"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington Post In The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman introduces Malcolm, a new hero in the world of Lyra's Oxford, and a new story in the life of Lyra herself. When Malcolm discovers a secret message intended for a spy, he learns of a mysterious substance called Dust and finds himself embroiled in a dangerous struggle between powerful forces. Somehow a baby named Lyra, who has been hidden away at the Priory across the river from Malcolm's home, is also involved, and Malcolm declares himself her protector. But keeping Lyra safe will require not just bravery, but a shocking sacrifice--one that will change Malcolm forever. This first book in a brand-new trilogy takes place before the events of The Golden Compass, and installments two and three will pick up after the events of The Amber Spyglass.