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"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." —The Washington Post

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." (The New York Times Magazine)

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.

"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

Young Adult
October 19
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Kwon556 ,



Breeze + Catch ,

Fantastic Read

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.

Jellly&Beann ,

I feel really bad for this and I’m sorry.

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.

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