Move over, Harry Potter…my newest literary find is the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Chad lent me his copy of the first book in the series, The Golden Compass, and I devoured it within a few days. I quickly went to Book People and bought all three books (aren’t they pretty? I love how the spines form a picture), and lost myself in those just as quickly.
I really can’t say much about the series without giving a lot away, but it is such an amazing concept. The story follows Lyra, a young girl full of strength, curiosity, and bravery, through multiple worlds and adventures. Pullman’s descriptions are so vivid, I found myself feeling as if I myself was in Lyra’s world. I laughed, I cried, I felt nauseous with anxiety and fear, and I can’t wait to read them again. They’re that good.
I do have to say, as a bit of a warning, that if you felt that Harry Potter was not appropriate for you or your children, you may not want to read these. They’re dark, thought-provoking, and thick with social commentary. But man, are they good.