How did I get it?:
Beth sent it to me!
“Without this child, we shall all die.” Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…
This was one of Beth’s choices and I can’t believe we both hadn’t read this book before! Beth was reading it when she came to visit and she was completely gripped by it, so I was excited to see how I felt. I enjoyed it and thought it was an engaging read, but I wasn’t as blown away by it as she was (Sorry Beth!).
Please don’t think I didn’t enjoy it! I did. I thought the writing was great, so descriptive and Philip Pullman’s ideas were so imaginative. There are some truly wonderful ideas that I can imagine get everyone’s imaginations racing. That’s ideally what any writer wants from a book. I can imagine children and adults alike being captivated by the action. I thought there was enough action and enough narrative. The characters were good and likeable enough. I loved the idea of everyone having a daemon.
I can’t put my finger on why I didn’t love this book as much as my sister did. It’s got nothing really wrong with it that stands out to me. I would recommend this book, because I do think Pullman’s ideas are fabulous and something that everyone will enjoy. I just think for the younger age it’s directed towards, it’s quite a difficult book, with some quite tricky terminology to grasp. That said, when it is grasped, it’s a wonderful story, well told.
Beth’s review is going to be much more glowing than mine, so make sure you check it out TOMORROW HERE.
Would I recommend it?:
Reading for our FINAL Kid-Lit Challenge of 2013:
The Railway Children- E. Nesbit