The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2)
It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2) Details

TitleThe Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2019
PublisherRHCP Digital
ISBN-139781448194513
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, #2) Review

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    January 1, 1970
    His Dark Materials shattered my heart as a kid...I've been dreaming of a book about adult Lyra ever since!!
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    Why the hell are people rating this book one star when it's not even out yet and there's no way they could possibly have read it?? It makes me so mad ¬¬
  • ☙ percy ❧
    January 1, 1970
    "lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old" "lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old" "lyra silvertongue as a twenty year old" "LYRA SILVERTONGUE AS A TWENTY YEAR OLD"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! am actually losin me shit, one of the reasons why la belle sauvage wasn't as good as hdm was because lyra wasn't in it (well i mean she was, but she was 8 months old) but this.... BUT THIS
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    3/5/19 - Ayo, after 35 years of waiting, it has a tentative release date!La Belle Sauvage was my biggest disappointment of 2017, and yet I keep obsessively checking for the release date for this book. I really hope it comes out this year. I wants it, Precious. And I wants it to be good.
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  • Shima
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited about La Bella Sauvage AND its sequel, which I imagined would follow Malcum's adventures.But a book with (relatively) grown-up Lyra, set AFTER the original trilogy? It's not the stuff dreams are made of, but the stuff I never even dared dream of.
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  • Alyson Kent
    January 1, 1970
    EEEEK! THE SHORT DESCRIPTION!!!
  • Eleanor Slater
    January 1, 1970
    I count myself very lucky to have been able to read an advance copy of this book - thank you Penguin Random House for making that happen!Think back to when you were little and a new book in a series you loved (most people insert Harry Potter here) was due out, think of the excitement, the anticipation, the thrill of holding that volume in your hands. That is how I felt holding this book. And that feeling was rewarded tenfold. Pullman had worried me a little with La Belle Sauvage... He didn't see I count myself very lucky to have been able to read an advance copy of this book - thank you Penguin Random House for making that happen!Think back to when you were little and a new book in a series you loved (most people insert Harry Potter here) was due out, think of the excitement, the anticipation, the thrill of holding that volume in your hands. That is how I felt holding this book. And that feeling was rewarded tenfold. Pullman had worried me a little with La Belle Sauvage... He didn't seem to have as firm a grasp on his own world as I would have liked, something seemed off and the language and feel of Oxford didn't tally up with the original Northern Lights. Yet here in The Secret Commonwealth is the version of Oxford I fell in love with as an eight year old. Here is the Lyra I know so well, here is the steadfast and utterly loyal Pan I longed to have for my own. Time unspooled and I was reading with the joy of a child once more - I can't tell you how grateful I am for that experience!I won't fill this review with any spoilers, I will just say that what follows in this deliciously chunky book is an adventure of brilliant scope, filled with chance encounters, bizarre happenings, and a touch of fate. Masterfully crafted by Philip Pullman to tie up ends you didn't even know were loose and simultaneously unwind things you believed to be fact, to ultimately reveal an ever shifting and fascinating world.Basically if you've ever read His Dark Materials (even if you skipped La Belle Sauvage... Which I don't recommend doing!) then you've GOT to read this.
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  • Madisson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    05/11/2017: it already has a title??
  • Benji
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I've ever been more excited for a book in my entire life. 19 years since that Oxford Botanical Gardens scene. Good grief.
  • Jo Davies-Mourby
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of The Secret Commonwealth from Penguin Random House - as a massive fan of Philip Pullman this was one of the greatest moments of my bookselling career so far.When you love a series of books so much it can be a little daunting to read a new prequel or sequel in case it doesn’t live up to your expectations and ends up tainting the rest of the series for you. So although I couldn’t wait to read it, I was also a little apprehensive. I needn’t have worried. We rejoin Lyra I received an advance copy of The Secret Commonwealth from Penguin Random House - as a massive fan of Philip Pullman this was one of the greatest moments of my bookselling career so far.When you love a series of books so much it can be a little daunting to read a new prequel or sequel in case it doesn’t live up to your expectations and ends up tainting the rest of the series for you. So although I couldn’t wait to read it, I was also a little apprehensive. I needn’t have worried. We rejoin Lyra 10 years after the original books ended and meet many new characters as well as reconnecting with ones we’ve met before. It was such a pleasure to dive back into Lyra’s Oxford, and experience Philip Pullman’s incredible storytelling once again. Every few pages I had I “oh my goodness!” moment where a twist was revealed or a connection made, I just wished I knew someone else who was reading it so I could talk about it! This book was so exciting is was hard to put it down, but I’m so sad now that I’ve finished it and have to wait years for the next one - I need to know what happens next!!
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  • Michelle (Crazy Cat Lady)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the book I've wanted since I finished the original HDM trilogy, and it's going to be longer than a year's wait since La Belle Sauvage. Not fair!!!!
  • Olga
    January 1, 1970
    UPD Wow! It's here!Published October 3rdHm... Right on my birthday. Fate?))))Mr Pullman, please! do not become J. Martin !!! Give us a date of release! I want to see adult Lyra too much...
  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    WE HAVE A BLURB!!!!!!!
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Impeccable prose. Incredible story.... Prepare yourself for an adventure like no other. Expect the unexpected to happen...
  • Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰
    January 1, 1970
    Blurb: Seven years after the events of The Amber Spyglass...Me:
  • Lauren Jones
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great read, yet I feel that Malcolm's and Lyra's "love" was being forced and it annoyed me.I knew it'd end on a cliffhanger, so I'll have to impatiently wait for the third volume. A lot of plot to find the answers to!
  • Noah
    January 1, 1970
    Guys, guys, guys!!!It's gonna be 704 pages long!!!Oh, I am so excited.
  • JohnMountfort
    January 1, 1970
    I recently attended the course entitled "This is the Plot of My Book." First of all, I thought the title was deceptive. The lectures were actually delivered by an interdisciplinary team of experts on the author's work, each person offering an identical perspective on the plot while in fact hewing so closely to the facts of the novel that the lecture actually served as a lengthy, drawn out synopsis. Often they would interleave their comments in a strange way. Usually it was like this: the lecture I recently attended the course entitled "This is the Plot of My Book." First of all, I thought the title was deceptive. The lectures were actually delivered by an interdisciplinary team of experts on the author's work, each person offering an identical perspective on the plot while in fact hewing so closely to the facts of the novel that the lecture actually served as a lengthy, drawn out synopsis. Often they would interleave their comments in a strange way. Usually it was like this: the lecturer from the previous week might inexplicably leave out some obvious observation, so obvious in fact that students would begin shouting out the omission in an effort to pick up the pace. But the lecturer would blithely continue on their track until its end. But then the lecturer of the following week would abruptly launch into the same topic, offering up the previously omitted observation, and then just as abruptly quit to return to what they had been saying before. This created an oddly off-putting semblance of conversation between the lecturers.Oh nuts! I thought I was on Grade Your Professor.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    To say too much would ruin the experience of diving back into Lyra’s universe and rediscovering a world rife with secrets and accidental adventures. It’s elegant, it’s dark (so, so dark), it’s unsettling and it will give you a savage book hangover alongside a desperate need to know what happens next. Fans are going to devour this, newcomers...you absolutely must read His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust Part One or it just won’t make any sense at all.
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  • Jennifer Oliveira
    January 1, 1970
    28/02/19: I really liked La Belle Sauvage, so I'm excited for this. It's sounding really Lyra centric though and I really didn't want that, we already have His Dark Materials about Lyra. I was expecting it to be more about Malcolm, and hoping for it too because I really liked the character. We'll see I guess!
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  • Dancingsocks
    January 1, 1970
    I really wish I'd reread la belle sauvage before starting this book but it came back to me as I read. Exciting, confusing and frustratingly not the end of the story. I love the journeys that take place in his dark materials and the book of dust - across countries and continents and between worlds.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Great prequel to the Golden Compass (His Dark Materials) series, I liked it as much if not better than the original - can't wait for the sequels.
  • Rajper Faisal
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome 👍
  • Drew Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Shit!!
  • Bettie
    January 1, 1970
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