|4.5 stars out of 5|
The Golden Compass was the last hurrah in my 2016 Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature. It just squeaked in under the wire, as I read it during the Labour Day weekend.
I rate it at 4.5 stars. I found it completely engrossing and hard to put down. Published about 15 years too late for me to read as a child—but how I would have loved it! It is a dark novel, full of mysterious daemons, a threatening Church, plots of uncertain origin, sinister disappearances, and duplicitous adults.
All the stuff that I still enjoy! Unfortunately for me, this first of the series came out just as my own life was imploding and I have only recently recovered enough to get seriously reading again. Twenty years delay in discovering this marvelous introduction to His Dark Materials.