Friday, March 26, 2010

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I loved the movie, this is the first time that I have seen the movie before reading the book. Usually when that happens I don't even bother with the book, because really I already know the story. But since it appears they will not be making books 2 & 3 from this series into a movie I wanted to continue with the series.

However this time it was the audio book for The Golden Compass and since the library has the rest in audio I will continue that way.

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.

I thought Lyra's character was fully developed. She is a brave and gutsy firl, which was enhanced by her upbringing. Her good friend Roger is taken by the Gobblers, along with other children, witches and armored bears, it is a suspenseful and mysterious story with an ending I didn't see coming.

I recommend this book and can't wait to read (listen) to The Subtle Knife.

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