Friday, 9 November 2018

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights
by Philip Pullman

Summary: When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him.

The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...

Well... This book was, in a word, disappointing.

I've been hearing so much hype about the book from pretty much everyone for years and years, and I don't know if that was part of the problem or if it's just one of those book series I'd have liked more had I grown up reading it.

But yeah, it was pretty thoroughly underwhelming.

I won't deny that it was well written or that it had an interesting cast of characters and elements of the story that were appealing (loved the daemons, for example) but overall I found it to be a bit on the boring side most of the time.

I am going to stick with the series, because I hate leaving them unfinished once I start, but the book didn't really leave me craving more or particularly caring about what happens to the characters after the first book ended.

I didn't feel invested in it and I'm hoping that maybe the second book will make me get what all the fuss was about.

My overall opinion of this first book can be summed up in three letters: meh.

It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the spectacular read it was made out to be by everyone that spoke to me about it. I'd rate it 2.5 stars out of 5.


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