The golden compass

(His dark materials -- bk. 1)

The golden compass (1998, Alfred A. Knopf)

Paperback, 399 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 1998 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College, Lyra hears rumors of a magical dust that supposedly possesses powers that can unite whole universes, and begins a difficult and dangerous journey to find it.

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1) '''What is it?' she said.Pantalaimon, a wildcat still, crouched on the table six inches away, his green eyes following it round and round inside the glass.'If you was to crack it open,' said Farder Coram, 'you'd find no living thing in there. No animal nor insect, at any rate. I seen one of these things afore, and I never thought I'd see one again this far north. Afric things. There's a clockwork running in there, and pinned to the spring of it, there's a bad spirit with a spell through its heart.'''2) ''The enormousness of the task silenced them. Lyra looked up at the blazing sky. She was aware of how small they were, she and her dæmon, in comparison with the majesty and vastness of the universe; and of how little they knew, in comparison with the profound mysteries above them.''
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  • Missing persons
  • Fantasy
  • Experiments
  • Kidnapping
  • Fiction


  • Arctic regions