La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The farther away Philip Pullman gets from The Golden Compass, the less potent the stories become. He’s a great writer, and this book in particular is exquisitely written. But, and I’m loath to write this - parts of this book are sort of dull. I don’t recall ever thinking that about The Golden Compass, but I remember The Subtle Knife being a little bit less interesting than The Golden Compass, and The Amber Spyglass being a little bit less interesting than the other two. La Belle Sauvage is a little bit less interesating times three now, and it shows. I’m curious enough in some of what Pullman introduced in this book to read the next in the series - but I sort of wish other characters and storylines from Lyra’s world had been explored rather than a prequel of The Golden Compass. There is a creepy character that could go head to head with Mrs. Coulter though; if that eventually happens, there will be a literary cage match like no other.
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