La Belle Sauvage

La Belle Sauvage

Book - 2017
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Shares the story of how Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon came to be living at Jordan College.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
ISBN: 9780375815300
Characteristics: 449 p. ; 24 cm


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Donna_R Jan 18, 2018

This was as wonderful as I'd hoped. It also reminded me of Badjelly the Witch. I might be alone in that reckon - but it is a high compliment.

AL_SUMMER Jan 11, 2018

Unlikely companions Malcolm and Alice set out on the adventure of a lifetime to protect Lyra from those who wish her harm. I loved the spy craft, fantasy, and thrilling escape scenes in this companion novel to the His Dark Materials series.

Jan 09, 2018

Dissapointed! I greatly enjoyed the Golden Compass series and was excited to hear of this new series. I found it quite slow and was not drawn in to the characters. I felt like I was missing something, as if there was some pre-reading required (above and beyond the Golden Compass).

EvaELPL Dec 27, 2017

I love this universe so much that it was fun to read another story set in it, and Pullman is a wonderful writer, but I didn't feel the connection with any of these characters that I'd hoped I would, and I can't say I thought it particularly added much to the canon.

AL_JOHANNA Dec 08, 2017

It was lovely to have another chance to visit the universe Pullman built in The Golden Compass! The story and characters were just as rich and intricate as in the original books, and we got the chance to see a whole new side of Lyra's London. The fantastical plot makes heavy use of folklore and fairytales, but even at it's most surreal, the book is still grounded by the sensible and brave young children at the heart of the story.

Dec 05, 2017

Prequel to 'His Dark Materials'. We meet Lyra as a baby, learn some of her back story and that of her parents, some favourite characters from the original trilogy also put in an appearance.
With the introduction of new young characters, this is promising to be as good as the original series, can't wait for the next book

Nov 27, 2017

I'd forgotten what a good writer Philip Pullman is. A breathless adventure with much to ponder.

liljables Nov 17, 2017

A prequel so long after the original trilogy could've been a disaster, but Philip Pullman worked his magic. I'm so glad that this book is a worthy addition to the world of His Dark Materials, and I'm really looking forward to more. La Belle Sauvage is a slow burn compared to The Golden Compass - we're introduced to fewer characters, creatures, and concepts in the prequel. But I think Pullman successfully instills in the reader a sense of slowly dawning foreboding, right along with our hero, Malcolm. If you haven't read the original trilogy, La Belle Sauvage will keep you guessing, and if you have, you're sure to enjoy a return to this beloved world.

Nov 08, 2017

I love Philip Pullman. He portrays evil extremely effectively--you feel it as you read it. But his greatest strength is in portraying relationships and dynamics between characters. His descriptions of conversations and exchanges between Malcolm and the nuns were wonderful and engaging and had heart. Relationship dynamics got more shallow in the last half of La Belle Sauvage, which was disappointing, but I'm hopeful the next volumes will pick up where this left off.

Phil_R Oct 29, 2017

Well, it certainly got me excited for volume two. But then I was pretty excited about volume one in the first place.

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Jan 17, 2018

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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