Philip Pullman Returns with Lyra to Oxford
Over twenty years ago, readers the world over met Lyra Belacqua, daemons, noble polar bears and Jordan College, a parallel of our own Oxford University. We followed Lyra and her adventures through Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra's Oxford, Once Upon A Time In The North and The Collectors. Now, Pullman's newest book, La Belle Sauvage, returns us to Lyra in the first of a series called The Book of Dust. His earlier books have been loved by both children and adults and no doubt this new trilogy will excite his fans.
The new story introduces us to how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College among the professors. The series will focus on Lyra and her life, as well as on Dust, a mysterious cosmic particle that is integral to the plot of Pullman's stories.
For those who have not read his earlier works, please check them out.
Lyra Belacqua has learned that children are being kidnapped and she will not stand for it, especially when her best friend is kidnapped. She must travel to the far North, the land of the polar bears, to rescue her friend and all the other children from being subjects of experiments.
Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will – a boy on the run, a murderer – a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels.
Lyra and Will find themselves at the centre of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.
The Dark Materials series has been explored and studied by fans and authors alike. The following books offer insight from others on concepts, including Dust, the Authority and daemons.
I hope this newest book stands up to his earlier trilogy. You should also check out Pullman's other works. If you have any other favourite fantasy series please let me know in the comments below.