“Without this child, we shall all die.” Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world… The first volume in Philip Pullman’s incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, re-issued with a striking newly-designed cover by Chris Wormell to celebrate the publication of THE BOOK OF DUST.
So, I had to read this one for a Young Adult Fiction course this semester at school. I remember loving the movie as a kid, so yes, I was excited to finally pick up the book. However, I ended up not enjoying it as much as I thought I would!
I think my main problem was that I was just not that engaged in the story. I found it to be rather long and boring. I just wanted it to be over, and that might just have to do with the fact that I waited to read it until the night before it had to be read for my class.
I did, however, like the characters. I found Lyra to be pretty awesome and I loved how rebellious she was. It was nice too to see such a young character grow and learn to stand up for herself as the book went on.
I will say I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with this series. I’ll probably sell my copy of the book. But, I think that if you’re into fantasy or if you like children’s literature, then this might be a great book for you!