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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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Mar 01, 12

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

Philip Pullman’s series, His Dark Materials – comprised of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass – is already hailed as a young adult classic, a mere fourteen years after the first book was published, and with good reason. For those who love fantasy and sci-fi, this trilogy is a must, whether you are young or adult or a mix of both. Pullman creates not just one fantastical world, but many, and weaves in realistic pointed commentary on the Church and the history of Christianity.

His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a spirited orphan who lives at Oxford College, under the care of her uncle, Lord Asriel. Lyra is not alone in the world, however. She is friends with all of the neighborhood ragamuffins, serving boys, and gypsy kids. Most of all, she has her daemon, Pantalaimon, who is the closest any friend can be — he is a part of her. In Lyra’s world, everyone has a daemon, or external soul, who guides and loves her for the rest of her life. This is only one of the ways Pullman turns the traditional Christian narrative on its head: Daemons are not synonymous with Evil, just as later in the story, angels are not synonymous with Good...

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