A Reader posted a review at 2007-11-14 03:25:32.
Not being much of a fantasy fan - and having spent years deriding and avoiding the Harry Potter books, their adult editions and those who read them - I found myself reading this first third of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy in, ahem, an *adult edition*. My excuses? Well, i wanted to read it before the film came out and it was the only version I could find in Waterstone's. Despite all that, the book was excellent: a finely drawn alternative universe, filled with daemons, talking bears, witches and magical compasses would usually have me running for cover but Northern Lights succeeds because the concepts are enormous (and enormous *fun*) and I really cared what happened to the characters, especially 12-year-old heroine Lyra, who is far from the stereotypical cuetsy kid protagonist as you could possibly get. I've been warned that the later volumes put the (anti-)preaching before the storytelling but at this exact moment I don't care. I just want to find out what happens next...