- Page Count: 326
- Release Date: July 22, 1997
- My Rating: 3 stars
Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will—a boy on the run, a murderer—a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels.
Each is searching—Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father—but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, and their destinies are bound together… until they are split apart.
I love the world(s), but this is where the series starts getting too weird for me. I’m just not huge on the anti-religion theme… like at times it takes away from the actual story with its intensity. I absolutely love when books can mess around with theoretical physics or philosophy, so there were still some aspects I had fun with. But the religion stuff stuck out really awkwardly for me and was hard to get past.
I’m still a big fan of the witches, Lyra, Will, and the worldbuilding in general, though! The way the knife can cut between worlds is SO COOL – I love how so many of the ideas are explained. However, this book does kind of suffer from second book syndrome at times… there’s just a lot of running going on. It feels like a bridge between two books instead of a story in its own right.
I remember I tried to read this when I was 8 and just returned it to the library halfway through because it was boring and not fun. Aaaaand that is exactly what I wanted to do this time as well.
So I guess The Golden Compass is a favorite, but the sequels do way too many bizarre things with religion in such a cynical manner that it’s hard for me to have the same level of enthusiasm. But I still think the series is really well done even if it’s not my favorite!