Make room on your shelf and in your heart for The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two, the follow-up to La Belle Sauvage and continuation of the His Dark Materials saga. A return to the world we first glimpsed back in 1995 with Northern Lights, to the life of one of modern literature’s most cherished creations, Lyra ‘Silvertongue’ Belacqua, and to the ongoing masterwork of one of our greatest, most beloved storytellers.
Set seven years after La Belle Sauvage and twenty years after the epic conclusion of The Amber Spyglass, this the breathtaking adventure we’ve been waiting for. A now grown-up Lyra, studying at Oxford, teams up with ever loyal Malcolm Polstead on a quest across Europe, and to the far ends of Asia, in search of a mysterious city haunted by daemons, a secret in the desert and, always, for the secret of Dust.
It’s also an extraordinary story of growing up and figuring out who you are in a complex world, as Lyra sees her relationship with her daemon Pantalaimon put to the test, and her painful past come back to haunt her. Weaving a whirlwind of magic with edge-of-your-reading-chair action and profound insights on the human condition, The Secret Commonwealth is quintessentially His Dark Materials—utterly transporting, unforgettably poignant, and boldly existential in scope.