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Sep 26, 2019JCLIanH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
You ever read a book and get about 100 pages from the end and feel...sad? Like you're mourning the fact that the tremendous journey you are on is going to end? I know there are two more books in the series, but this one really lit up the pure-joy-of-reading receptors in my brain. The alternate universe world-building here is just phenomenal and would be fascinating on its own, but the story Pullman tells is a grand adventure full of memorable characters that more than hold their own against the book's big themes. Lyra Belacqua is the kind of protagonist I can't wait to introduce my daughters to (when I'm sure some of the darker content won't give them nightmares).