Back last year I finally took the plunge into the His Dark Materials trilogy. I’d never read it as a child and was slightly worried that the books might not be as good if I was missing out on that nostalgic feeling. I needn’t have worried though, because I quickly discovered that I adored Philip Pullman’s writing and that I loved the first book in the series (Northern Lights). I was really determined to finish the series as a whole, but as usual life got in the way and other books started to get read first. However, I can finally say that my mission is complete and that I have now read the entire trilogy.
It’s usually at this point in my review that I’d give you a little overview of the overarching plot of the book, but I don’t actually want to do this here. Firstly, the series is so full of action and anticipation that I quite honestly don’t want to give even the slightest hint of a secret away. Secondly, I’ve decided to combine my review for both the second book, The Subtle Knife, and the third book, The Amber Spyglass, into one review. I’m hoping that this will help with keeping any spoilers to a minimum as it won’t be so plot specific, and also that it will make for a more general review for anyone who might be unsure whether to pick the books up. What I will say for people who’ve already read Northern Lights is that the book follows on from the dramatic events of the first book and blends seamlessly into the next!