The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) - Philip Pullman8.06

Published in the UK as Northern Lights.

Lyra and her daemon are eavesdropping when they uncover a plot to murder Lord Asriel. He has returned from the far North where he tells of strange sights – a beautiful city hovering in the sky above the pole, a shimmering Dust that settles on and delineates all but human children. Lyra is scarcely able to save his life before Lord Asriel is off again, on a quest to answer the riddle of the world.

Meanwhile, children are disappearing, and when Lyra's dearest friend is taken by the Gobblers, she determines to save him – a decision which leads her on a great journey, a journey that will lead to the discovery of her mother, a disastrous betrayal and the beginning of the unravelling of the mystery of Dust.

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Release date: 1995
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: carnegie medal
Average rating: 8.06/10
Total ratings: 511
Updated: August 19, 2021

His Dark Materials :: Series

Belongs to the series His Dark Materials Universe
Related series His Dark Materials (related works)

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)8.06
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2)7.72
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3)8.00


10/10 |
May 07, 2014
I don't know what to say since Tim summarized it pretty nicely. I read the series in Finnish when I was around 13-14 years old and this is one of the two series which I can honestly say truly affected or changed the way I started to think or see ...
8/10 |
June 13, 2013
Since the publication of "Northern Lights" or "The Golden Compass" in the USA in 1995, 18 years have passed since I write this. In those years, many things have changed. First of all, the original series is now completed. Secondly, Pullman has ...