• The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Hardback Published on: 03/10/2019
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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Just what I've been waiting for
I was lucky to get a proof copy of this and raced through it in a matter of days. This is exactly the installment I've been waiting for, beautifully writte... READ MORE
Catriona
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The eagerly awaited return of Lyra...
As a sequel to The Amber Spyglass as well as The Book of Dust Vol. 1, this is a fantastic read. Malcom is back, Alice is back, and so, of course, is Lyra... READ MORE
Emma at Waterstones Aberystwyth
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Dazzling and thought provoking, well worth the wait.
I was one of the lucky ones who got to read a proof copy before publication and it was so worth the wait. ⁣ A dazzling adventure story that interweaves cu... READ MORE
Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
An increasingly adult Lyra returns
This book reunites us with Lyra – yes, she was in La Belle Sauvage but babies are not the greatest for dialogue or motivation – seven years after the end o... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
A Serious Deepening of Dæmonic and Dust-based Lore
Lyra and Pantalaimon are long past childhood, but still have long ways to go before they mature. And the sinister forces from her earlier adventures, that ... READ MORE
Michael at Glasgow Fort
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Pullman is back on form!
I count myself very lucky to have been able to read an advance copy of this book - thank you Penguin Random House for making that happen! Think back to wh... READ MORE
Ellie Slater

Synopsis

‘It used to be you who was impulsive,’ said Pan, ‘and me who kept holding you back. We’re different now.’ A boy and a boat, a girl and her dæmon, their stories inextricably bound. 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 dæmon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions 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 dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust. The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.  Not suitable for younger readers. 

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241373330
  • Number of pages: 704
  • Weight: 985g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 57 mm

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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
A compelling masterpeice, beautiful and thought provoking.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a proof copy of this book...Oh my... where to start? The Secret Commonwealth is a welcome return to old familiar face... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
An enthralling instalment in Lyra’s adventures
I received an advance copy of The Secret Commonwealth from Penguin Random House - as a massive fan of Philip Pullman this was one of the greatest moments o... READ MORE
Joanna at Waterstones Telford
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Everything I had hoped for!
I was very grateful and incredibly lucky to receive an advanced reading copy from Penguin, on which I have based this review. Philip Pullman is the reason... READ MORE
Joe at Doncaster
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
A welcome return to Philip Pullman's alternate multiverse
The second book in 'The Book Of Dust' trilogy, and the fifth book (or seventh if you include the short stories 'Once Upon A Time In The North' and 'Lyra's ... READ MORE
Andy
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Antidote for one eyed populism
Pullman is marvellous and thought provoking, a good guide for the multifaceted and complex real life
Tone Korth
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
A grown-up Lyra
This book is written to the usual standard that you expect from Philip Pullman although the Belle Sauvage and the Secret Commonwealth are more grown-up boo... READ MORE
Suzanne Hitchin
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
It got me back into reading
Pullman has not let us down with his newest addition the the Book of Dust series! Lyra's worries and battles with her own emotions and actions makes her f... READ MORE
Kat
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Master Storyteller
What a wonderful storyteller Philip Pullman is. I am as gripped by this book as ever I was reading about Lyra Silvertongue. Lyra is faced with existential ... READ MORE
Diana
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The Secret Commonwealth
Did not disappoint! Can't wait until the next one comes out. The suspense ....... !!
pauline horrocks
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Amazing as always.
I'm never left disappointed after reading a book by Philip Pullman, and this one is certainly well worth the read. I could barely put it down and finished ... READ MORE
Emily Blackford
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The Secret Commonwealth
Have just started the second part of Lyra's story, but if it is as good as the first one, I will not be able to put it down. I completely lost myself in th... READ MORE
karen-lesley dunmore
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Master Storyteller
I absolutely loved this book and am completely captivated by the trilogy, impatiently awaiting the third volume. The story of Pan’s dangerous journey in hi... READ MORE
Diana
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
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shalini
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Entrancing
I tried to pace my reading of the book, but realised I'd almost finished it much more quickly than I wanted to. The different strands of the story, telling... READ MORE
Claire
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The story gets better
Having read the Dark Materials some years ago I didn’t think it could continue on. However the first two books of Dust have been excellent and the story co... READ MORE
Nigel Wright
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Bit episodic & cringy
I enjoyed 'His Dark Materials' reading it several times and I was thrilled with Belle Sauvage. But The Secret Commonwealth left me rather flat. I hate that... READ MORE
Bibbit Blair
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Underwhelmed - [Spoilers]
I've been so disappointed with this new series from Phillip Pullman. In this installment we read along as a man in his late twenties and in a position of p... READ MORE
Megan Rogers
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Powerful and imaginative
This is the exciting second part of Pullman's increasingly mature and imaginative trilogy, The Book of Dust. It continues the darker tone of La Belle Sauva... READ MORE
Michael
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Dreadful!
Have loved Philip Pullman’s previous novels about Lyra. This was just awful. Too long, too many characters and a messy plot. Lyra is a shadow of her former... READ MORE
Cecilia Mitchell
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Completely Enjoyable
Whilst relatively new to Pullman's writing, never have I taken to an author so quickly. His universe immediately drew me. I loved every minute of readin... READ MORE
Victoria Waterhouse
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The importance of imagination
It is a testimony to the authenticity of the alternative world that Pullman has created that within several paragraphs the reader is transported to a time ... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The Book of Dust vol.2
A wonderful story! Just a shame about the "F" word.
Ashley
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Exceeded my expectations
Excellent read, can't wait for the final instalment.
Julia Middleton
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Excellent
Just what you would expect; gripping, exciting and excellent. I can’t wait for the next book
Steve Yianni
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
Amazing
Absolutely amazing..... I'm thrilled to return to the world the Philip Pullman has created. To see the journey continue on has been an absolute pleasure. ... READ MORE
Jagdeep Verma