The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
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The Golden Compass

by Philip Pullman
Release date: 1995
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: carnegie medal

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.

updated 2017-01-18

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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 written a few spin-off stories. Thirdly, the world is still waiting for "The Book of Dust", which he is now writing for about 8 years. Fourthly, "Northern Lights" is now a film titled "The Golden Compass" - and unfortunately, the other two books won't ... (more)
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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 things. I consider these books essential part of all that which made me who I am - and therefore I cannot really review these, only thank mr. Pullman.
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