Book Review: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Hey Guys!

It’s book review time. Today I am starting yet another trilogy. the trilogy in question is the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. So, here is my review for Northern Lights, aka, The Golden Compass.


I never had any intention of reading this series. I saw the film when it first came out and hated it. I remember it being really confusing and strange and not having a freaking clue what was going on. But a few months ago The Book Of Dust popped up on my recommendations section on Amazon and I found myself really intrigued by the description so I decided to give the original trilogy a go, and see what it was like. and I am actually really glad that I did.

I ended up really enjoying this book. Upon recommendation, I listened to the audiobook for it and fell in love with it. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this story as much if I hadn’t listened to it as the audiobook is brilliant. It is narrated by Philip Pullman and has a full cast. This means that it is really engaging to listen to and it really brought the story to life. The actual story is a bit slow to get going, but the audiobook keeps it excited and really helps to keep your attention.

The actual story was a lot darker then I was expecting it to. In fact, it is pretty fucked up. I mean there is child kidnapping, with those children then being tortured and murdered, there is betrayal, twisted family relations, death, deceit and so much more. the story was so much darker and more twisted then I was expecting. And, I actually quite liked this. I was worried that as the main character is only 12, I would have trouble connecting with her. But because of how twisted the story is, it really helped to draw me.

Speaking of the main character, I really like her. I wasn’t sure about her at first. In fact, at the start of the book I found her pretty annoying, but she soon grew on me. Lyra turned out to be such a strong, independent young girl with heaps of bravery and determination. Pullman got the right balance between child and adult with her. she has had to grow up fast, and throughout this book, you could see her childhood slipping away from her. I also really liked a lot of the secondary characters. Again, they really helped to bring the story to life. I liked how naturally people seemed to gravitate towards Lyra, it just added another layer to her character.

Overall I did really like this book. I am really excited to continue the trilogy and see where it goes from here. I am very glad that I finally decided to give it a go. There were some elements of it that I didn’t love and I did also figure out a few of the plot twists really early on (not sure if it is from my pretty non-existent memory of the film or just that it was obvious) and some of the storyline did make me a little uncomfortable. But overall I liked it. I liked how complex the world was and how deep the storyline is.

star 44 out of 5

And there we have it. have you read this one? What are your thoughts on it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.


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