The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book 1) by Philip Pullman (Review)

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

Format: Paperback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: David Fickling Books

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Publication Date: 19th October 2017

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I really enjoyed reading Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and when I found out he had this book coming out I couldn’t wait to read it. But at the same time, I kept putting  off reading it but I finally picked it up and really enjoyed it.

This was a simple yet fast paced read with an intriguing plotline, with a great set of characters that are very well developed. But do be warned there are a lot of them to keep track of. Thinking back now some of them, I don’t think all of them were really needed as they only appear briefly and you never see them again.

The book is well written but the ending did feel a little rushed. And also I was really looking forward to finding out more about what ‘Dust’ was but unfortunately I’m still not any clearer. Maybe the next book will reveal more details. 

The copy I read had some great illustrations that I really enjoyed looking at. They broke the book up  while at the same time they brought the story back to life.

All in all another great book for Pullman. Highly recommend this one and to those who haven’t read His Dark Material series don’t worry as this book can be read first without being spoilt.

Can’t wait to read the second book, which I hope I can pick up from my local library when it eventually re-opens.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. I loved Dark Materials too and I have this book. No idea why I haven’t worked it in but I really need to. My interpretation of the dust is that which connects us to our spirit and the spirit world (heaven?). I found that weird though considering Pullman’s feelings about religion. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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