Book Review | Northern Lights

Title: Northern Lightsnorthern lights book
Author: Phillip Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials #1
 Fantasy / Middle Grade
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pages: 397 pages
Spoilers? Not really, just general stuff.

“Without this child, we shall all die.”

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…



I got Northern Lights as a gift when I was 8 years old, but it sat on my shelf until I was around 11. I fell in love with this book. But, even at the time, I had a feeling that some themes being portrayed in the story were going over my head.

I was completely right. Reading Northern Lights as a 24-year old is a completely different experience. Religion and the concept of sin play a big part in the world building and lore of the story. It is also much dark than I remembered. Women are seen as the inferior sex, there’s unexpected gore and some nods to possible sexual abuse and pedophilia.

The main character, Lyra Belacqua, is a fighter. She is the “Chosen One”, born from two power-driven, awful people that left her alone to raise herself. Lyra is cunning, a natural leader, and she does what needs to be done. She is a joy to follow, and connecting with the main character is something I struggle with when reading middle-grade books.


Northern Lights sets the stage for a story that has much more depth than it seems. And I’m super stoked to continue my journey with these characters and in this world.


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4 Stars


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8 thoughts on “Book Review | Northern Lights

  1. Rachel @ Book-a-Mania says:

    I feel the same way! I loved this book so much as a kid when I first read it. Recently I re-read the whole series when I was 21 and there’s so much more depth to it

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  2. Marie says:

    Ahh I’m so so very happy that you enjoyed it as much as before. I want to re-read this sometime and hope to love it just as much as I did when I first read it years and years ago 🙂
    Lovely review! 🙂

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