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Toffeeapple

I have not started my copy yet, I want to save it for Christmas week when I shall be alone more than usual. But I have started on Nigel and am enjoying it greatly.

Thank you for your review, it has added a little to my expectations.

Cornflower

I hope La Belle Sauvage will be a Christmas treat for you, Toffeeapple. I found it quite gripping, and am keen to see how Philip Pullman resolves things in the next book or two.
Meanwhile, I am well on with Nigel, and like you, enjoying him greatly.

Toffeeapple

I am confident that it will be, Mr Pullman has never let me down yet.

Fran H-B

I missed His Dark Materials trilogy when first published as I was ending my days as a nanny so lost touch with YA fiction. Seeing all the hype about The Book of Dust led me to download the trilogy via Kindle. It proved timely as in recent weeks I have spent much of my time waiting in hospitals for my husband who has recently undergone surgery and plenty of follow up appointments. Usually not a great one for fantasy it has been perfect reading at this time. Planning a short break then on with book 2. La Belle Sauvage is definitely now on the hoped for C******* list of books.

Katie

Do I need to have read His Dark Materials trilogy to ‘get’ this book?

Cornflower

Best wishes to your husband for a full and speedy recovery, Fran.

Cornflower

That is a good question, Katie!
On the whole, I'd say no prior knowledge is necessary. Anyone who has read the trilogy will quickly get their bearings in La Belle Sauvage, but equally, new readers should find their way through Lyra's world and its peculiarities with ease. Philip Pullman is too good a storyteller to allow the reader to flounder from lack of familiarity with his concepts, though knowing the earlier books will certainly enrich the reading of this one.

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