Philip Pullman's long-awaited "equel" to His Dark Materials begins today!
The Book Of Dust is a 3 part series that takes place both before and after the original trilogy
Book one, La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, is out now, and is a dark, political, creepy, upsetting, but excellent read. It's set when Lyra is a baby, and follows Malcolm Polstead, a boy who becomes her servant for life upon setting eyes on her. It's not a barrel of laughs – it's chilling, bleak, tragic and disturbing – but it's great to return to the world of daemons and alethiometers.
Not a keen reader? There's an audiobook.
It's read by Michael Sheen, from the Twilight movies! That means he got to read it before anyone else, doesn't it? Not fair!
Part 2 is already finished
It'll be called The Secret Commonwealth, set a decade after the end of The Amber Spyglass, but no release date has been announced yet. Philip Pullman is still working on part 3. Can't wait!