La Belle Sauvage is a 2017 children’s fantasy novel written by Philip Pullman, and the first in The Book of Dust trilogy, a companion series to Pullman’s prior series, His Dark Materials. La Belle Sauvage is set before the events of His Dark Materials, and tells the story of Malcolm Polstead, a young boy working at his parents’ inn, who becomes a spy for a mysterious secret society that opposes the Magisterium and which has just arranged for the six-month-old Lyra to be brought to the priory across the river from the Polsteads’ inn.
I always find myself apprehensive when reading new books to series that I love. Since His Dark Materials is one of my all-time favourite series (you can read my review of it here), the apprehension that I felt picking up this book was quite considerable. At the same time, I knew I would never even imagine leaving it un-read–Pullman’s novels have yet to let me down, and despite my apprehensions that I might be wrong, I was very much hopeful that I would love La Belle Sauvage. And love it I did.