Growing up I adored the His Dark Materials trilogy. They are the sort of coming of age fantasy books which tear out your heart while sucking you into another world of stunning universe building and enthralling characters, and they were so popular when I was growing up that it’s was like staple kid-teenage reading, along with books like Harry Potter, that when I find out people haven’t read it I’m like - Wait, what? Since rambling about a ASOIAF Daemon AU I keep seeing more and more tags of ‘I don’t know what a daemon AU is’ on my posts and it made me so super sad I was like, man you need this book in your life.
His Dark Materials series is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, consisting of, The Northern Lights (sometimes The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. It has physical animal versions of the soul (basically), shit loads of biblical/literature references, armored fucking polar bears, and goddamn gay angels. It’s also a really touching, intelligent story that will leave you wanting more.
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(Fancast: Amandla Stenberg as Lyra, Lee Pace as Asriel, Lupita Nyong’o as Coutler and Charlie Rowe as Will.)
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