780553510737
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