‘La Belle Sauvage’ is a worthy and enjoyable prequel to the ‘His Dark Materials‘ trilogy, which remains one of my favourites.
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It rips along on a floodtide of adventure, betrayal, friendship, and loyalty.
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I was pleased to find Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter within the storyline, and of course no ‘Dark Materials’ tale could even exist without ‘daemons‘. (These are not the same as the daemons in Deborah Harkness’s fabulous ‘A Discovery of Witches‘, in case you’re wondering!)
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There were some tantalising mentions of Dust and ‘consciousness‘, and of other items unique to this series (I am trying to avoid giving spoilers!) which made me want to read the whole ‘His Dark Materials’ series all over again … if only I had time, and a shorter TBR pile!
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I’m giving this book 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5, and highly recommend it to you if you enjoyed ‘His Dark Materials’ – and/or if you like the sort of thing we write about in ‘The Lazuli Portals’ trilogy!
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I’ll definitely be purchasing the next one in the series, ‘The Secret Commonwealth‘, out later this year. This takes up Lyra’s story some years after The Amber Spyglass’, and I’m really keen to see what happens!
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Have you read ‘La Belle Sauvage’ and/or the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy? What did you like best about it/them? 🙂
Ooh, I almost forgot: ‘His Dark Materials’ has been adapted for television by the BBC, and will be airing soon! Here’s one of the trailers.
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With lovelight blessings,

Joanna ~*~

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