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Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials)
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9 years, 8 months ago at Jun 16 10:40
Northern Lights (US title: the golden Compass) is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy (before The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass).

Set at the turn of the twentieth century in an alternate Europe where everyone is inseparable from their animal daemons, shape-changers that only settle at puberty, this is the story of Lyra Belacqua (and her daemon Pantalaimon), a tee... read more
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Description: Amazon Review Lyra's life is already sufficiently interesting for a novel before she eavesdrops on a presentation by her uncle Lord Asriel to his colleagues in the Jordan College faculty, Oxford. The college, famed for its leadership in experimental theology, is funding Lord Asriel's research into the heretical possibility of the existence of worlds unlike Lyra's own, where everyone is born with a familiar animal companion, magic of a kind works, the Tartars are threatening to overrun Muscovy, and the Pope is a puritanical Protestant. Set in an England familiar and strange, Philip Pullman's lively, taut story is a must-read ... (more)
Manufacturer: Scholastic Point
Release date: 23 October 1998
ISBN-10 : 0590660543 | ISBN-13: 9780590660549
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ccc25 added this to a list 3 years, 3 months ago
The Observer's 100 greatest novels of all time (100 books items)

"Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."


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The Observer's The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time (100 books items)

"Lyra's quest weaves fantasy, horror and the play of ideas into a truly great contemporary children's book."


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"A young adult fantasy this is book one in His Dark Materials trilogy following the character Lyra while she embarks on an adventure. A fantasy with witches, talking polar bears, personal demons and Dust. This was made into the movie The Golden Compass"


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Crooty posted a review 9 years, 8 months ago

Quite pleasant.

“Northern Lights (US title: the golden Compass) is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy (before The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass).

Set at the turn of the twentieth century in an alternate Europe where everyone is inseparable from their animal daemons, shape-changers that only settle at puberty, this is the story of Lyra Belacqua (and her daemon Pantalaimon), a teenage orphan girl living in Oxford College in charge of her powerful uncle, Lord Asriel.

Being a curious little girl, Lyra hears lots of gossip in the old halls. Some, about Dust, as well as pictures of a mysterious floating city in the aurora, make her dream of travelling North on one of her uncle's expeditions. But soon she also hears rumours of children, mainly from Gyptian families, who ha” read more


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