The Golden Compass

His Dark Materials (Book 1)

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The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller hailed as one of the best books of all time, is now the basis for an HBO original series, starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

An Entertainment Weekly "All-Time Greatest Novel"

A Newsweek "Top 100 Book of All Time"

Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

A war is brewing in Lyra's world-a battle between those who would keep people in ignorance and those who are willing to fight for true freedom. Lyra is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her uncle Asriel comes to Oxford, fomenting rebellion, and when her best friend, Roger, suddenly disappears.

Lyra learns that Roger was kidnapped by a shadowy organization that steals children and, it is rumored, experiments on them. To find him, she will travel to the cold, far North, where armored bears and witch clans rule . . . and where her uncle Asriel is attempting to build a bridge to a parallel world.

What Lyra doesn't know, mustn't know, is that her actions will have consequences not just in her world, but in all the worlds beyond.

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

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Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen. The three great tables that ran the length of the hall were laid already, the silver ...

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PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed and best-selling writers at work today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all…

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L. F. Gobin
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fantasy, time travel, science fiction...More

I really enjoyed the originality and the imaginative story telling in this dark story. There is something for everyone due to the fact that it comes under many different genres such as science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal. I particularly liked how daemons reflect a person's nature.

8/2/2023 1:49:47 PM
J M Briscoe
young adult, adventure books, mother daughter relationship...More

I first fell in love with the His Dark Materials series when I read it as a child. Back then I enjoyed the rich tapestry of adventure, the spunky main character Lyra and the fantastical journey she goes on. I also really really wanted a daemon! As an older teen I re-read the series and picked up on all the things I missed the first time round, ie, the impact of rebellion against religious authority, multiverse world-building and in depth exploration of human nature. (I even ended up writing my undergrad English Literature BA dissertation on the trilogy's presentation of innocence and experience!) However, I think the thing I love the most about the series is the mother/daughter love/hate power struggle between Lyra and Mrs Coulter. I love everything about it and have long nursed an ambition to (at least attempt to) recreate its brilliance in my own works.

1/10/2023 4:50:36 PM

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