REVIEW: ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman


The first instalment of ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy. 

Thought this book is aimed at a young adult audience, the concepts contained within it certainly have the scope to open the minds of a more adult readership. Pullman is one of the greatest out and out story tellers his generation. 

Although released over 20 years ago the wonderful, expansive story Pullman tells have an infinite lifespan. I enjoyed reading this book as much now as I did when I was 12.

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In the main character, Lyra; He has created one of my favourite female protagonists of all time. Firstly set in a dystopian 19th century Oxford (part of a infinite multiverse) this book will wrap its arms around you and hold you tight throughout the whole wondrous journey of ‘His Dark Materials’.

Within ‘Lyra’s Oxford’ the human soul appears in the form of a daemon, a creature outside of the body that takes the form an animal. Usually reflecting the humans personality. This is such a unique concept within literature.

The fact that all characters are never physically alone and can directly communicate with their own soul (Daemon) is mesmerising and expansive. In the Northern Lights you will encounter amazing characters such as Armoured Polar Bears in the North, Evil government organisations and mythical Witches. You’ll never want to leave this world.

Philip Pullman is a true master of his craft. If you are a parent having trouble imbibing a passion for reading into your teenage child then have them read this. I can almost guarantee that this will inspire them to pick up more and more books.







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