- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf (Sept. 9 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440238137
- ISBN-13: 978-0440238133
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.3 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 695 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Mass Market Paperback – Sep 9 2003
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“As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra’s adventures.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Extraordinary storytelling at its very best.”—The Detroit Free Press
“Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling.”—The Washington Post
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Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon 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, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.See all Product description
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I've got multiple editions of each of the books, and this anniversary edition is quite lovely.
These books will take you on a fantastical journey through magical worlds with incredible object and even better characters. The story gets more complex as you move forward and you get more and more invested with the characters and story.
This is one of those series that we should all read. They are not a series just for children/teenager etc... They're for everyone.
Pullman wrote these books well and conveyed a solid story that had me trapped in it until I finished. You will feel empty when you're done, but you will have gained a lot in the process.
If you haven't gotten around to reading the series, you should. Now.
Lyra has been left in the care of the staff and students of Jordan College. While they care for her, they must place their jobs and studies ahead of her. They do their best to guide her, but that is the job of a parent. Her constant companion, Pantelaimon, acts on instinct to protect her, but a daemon can only do so much. He can't keep her safe from adults who have other plans for Lyra.
Once they are torn away from their home at the college, they experience a series of adventures that help uncover a great mystery. Throughout these events, Lyra is forced to grow up and to learn to trust her own judgement. While at the college, she has led a sheltered life where others tell her what to do; after she leaves so much follow her own path. Even I had trouble deciding who was good and who was bad in this story, so it isn't surprising that Lyra was likewise challenged. I did like that once she had made up her mind, she was firm on her convictions and became steadfast friends to several characters. This is a good model for the young readers of The Golden Compass.
As I listened to the story, I refected on how significant the daemon was to each young person. They never truly were alone. Imagine if our children were raised with such a constant companion. I imagine it would have an overwhelmingly positive influence and that our children would generally gorw up to be better balanced adults.
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