His Dark Materials is one of my favorite series, and I finally decided to reread it. As always, there are spoilers in this post.
“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they wont’ just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” – The Amber Spyglass
Lyra Silvertongue. There are so many things that these stories are about: love, good versus evil, humanity, choices, sacrifice, wisdom, open-mindedness, destiny. But at the heart of everything is the story of a girl growing up. Lyra makes terrible mistakes. She’s cocky, dishonest, and rough. But she’s also charming, loyal, and loves with her entire heart. She makes everyone, from the king of the bears to a witch queen, love her and she has the same effect on the reader.
When Lyra has to leave Pan on the shores of the lake of the dead and sail away from him. This is the most brutal sacrifice and heart-wrenching scene of the story and Lyra makes the sacrifice because she has to. Her strength of character makes my heart cry.
Why I Love This Series In One Sentence
His Dark Materials is a series that tackles complex questions against an epic background with characters you can’t help but love.