Hi GirlMoguls, it’s Rose here with a Friday book review – maybe you can pick it up at the library or the store and get started. I just love all of these books, but this one is about the first in the series.
The Golden Compass is the first book in the popular trilogy by author Philip Pullman. The series is called the “His Dark Materials” series, and includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The story is about a young orphan girl named Lyra Belacqua and her journey through a world that is comparable to ours, except for one main idea: people’s souls live outside their bodies, and take the forms of animals that best represent them. These animals are called daemons. Lyra’s daemon can change form because she is a child; it will settle in form once she becomes an adult. Lyra grows up in Oxford at a place called Jordan College, which is all too similar to Oxford University. There, she establishes a life being taught by scholars and playing with the city kids. Her world changes after she prevents the assassination of her uncle and overhears very secretive talk about Dust- some kind of elementary particle. Lyra is then on her way through a perilous adventure involving smuggled children, a very elegant woman, some armor clad bears, brilliant and accurate witches, and the secret of her past as a child.
If you liked Harry Potter, you will love Lyra. Pullman develops an adventure through an alter world that is full of suspense, betrayal, and even characters such as witches and bear kings. However, Pullman ensures that the novel is much more than just a fairy tale. The story makes us think about how we live our lives, and what we believe in. Pullman’s descriptive writing style allows us to get sucked into her world, and not want to put the book down. Book 2 and Book 3 take Lyra tales to new worlds and new heights- the beginning of the trilogy is a MUST read.