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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: As an adult, Malcolm has a crush on Lyra, which he’s not proud of since he’s 31 and she’s 20. Several people around him comment on how bad he is at hiding it, and try to reassure him that it’s not that big of a deal since they’re both adults.

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: As an adult, Malcolm has a crush on Lyra, which he’s not proud of since he’s 31 and she’s 20. Several people around him comment on how bad he is at hiding it, and try to reassure him that it’s not that big of a deal since they’re both adults.


''The Book of Dust'' is a trilogy of {{Fantasy}} novels by Creator/PhilipPullman. It serves as both {{Prequel}} and {{Sequel}} to Pullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' (described by Pullman as an "equel") and features its main {{protagonist}} Lyra Silvertongue. Its first book, ''La Belle Sauvage,'' was released in October 2017 and takes place prior to ''His Dark Materials''. The second, entitled ''The Secret Commonwealth'', takes place after it, and was released in October 2019; a third and final volume, also set after the original trilogy, is to follow at an unspecified time.

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''The Book of Dust'' is a trilogy of {{Fantasy}} novels by Creator/PhilipPullman. It serves as both {{Prequel}} and {{Sequel}} to Pullman's ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' (described by Pullman as an "equel") and features its main {{protagonist}} protagonist Lyra Silvertongue. Its first book, Silvertongue.

The books are:
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''La Belle Sauvage,'' was released in October 2017 and Sauvage'' (October 2017, takes place prior to ''His Dark Materials''. The second, entitled Materials'')
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''The Secret Commonwealth'', takes place after it, and was released in October 2019; a third and final volume, also set after the original trilogy, is to follow at an unspecified time.
Commonwealth'' (October 2019, post-''His Dark Materials'')
## Final Volume. (TBD, post-''His Dark Materials'')

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* FirstNameBasis: Lyra is astounded to learn Mrs Lonsdale is on this basis with Dr Polstead, hearing them refer to each other as Alice and Mal respectively. As she becomes closer friends and allies with both of them, they encourage her to do likewise, which she feels weird about.

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* RealityEnsues: When the authorities are looking for Lyra, they maintain that she may go by the name Silvertongue, but her legal surname is still Belacqua. Guess the word of the king of the bears isn’t legally binding.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Lyra is forced to travel [[spoiler:without Pantalaimon,]] she is met with open hostility, disgust and fear from almost everyone she meets, and is told she shouldn’t be allowed in public as she is, called a freak or a monster, and accused of frightening the children of “normal” people. [[spoiler:Later we meet other people whose dæmons have left, and they too are shunned by society, forced to take menial jobs such as clearing detritus and human waste out of the public eye, and live in squalor.]]


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* HappyEndingOverride: Well, the ending of ''The Amber Spyglass'' wasn’t exactly [[BittersweetEnding happy,]] but some of the more positive outcomes are undone. The Magisterium in Lyra’s world are still a threat, and she and Pantalaimon still have unresolved issues over the Land of the Dead situation, which are exacerbated by other disagreements and culminating with [[spoiler:Pan leaving Lyra to try and discover why she’s such a different person.]]


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* MyBelovedSmother: Marcel Delamare feels this way about his own mother, and feels particular glee about taunting her now that she’s too old and decrepit to really fight back and [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior her only weapon is her mouth.]]


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* RightForTheWrongReasons: [[spoiler: Delamare blames Lyra for the disappearance of Mrs Coulter, who died fighting the Metatron to ''protect'' Lyra, who remains unaware that any of this even happened. So while Lyra was the ''cause'' of Mrs Coulter’s end, it wasn’t her ''fault.'']]


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** Delamare loved his sister and blames Lyra for her disappearance. [[spoiler: Turns out his sister was Lyra’s mother, Mrs Coulter.]]

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* EvilCripple: Bonneville’s dæmon only has three legs, which just adds to the feeling that there is something ''off'' about the pair of them. [[spoiler:During the course of the story, she loses another leg.]]


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* HeinousHyena: Gerard Bonneville is ObviouslyEvil partly due to his dæmon having this form. While Bonneville himself is FauxAffablyEvil and some people think he himself may not be too bad, ''no one'' wants to go near his dæmon.


* BusCrash: Several characters have passed away between ''The Amber Spyglass'' and ''The Secret Commonwealth'', including John Faa and the Master of Jordan College.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: In ''La Belle Sauvage'', Alice Parslow is a major character who just happens to have the same name (and is presumably related to) Roger Parslow and his family from the original trilogy. Then ''The Secret Commonwealth'' reveals she’s actually [[AscendedExtra Mrs Lonsdale]], the stern, forbidding housekeeper at Jordan College who spent Lyra’s early life trying to keep her in line.



* TheChessmaster: Marcel Delamare.



* EveryoneCanSeeIt: As an adult, Malcolm has a crush on Lyra, which he’s not proud of since he’s 31 and she’s 20. Several people around him comment on how bad he is at hiding it, and try to reassure him that it’s not that big of a deal since they’re both adults.



* FireForgedFriends: Malcolm starts quite annoyed by Alice, but the flood and Lyra's care forces them to work together.

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* FireForgedFriends: Malcolm starts quite annoyed by Alice, but the flood and Lyra's care forces them to work together. In the second book, Malcolm’s mother remarks how they left as bitter enemies and returned as the closest of friends.


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* TheManBehindTheMan: Marcel Delamare is pulling the strings of much of the Magisterium to get himself instated as the undisputed head of the entire Church. On a more direct level, he is the employer of Olivier Bonneville.


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* YouKilledMyFather: Olivier Bonneville has a grudge against the protagonists over the fate of his father and the alethiometer he possessed.

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* EvilUncle: Marcel Delamare, the main antagonist of the second book, is [[spoiler:the late Mrs. Coulter's brother, and consequently Lyra's uncle]].


* AttemptedRape: Happens to [[spoiler:Alice, at the hands of Gerard Bonneville.]]

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* AttemptedRape: Happens to [[spoiler:Alice, at the hands of Gerard Bonneville.]]Bonneville]], and to [[spoiler:Lyra, at the hands of a group of Anatolian soldiers]].


* TakeThatMe: In the second book, Lyra is obsessed with [[HisDarkMaterials a book about killing God]]. It's implied her fixation on the book is contributing to a state of temporary soullessness.

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* TakeThatMe: In the second book, Lyra is obsessed with [[HisDarkMaterials [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials a book about killing God]].God]] in which the characters do ''not'' possess daemons; pretty much an inverted version of the series' predecessor. It's implied her fixation on the book is contributing to a state of temporary soullessness.


* TheFairFolk: [[spoiler:Things get more mystical towards to end of the journey, with Fairys, unreal lands, and river demigods holding tridents making an appearance.]]

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* TheFairFolk: [[spoiler:Things get more mystical towards to the end of the journey, with Fairys, unreal lands, and river demigods holding tridents making an appearance.]]


* DarkerAndEdgier: While ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' featured plenty of family-unfriendly fare, it was ''much'' more toned down than it is in this book. Among other things, in ''La Belle Sauvage'' characters have sex onscreen, [[spoiler:Malcolm rescues Alice when the latter is being raped,]] Oakley Street is stated to [[spoiler:be blackmailing someone with an interest in young boys and Lord Nugent apparently considers ''using Malcolm as bait,'']] and the primary antagonist [[spoiler:is a recently released sex offender who may have raped Mrs. Coulter.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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While ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' featured plenty of family-unfriendly fare, it was ''much'' ''far'' more toned down modest than it is in this book. series. Among other things, in ''La Belle Sauvage'' Malcolm witnesses two characters have sex onscreen, [[spoiler:having intercourse]], strong profanity is used on one occasion, [[spoiler:Malcolm rescues Alice when while the latter is being raped,]] Oakley Street is stated to [[spoiler:be blackmailing someone with an interest in young boys and Lord Nugent apparently considers ''using Malcolm as bait,'']] and the primary antagonist [[spoiler:is a recently released sex offender who may have raped Mrs. Coulter.]]
** ''The Secret Commonwealth'' is also much darker. Many characters employ frequent profanity, [[spoiler: a violent assassination is described in graphic detail,]] and Lyra is [[spoiler: left badly injured after an attempted gang rape.
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* GratuitousRape: Many reviews accused ''The Secret Commonwealth'' of this, due to a chapter late in the book in which [[spoiler:Lyra is attacked and nearly gang-raped by a group of drunken soldiers on a train]], which has little impact on the plot and seems thrown in purely for shock value.


* SelfCriticism: In the second book, Lyra is obsessed with [[HisDarkMaterials a book about killing God]]. It's implied her fixation on the book is contributing to a state of temporary soullessness.


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* TakeThatMe: In the second book, Lyra is obsessed with [[HisDarkMaterials a book about killing God]]. It's implied her fixation on the book is contributing to a state of temporary soullessness.

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* SelfCriticism: In the second book, Lyra is obsessed with [[HisDarkMaterials a book about killing God]]. It's implied her fixation on the book is contributing to a state of temporary soullessness.

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