La Belle Sauvage (2017) by Philip Pullman

This is not a bad novel. There are well-realised characters, the themes are imbued into the setting, there’s a lovely sense of a lived-in world, there’s a crackling sense of magic, there’s a considered structure, there’s that wonderful tense interplay between childhood and adulthood that Pullman excels at exploring. But there’s a real question of…why…