books you should read : His Dark Materials (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) — Philip Pullman
it’s about : Lyra is an orphan girl living in Jordan College, Oxford, where she was raised. For a while now, she’s been hearing rumours about the Gobblers, an unidentified group of kidnappers, taking children in various towns ; now they say they’ve come to Oxford. One day, she spies the Headmaster trying to poison her Uncle Asriel ; she saves his life and, hidden in a cupboard, learns for the first time about Dust. She later leaves Jordan College with the mysterious and beautiful Mrs. Coulter, to live with her ; as she left, the Headmaster gave her the alethiomether, a symbol-reader, urging her to keep it hidden.
She soon finds out that many secrets are being kept from her ; and it all seems to have to do with Dust. She engages on a journey that will take her far from home, far from her own world even, unaware of the part she has to play in every world’s fate and the war to come.
you should read it because : Pullman’s writing is fantastic ; this is not your average fantasy novel ; it is moving, clever, beautiful, daring, and should stay with you for a while.
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