Title: La Belle Sauvage.
Author: Phillip Pullman.
Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).
Publishers: Scholastic (UK).
Format: Available in hardback, an ebook, and as an audiobook (paperback will be available at some point).
Cost for Hardback (RRP): £9.99 (UK).
Age Range: 10 years and over, if you are younger than this I suggest asking your parents before reading.
This is the first book in The Book of Dust series, which is a companion to the His Darkest Materials series.
This first book is a sequel to the original books in His Darkest Materials, set ten years before Northern Lights. It is all about how Lyra grew up before her adventures in the original books, and how she was protected as a young child.
The book asks a lot of questions about spirituality and our place in the universe, which is what has made these stories so fascinating for me. Perhaps it is the Ravenclaw in me; because I have a very questioning and curious personality, and I think the only way humanity grows is by asking questions and searching for answers. It can be scary to do that of course, because the answers can be very profound and change everything, but if our ancestors never sort out truth our civilisation would be non-existent. So all-in-all, it is a series of books I think will be popular for making its readers think.
The next book in the series is called The Secret Commonwealth, though I am not sure when it will be released (I am guessing 2018 or 2019).
“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.” Euripides.