Mini Review: The Golden Compass – His Dark Materials #1 by Philip Pullman |Fantasy, Young Adult, Childrens|

119322Series: Book 1 in His Dark Materials

Published: April 16th 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1995)

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Childrens

Pages: 399

Language read: English

Format read: Library book

Rating: 3 stars 3stjerner

The Golden Compass synopsis: Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved. –Goodreads

My Thoughts

I wanted to read this book because it is kind of a well known fantasy book, that also has been made into a movie. This book has also won different awards, so I had high hopes for it. If you want to read this book, I recommend you to read it in the winter, because a lot of the story is set on the north pole.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. Even though I really loved the world and the fantasy elements, and I found the story to be intriguing and exciting. I also found the book to be very boring, and I don’t really know why. I think it was the writing, I found myself to be spacing out of the story all the time. 


Honorable mention to the dæmons, they are my favorite part of the book. I love how all the humans have their own dæmon. Dæmon is like a magical animal that is linked to the person’s soul. I wish I had my own dæmon, why! Can someone please get me one? I wonder what animal my dæmon would form.


❤ -Rakel

10 thoughts on “Mini Review: The Golden Compass – His Dark Materials #1 by Philip Pullman |Fantasy, Young Adult, Childrens|

  1. Nice spot on mini review. I’ve read the entire trilogy… Be prepared for weirdness, And maybe disliking the last two books (I know I did…)


      1. Not weird at all. I really liked the whole golden compass idea, but afterwards it gets kind of messy in my opinion. Other people might disagree with me, but it didn’t get any better after the first book.


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