Probably my favorite fantasy book of 2017! Fans of His Dark Materials will not be disappointed, as it is classic Pullman which captures the feel of the original trilogy, even after 17 years. In the first of three volumes we meet an infant Lyra and her ever-changing dæmon Pantalaimon, and are introduced to the curious and steadfast Malcolm Polstead, who finds himself forced to protect Lyra from the many threats she faces throughout the book. Floods, disgusting villains (and their terrifying daemons!) and heroic characters abound...with the tension climbing faster and faster toward a dark and brutal climax. I was devastated to have to leave this world of daemons, alethiometer and an alternate Oxford...and wait longingly for the next installment. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
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