I chanced upon this trilogy via Chris Sell’s comment on a blog. This is a great work of fiction that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a story of a girl and her adventures and the adventures are truly imaginative. Science, religion, fact, fiction and everything in between have been so fantastically inter woven into a tale, you have to experience it.
The trilogy is made up of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
After “reading” The Golden Compass, well, I actually listened to the recording courtesy Books on CD, I was fascinated by the story, but could not completely appreciate or understand what was going on. The concept of demons and dust is mysterious, but overall, it is a fascinating story written with great imagination. The author, Philip Pullman and an ensemble of cast perform the reading. By the end of book one, you will want more.
The Subtle Knife is the best of the 3 books. Many things that were introduced in The Golden Compass make sense and the fast pace of the story makes it hard to put down. The book starts off with the introduction of a new and important character and never stops moving. There is never a dull moment.
The last book in the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, was a little let down after experiencing The Subtle Knife. The story moves slowly and the author is just tying up all the loose ends to complete the story. At times it was a little boring and felt like the author just wanted to get it over with.
Overall, His Dark Materials is a great imaginative story and the clever melding of science, religion makes a good read. Pick it up and you wont be disappointed.