Review: The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass
Paperback, 399 pages
Received from publisher


Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. 

My Thoughts

The Golden Compass has sold millions of copies worldwide. All three books in His Dark Materials trilogy--The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass--are bestsellers. The books have gone on to be adapted to film and stage. And earlier this year, Pullman announced a new book series set in the beloved world of Lyra. The Book of Dust will be released October 19, 2017. I, for one, will be waiting with bated breath.

I can't recall what year I previously had read The Golden Compass. I'm thinking it was around 2001. I remember being absolutely enchanted by the world Pullman created. So like our own, but yet so different. The whole aspect of  your soul residing outside your body and in an animal is so interesting. It was an absolute thrill to re-read this novel. It reminded me how much I enjoyed this series.

The story centers around Lyra Belacqua, a young orphan who has the run of Jordan College. After a visit from her uncle, Lyra is set out in a world of mystery and danger. She doesn't know who to trust--except for her daemon familiar Pantalaimon. This world is full of witches, a mysterious substance called Dust, and armored bears. It's fantasy at its best! 

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Parental Advisory: As a parent I feel this book might be unsuitable for younger children (11-12). I believe it's more suitable for teens. There is a bit of violence with graphic scenes and/or descriptions that may frighten youngsters. Also, this book contains heavy religious themes that might need to be explained. If you're unsure, consider reading along with your child or read the book first.

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