The Northern Lights, Philip Pullman

Lyria and her daemon Pantalaimon (Pan) must rescue their friends from the evil Gobblers, kidnappers that take the children north to do terrible experiments. Lyria must use the alethiometer, a truth-telling device, to learn the truth, be able the mysterious Dust and help a world on the brink of war.

Daemons are a person’s soul that walks beside them and take an animal form that most resembles their true nature. During childhood, the daemon doesn’t settle into one form but can change at will. This is thought to be because Dust doesn’t settle on people until they hit puberty. The mystery of this seems to be something the series will explore as it continues.

Lyria’s journey to the north is filled with obstacles and trials which help Lyria develop and grow. There is a destiny that surrounds Lyria though she must never know, that she must fulfil on her own. This is gradually revealed more, tough not entirely.

Filled with flying witches, daemon souls, talking armoured bears and river riding Gyptians, this book is truly exciting. This book has plenty to keep the readers interested. Though it has a complex under meaning that may be a little difficult for young readers to comprehend, it is still a great book. I enjoy the first book quite a bit

I give this book 4/5


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