Yes, I loved this series, but I don’t like the title of the series. As noticed below, the books in this trilogy are The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. What got me interested in reading this series is the character of Lyra herself. When reading the first summary of the first book, I was able to notice that in some ways, Lyra reminds me of Lila.
Does the Anti-Religious Elements bug me?
Well, one of the biggest criticisms about this series is the fact that it, in some ways, is actually anti-religious. That does not bug me at all- it is the world and the characters that make me love it. Yes, I see elements that I don’t believe in, but it still is an interesting read. In a way, the God they are talking about belongs to Old Testament God- don’t forget in The Old Testament, God was more angry at the time. It does connect a lot to how Creation and Original Sin was built. In some ways, I do see some Christian-related elements at times.
A key to any amazing series belongs to the world. There is something incredible about this world- it is really confusing. Like Shades of Magic, the world is hard to describe. It consists of multiple worlds, most of which are fiction. From witches to talking animals (ex: Polar Bears and fictional ones). I really don’t know what drives me to this particular world.
I actually loved these characters. I can’t exactly describe what they are. They are literally, in some ways, your soul. They are a huge piece of you and are in shape of animals. I was most fascinated by Lyra’s daemon. It is crazy how in some worlds, you can’t exactly see them- in Will’s world for instance.
Characters- Possible Spoilers
Lyra- she is our main character in a parallel England. Yes, she is liar and savage, but there is a lot more to her- this reminds me of Lila (she is a thief in Shades of Magic after all). I love her Daemon. She can be quite fearful of a lot of things, but still shows courage despite that. Her relationship to some of these characters are incredible- like Will and Iorek Byrinson. She is the one who can read the altheiometer,
Will- I didn’t come across him until the 2nd book. I love Lyra’s and Will’s relationship- I wasn’t expecting them to fall in love, but they do. Well, their relationship truly grows throughout their journeys. He eventually becomes the bearer of The Subtle Knife- which is actually a dangerous thing to have.
What is crazy about some of the characters is that sometimes it is hard to know who to trust and who to not trust- some of the characters seem that way.