The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) - Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

By Philip Pullman

  • Release Date: 2017-10-19
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 282 Ratings



Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking His Dark Materials series--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—coming October 3!

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy. . . .

Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. 

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him. 

When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees 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 the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

Don't miss the second volume, The Secret Commonwealth!

"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


  • Fantastic Read

    By Breeze + Catch
    This story brought me right back to my childhood. The characters were thoughtful and developed while still maintaining a fast paced plot. I look forward to further installments in the series.
  • I feel really bad for this and I’m sorry.

    By Jellly&Beann
    I wanted to like this book, but it was slow and didn’t have anything that made me want to keep reading. This is the only book I haven’t been able to finish in a long time. I’ve never before had to give a book such a low rating. I want to apologize to any dedicated fans out there who are going to read this and hate me. On the bright side, the mood of the story was unique and I liked the simplicity of it. With hints and nods to greater things.
  • Extraordinarily good

    By MacSteveH
    I just finished my third reading of the book, and I enjoy it more each time. Superbly written, exciting, heroic. You could not ask for more. I cannot wait for the next volume.
  • Read it slowly to make it last

    By RoadrunnerReader
    I bought this book when it came out. I read a few pages here and there. I knew that Pullman’s work was re-readable. This book did not disappoint. It has all the action that you’d expect with the ever-present struggle against the Magisterium. Wonderful.
  • Ready for Book 2!

    By Zani520
    It’s always nerve wracking when someone takes something perfect and decides to add to it. In a world of failed sequels (say Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, all the new Star Wars movies, etc.) one hopes for the best and usually ends up with their favorite series ruined. Thank goodness Philip Pullman is a genius, and has added a brilliantly engaging prequel to what is hands down the greatest fantasy trilogy ever written. Not only did he not ruin his masterpiece, he has effectively improved it with additional layers of story and intrigue. I can’t wait to read the next installment. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. I waited 17 years for this book only to finish reading it in under 10 hours!
  • Cj feel sorry and happy 🤓😁

    By Faith May Leonard
    Win cj was so sorry to his self he say sorry because he was got a F on his test so he feel and he feel happy because he was playing at the pool
  • Good

    By Kwon556