I did not realize that there is a prequel to His dark materials but after I found out I needed to read La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman📚at once.

The author set this book at a time when Lyra is still a small baby and describes the events shortly after her birth when Malcolm and Alice need to protect here and travel with her to a safe place or perhaps more aptly said find a safe haven for her.

The book has a slow tempo and takes a lot of time, in the beginning, to introduce you to the main character. But this is so expertly done that you don’t feel bored and want more. I felt that perhaps there could have been a bit more background for Alice and her motivation. But despite advertising this book as “Joung Adult” I much enjoyed it, and now need to wait till Oktober for the second issue of the trilogy.