BOOK BLOG: Philip Pullman

Northern Lights: an emotional rollercoaster!


“Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…”

Man, I loved Lyra. So so much. She’s just such a brilliant main character. I finished this book about a week ago and I STILL have FEELINGS about this book. I vividly remember the moment in this book where I needed to stop, message my friend Lucy to say I didn’t want to carry on reading because I was too traumatised, breathe, cry and then keep reading. That doesn’t happen often. I love books and I love them deeply. For a book to make me genuinely think about stop reading, that’s a big thing. (I bet you can probably guess the moment of this book… if you can comment or tweet me, cause I’m curious!)

Yes, yes, this is my first time of reading this book.
No, I don’t quite know how I bypassed it as a child.
Yes, it’s always been on my radar.
Yes, I own all of the books (in these WONDEFUL editions because shiny covers are the best!)
No, I’m not reading book 2 straight away (my brain needs a break!)

I can’t imagine as a child or a young teenager reading this book and being in ANY state afterwards. I was heartbroken at one point. There were SO MANY MOMENTS of “WTF OMG!” through the book. My friends were loving my reactions. I did a thread on twitter of my reactions and I can tell you there were a lot more than I put on there, because spoilers. 

Now when I started reading, I genuinely knew VERY LITTLE about this book. I knew it was about a girl called Lyra and there were armoured polar bears (that’s my friend Charlotte’s fault), but that’s about it. This meant when I started reading that I was BLOWN AWAY by it. The plot is just wonderful. The setting is lush. There are scenes that made me laugh (a polar bear at a pub getting drunk? Yes please!) and scenes that made me cry. Scenes that shocked me (that reveal about her parents?!). I think I felt EVERY emotion reading this book and I have no shame about it. There are so many plot twists and reveals in this book that just when you think you’re comfortable and know where you stand in your reading, you’re hit BAM IN THE FACE with something new, some hidden gem of information, some plot twist. So so good. So much recommendation from me.

In other news, I REALLY WANT A DAEMON. 

This book is magical, mystical and wonderful. I’m keen to read book 2 to see where Lyra’s story takes her. 

If you could have a daemon, what would you have?
What kind of daemon would you suggest for me?
Have you read Northern Lights?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments, or on twitter! I’d love your suggestions for my daemon!

S x

p.s. Mrs Coulter is a TERRIBLE person.

11 thoughts on “BOOK BLOG: Philip Pullman

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I finished Northern Lights just this weekend!
    I did like the story, but the dialogue got on my nerves sometimes with all the a-writing in it. Probably because I’m not used to reading some kind of “dialect” like that, I guess?

    Mrs. Coulter definitely IS the worst! I don’t know how anyone could think differently!


  2. Rachael says:

    Yes to all of this! It took me far too long to get around to reading it too – I only read it a couple of years ago, and I can only echo this: I LOVE this series, (volume 1 is the best of the 3 though in my opinion…) I’m so excited for the second volume in the new(ish) companion trilogy Book of Dust too!


  3. elnadesbookchat says:

    That title threw me for a second. I thought there was a new book in the series I didn’t know about. But it is just a different title for The Golden Compass. I haven’t read this one in years, but I would love a daemon too. I think mine would be a cat. I never finished the series but I keep thinking about it especially with the new one that came out recently. Nice post.


  4. CharlotteSomewhere says:

    I love this book so, so much. It’s probably my favourite of ever. The polar bears are my favourite. If I had a daemon I’d have a wolf. For you, I’d pick a red panda. Cute and cuddly but also smart and lot and has claws when it needs to.


  5. thecorneroflaura says:

    I reread the trilogy not too long ago and I picked up a lot more disturbing and weird stuff than I did last time. That said, Lyra is awesome and this is definitely the best book of the series.

    As for daemons, I really, really want one too. I’d want something grand but, in the end. It’d probably be some kind of small bird. Like a sparrow.


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