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!