The Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials #1)
“I wish…” she said, and stopped. There was nothing that could be gained by wishing for it. A final deep shaky breath, and she was ready to go on.”– Lyra Belaqua, The Northern Lights
Welcome to day 3 of my 12 Reads of Christmas series, where I’m posting the things I like to read over the festive period every day from Christmas Day until Twelfth Night (6 January).
During December I’ve been re-reading the entire His Dark Materials series (mainly due to the BBC adaptation that finished just before Christmas) and I forgot just how much I adored the first book. During my childhood years of polar bear obsession, this was one of my favourite books to read. Magic, witches, polar bears, and every human has an animal soulmate. It was perfect.
The cold arctic setting has made this the ideal Christmas re-read for me this year. I’ve also really appreciated the adaptation of His Dark Materials on BBC1 this autumn/winter. After the car crash that was The Golden Compass back in 2007, this has been the adaptation we deserved – for the most part. I’m still upset about Billy Costa and the lack of dried fish, but other wise I’m very happy with it.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series!