Lyra Belaqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar Pantalaimon always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle--a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold, far North, young Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: She alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
A "New York Times" Bestseller
A "Newsweek" Top 100 Book of All Time
An "Entertainment Weekly" All-Time Greatest Novel
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
"Very grand indeed." --"The New York Times"
"Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling."" --The Washington Post"
"A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." --"Kirkus Reviews," Starred
""The Golden Compass" is one of the best fantasy / adventure stories that I have read. This is a book no one should miss." --Terry Brooks
“As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra’s adventures.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Extraordinary storytelling at its very best.”—The Detroit Free Press
“Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling.”—The Washington Post