“When you live for many hundreds of years, you know that every opportunity will come again.”
I know, I’m late to the party. I wasn’t much of a reader when I was actually in the age group for young adult novels so I missed some classics. Though classic it may be, I was disappointed by Northern Lights.
I loved Lyra, she’s a wonderful and brave girl who’s feisty and smart. However, I’m biased against books with very long chapters where nothing happens. It was s l o w. The last 100 pages were really good, but I had to battle to get there; but thanks to my inability to stop reading a book mid-way through, I did so. Some of the characters were great, but I did struggle with his descriptions. I’m quite a visual person, but I couldn’t imagine some of the scenes he was describing. Iorek will always have a special place in my heart though, what a bear.
Ultimately, I probably would have preferred this 10 years ago before expectations rocketed. However, I persevered and I’m glad I did. 3 stars, pushing into 3.5 in the end.
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