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His Dark Materials

by Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Gift Books Sci-Fi and Fantasy

LoveReading View on His Dark Materials

His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some dangerous questioning. It also marks the beginning of Lyra’s search for her friend Roger, a search that takes her to the ice kingdoms of the North where armoured bears rule. Lyra’s courage and stubborn determination lead her on this mission of incredible danger in this brilliant and imaginative story. The author’s vivid imagination and vision is so spectacular and moving that it will leave you almost speechless with admiration and the amazingly diverse characters will be universally admired by all those who read about them.  It’s completely original and totally spellbinding; a true classic that will stand the test of time much in the way Tolkien’s famous work has done.

Sarah Broadhurst

His Dark Materials Synopsis

Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.

The epic story Pullman tells is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armoured polar bears, magical devices, witches and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound re-imagining of Milton's Paradise Lost. An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, HIS DARK MATERIALS is a monumental and enduring achievement.

His Dark Materials Press Reviews

One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time - The Guardian

Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever? - The Observer

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ISBN: 9781841593425
Publication date: 28/10/2011
Publisher: Everyman's Library an imprint of Everyman
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841593425
Publication date: 28th October 2011
Author: Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Publisher: Everyman's Library an imprint of Everyman
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 1144 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Gift Books, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives in Oxford.

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