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BOOK REVIEW: “The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2)”

Plot : 4/5
Characters : 5/5
Writing : 4/5

Genre : Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Date of Release: October, 2019

Publishing House: Penguin House

“You’re in a world full of color and you want to see it in black and white.”

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child. 

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

After reading the first book in the Book Of Dust series just last month, I was really excited to read the second volume! Further, considering the fact that Lyra is shown as a twenty year old and Malcom as a man in his early thirties was one of the reasons why I was really looking forward to dive right into the book!

The Secret Commonwealth as the second volume in the Book Of Dust series, focuses much more on Lyra than Malcom. We get to see how Lyra tries to solve the unsolved mysteries on her own and how as a young woman she creates her own path.

The plot of the book is without a doubt very gripping and interesting, especially for those who have read Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy. And I advise you to pick up this book only if you have read His Dark Materials, as the story does have a few important references from the earlier trilogy.

The characters were brilliant. The new as well as the old ones played their part extremely well and did keep the plot interesting and gripping. The character developments too, were crafted in the best way possible.

The writing style of Philip Pullman is legendary. The way he weaves all the incidents and stories together and then eventually ends up creating a masterpiece is commendable!

“You won’t understand anything about the imagination until you realize that it’s not about making things up, it’s about perception.”

Honestly, I loved this book so much that I really want to tell you all about the breathtaking plot twists, fierce new characters and many new heartwarming beginnings that this phenomenal book deals with! But, instead of revealing all of it I want you to read and find out instead.

I would like to thank Penguin India for sending an ARC in exchange of an honest review!

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