His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1) - Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (Book 1)

By Philip Pullman

  • Release Date: 2002-09-10
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 476 Ratings



The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal—including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." —The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." —Newsweek

Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials!
La Belle Sauvage—now in paperback
The Secret Commonwealth—coming October 3


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  • Incredible!

    By Insider Gaming
    The Golden Compass is a book where nothing is certain, and it kept me hooked up to the very end. I’ve only ever read anything better except Harry Potter! I can’t wait for The Book of Dust!😍😍😍😍😇👍🏿
  • So Far So Good!

    By Dwardeng
    A great opening to the trilogy. I'm looking forward to the next two installments. So far it's right up there with The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia Series. I'm not religious at all, so to me, comments from those who believe in an almighty god are completely irrelevant, not only for this work, but for the before mentioned works. Religious people tend to want to put their own spin on fantasy, since that's exactly what their own beliefs are based on.
  • amazing and heartbreaking. you need to use your mind and feel with your soul.

    By tony makrios
    i read these books when i was younger and enjoyed the adventure and the magic. i was very aware of the atheistic and agnostic undertones. but now that i'm in my twenties, i can't believe how deep it really goes. i've laughed at the silliness. i've been breathless and on the edge of my seat. but i've sobbed. i don't remember feeling so sad when i was a kid, but now i'm older, i understand what the books mean. a POWERFUL trilogy. unfortunately, a majority of the world is too closed minded to attempt to accept the message in his dark materials.
  • I want a daemon of my own.

    By Mary Maryland
    Love the notion of a personal daemon. A pretty good adventure for Lyra, great characters. Unsatisfying ending.
  • Terrible

    By Samm.1
    All these book do basically is try to convince impressionable kids and teens that god is a fake. Save your money. I wish i could put no stars because that's what it deserves!
  • Anti-Lord of the Rings

    By ManicMonkeyMojo
    The author is on record stating that his goal was to create an atheist's "Narnia", free of Christian moralizing and themes. To that extent, the entire series is derivative, and not particularly engaging, though The Golden Compass is the best of the three novels in the series. The conscious rejection of the Narnia series' themes is distracting to the adult, yet curiously opaque to the adolescent. In many places the story is mean-spirited, and as obnoxious as a 14 year old who has read Cliff's Notes summaries of post-Modern philosophers. The half-baked attempts to create a humanist alternative to the Narnia series throughout are fascinating to read, but one shouldn't expect that a novel dedicated to nullification of another idea is going to go very far in exploring the alternatives to that idea. At the very least, the author proved that what C. S. Lewis (and Tolkien, too) accomplished wasn't accidental or altogether easy.
  • Such a great trilogy! SPOILER ALERT

    By NewUser&Critic
    Wow!! I loved this book series! It's a great read, and the idea of your conscience being an animal that stays with you forever is brilliant! Loved how it began with a young girl and her dæmon sneaking around their medieval home, and ended with inter-dimensional travel! I loved the intelligent trunked creatures in The Amber Spyglass, and how the dark matter has a life of its own. I wonder... Is dark matter actually a form of communication with God? Hmmm...... Great book, all in all. I would definitely recommend it! But, it's on Overdrive the app for free... Don't buy it. Check it out from your local library!
  • Love!

    By Moosaca
    This is honesty one of the best book/book series i've ever read. Highly reccomended!