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  • Yet another spellbinding fantasy from Pullman

    Pullman's "Dark Materials" trilogy is one of my favourite stories of all time and because of that, I have had high expectations of this prequel and I was not disappointed. Newly introduced protagonists Malcolm and Alice are very much human - brave, empathetic, fallible, vulnerable, but of heart of gold - and I felt a deep affinity to them (particularly of the cautious pre-teen boy Malcolm Polstead, who was growing and mature while coping with unexpected predicaments to protect Lyra from myriads of outside threats. It looked almost impossible for an 11-year-old boy but somehow he managed to do it. Lyra is not doing much here as she's only 8-month old, but Malcolm and Alice fill the gap nicely with their concerted efforts to save the chosen one. One small regret I have with this book is that the ending seems too sudden and wanting as it doesn't tell readers what happens immediately after their successful arrival in the sanctuary for Lyra. I expect that the next installment of "The Book of Dust" explains the aftermath in a more fulsome manner. Now I am eagerly reading "The Secret Commonwealth." While reading Pullman's parallel universe, I can't help being fascinated by Mr. Pullman's brilliance and ingenuity of the concept of "dæmon" that in his world, everyone has one's external physical manifestation of the person's 'inner-self' that takes the form of an animal, and that when young, his/her dæmon is not fixed but changing with multiple potentials - if you are a good person, so will be your dæmon for example. One of the scariest villains of this book is a rogue scientist Bonneville and his dæmon is a three-legged - not four - hyena!

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  • Worth waiting for!

    But hopefully we don't have to wait as long for the next. It left me hungry for more.

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  • An absolute delight.

    I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy a prequel series, but Pullman is a consummate artist and he has crafted a marvelous story here. I'm already itching for the next installments.

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  • Worth the wait!

    Absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Hopefully we won't have to wait 17 years for the next one!

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  • Amazing.

    Omg! I have waited so long for more of Lyra's story?, and this didn't disappoint! I can't wait for the next book! Thank you Philip Pullman for reminding me of this wonderful world. I will be sharing it with my children when they are old enough.

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