13 May 2008


I am sure that THE GOLDEN COMPASS is billed as a juvenile fantasy, but adults who like a good story, fantasy or otherwise, will surely like this series starter. The action is pretty much non-stop, the characters are engaging, the story is stay-up-late compelling.
Lyra, the main character, is a young girl running basically feral in the halls of Jordan College in Oxford. She stumbles into an intrigue that she is to play an important part of the unfolding.
There are daemons, talking polar bears, good and bad witches, gyptians (gypsies) all involved in the tale of stolen children and what happens to them. Lyra heads to the North in search of her stolen friend and all of the others being taken for reasons only hinted at.
It is a riproarin' adventure and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

This gets 4 coffeebeans!


Anonymous said...

I never pay attention if the book is listed as YA. I have found it doesn't matter as long as it's a good one. :)

Vickie said...

J Kaye: I don't mind whether or not it's YA or otherwise. I just like well written books.
This one was so much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Strlady said...

Loved Loved Loved this book which I recently read myself.
If you loved this book you should pick up two more YA books that I have found to be absolutely, edge of your seat, action. Libba Bray's Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Series) and Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Inheritance series) (BTW: Don't watch the movie of this book since it's not even remotely accurate)

Vickie said...

Strlady: Thankin' you for the cranium's up for these two books. I have heard of Paolini's series, but not Libba Bray.
I wasn't overly impressed with the movie Eragon, except for the CG dragons. Good to know that the book is better.

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