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  • ISBN: 9780553510669
  • ISBN: 0553510665
  • ISBN: 9780553510676
  • ISBN: 0553510673
  • Physical Description: 633 pages : color illustration ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Sequel to: La Belle Sauvage.
The second of three parts ; prequel to His Dark Materials.
"A Borzoi book."
Summary, etc.:
"The windows between the many worlds have been sealed and the momentous adventures of Lyra Silvertongue's youth are long behind her--or so she thought. Lyra is now a twenty-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College and intrigue is swirling around her once more. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. The more Lyra is drawn into these mysteries, the less she is sure of. Even the events of her own past come into question when she learns of Malcolm Polstead's role in bringing her to Jordan College. Now Lyra and Malcolm will travel far beyond the confines of Oxford, across Europe and into the Levant, searching for a city haunted by daemons, and a desert said to hold the truth of Dust. The dangers they face will challenge everything they thought they knew about the world, and about themselves."--Publisher's description
Lyra Belacqua, aka Lyra Silvertongue, is an undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. She and her daemon, the soft-furred pine marten Pantalaimon, are alienated to the point of hostility. Lyra falls under the influence of popular writers who express 'universal skepticism' and contempt for sentiment, kindness and faith. When Pantalaimon witnesses a murder, both of them are pulled into a conspiracy involving the Magisterium. Lyra reconnects with Malcolm Polstead, now a professor at the College, but they are soon drawn back into a battle Lyra thought she'd left behind forever. -- adapted from jacket and online reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    Volume two in the Book of Dust trilogy—set 20 years after La Belle Sauvage (2017), 8 years after The Amber Spyglass (2000)—sees a jaded, grown-up Lyra questing to recover her dæmon Pan, who, in the fallout of their strained relationship, has deserted her to search for the imagination she has lost to adulthood. Meanwhile, Malcolm, having aged into an Indiana Jones/James Bond mashup, investigates a growing conspiracy involving the evil Magisterium and elusive existential mysteries. "And," as the jacket copy says, "they are not children anymore." Indeed, Pullman has left children entirely behind—they're conspicuously absent, both in the book's characters and themes. Whereas earlier installments revolved around utterly earnest, naive protagonists whose innocence foiled the savagery of the greater world, we are now left to wallow in adulthood, a depressing place devoid of wonder and where—for female characters—the threat of sexual assault lurks around every corner. Episodic spy-thriller/political-intrigue set pieces intercut what is often a meandering rumination on philosophy, as Lyra and Malcolm separately slink through a Eurasian underworld. Alas, for His Dark Materials devotees, not a hint of middle grade remains, and teens will likely find little of interest here; reserve this for grown fans who may relish the chance to catch up with Lyra and return to her ever-expanding world.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A generation of fans is burning to reunite with Lyra for the first time since His Dark Materials, and this fall's BBC/HBO adaptation of the series will only stoke the fire. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 November #2
    *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. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, which has been named one of the top 100 books of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. Pullman was knighted for his services to literature in the 2019 New Years Honours.

The Book of Dust, Pullman&;s eagerly anticipated return to the world of His Dark Materials, will also be a book in three parts. It began with La Belle Sauvage and continues with The Secret Commonwealth.

Philip Pullman is the author of many other beloved novels. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!, Count Karlstein, Two Crafty Criminals!, Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess), The White Mercedes, and The Broken Bridge. He has written a magnificent collection, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and his essays and lectures on writing and storytelling have been gathered in a volume called Dæmon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England.

Subject: Belacqua, Lyra (Fictitious character) > Juvenile fiction.
College students > Juvenile fiction.
Secrecy > Juvenile fiction.
Familiars (Spirits) > Fiction.
Belacqua, Lyra (Fictitious character) > Fiction.
Thriller > Suspense.
Crime & Mystery.
Modern and contemporary Fiction (post 1945)
Adventure stories (Children's > Teenage)
YOUNG ADULT FICTION > Action & Adventure > Survival Stories.
Belacqua, Lyra (Fictitious character)
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Juvenile works.
Fantasy fiction.
Science fiction.

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