Published by Scholastic UK in 1995, set in a parallel universe, Northern Lights is about a young girl called Lyra Belacqua, who goes in search of a missing friend and is the first instalment in Philip Pullman’s acclaimed Dark Materials trilogy. In a world that is as much like our own, as it is entirely different in many ways, where a persons’s soul manifests itself as a an animal companion, or in Lyra’s world a ‘daemon’.
Originally the trilogy was written as children's books but, over time adult readers alike have loved the series and the enthralling world that Philip Pullman has created. Philip Pullman manages to surprise the reader on several occasions, the story twists and turns into unexpected directions, some of which I actually stopped reading to ponder what had just happened. I found myself consistently awed with the authors storytelling and world weaving. What started as a simple quest to save a friend, becomes a lot more than that and in connection with the wonder of the northern lights, Lyra’s world will never be the same.
Northern Lights retains all the great elements of a classic fantasy story: magic, creatures and a chosen one requested to go on a journey of unimaginable discovery. Whilst Northern Lights explains and goes into detail of such complicated matters of religion and scientific theory, children will be able to briefly understand the lighter meaning and adults the deeper more complicated issues. Philip Pullman is simply a genius, the exciting characters and adventures within the novel will appeal to children and adults, whilst the deeper scale of conflicting powers of science and religion and a sense of the ‘greater good’ will lead adults to ponder. No doubt adult and child alike will adore the characters, in my opinion Iorek the armoured bear and Serafina the witch are the most enchanting.
This novel is a work of pure wonder, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Northern Lights is a book that defines the ‘genre’ with other top fantasy series’. Northern Lights, as part of the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, rightfully sits with the top books series’ written like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. It is one of my top ten reads of all time. For anyone wanting to get into reading a classic fantasy series, I will always recommend Northern Lights.
•Here is a photo I have taken, that reminds me of a photo that might have been taken of 'dust' in the Northern Lights.
•please note I will never include plotlines or a recount of the story in my reviews, in doing so it means I don’t give anything away and it also gives intrigue as to what the books are actually about.
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