In the lead-up to Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated prequel trilogy to His Dark Materials, The Book of Dust (book one, La Belle Sauvage hits shelves in October) let’s take a moment to appreciate the glory of the originals, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
A contemporary classic in every sense, Pullman shocked and delighted readers young and old with the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and her shape-shifting daemon, Pan, in their quest to rescue their missing friends and take down the almighty Magisterium. With his spellbinding prose, rich worlds, and incredible cast of characters (including the ruthless Mrs Coulter, the powerful Lord Asriel, and -– of course -– Iorek Byrnison, the talking armoured polar bear), Pullman blends religion, science, philosophy and hefty dose of good old-fashioned adventure to create one helluva stunning read.
My personal favourite: book two, The Subtle Knife. Read them all ASAP.