Setting[ edit ] The novel is set in a world dominated by an international theocracythe Magisterium also commonly called "the Church"which actively suppresses heresy. One day, she witnesses the Master poison wine intended for Lord AsrielLyra's rebellious and adventuring uncle.
This quote precedes the table of contents and title page of the book. It provides the source of the series title His Dark Materials. Soon, life takes a serious turn when she and Pantalaimon prevent an assassination attempt on Lord Asriel and also overhear a secret conversation about Dusta mysterious entity.
Around this time, word is spreading about children mysteriously disappearing, leading to the urban legend of the Gobblers. As Lyra departs Jordan, she realizes that Roger has gone missing.
In LondonMrs Coulter shows Lyra a glamorous lifestyle and begins her tutorship in learning about the Northand everything is so new to Lyra that she soon begins forgetting about Roger amid the distractions Mrs Coulter offers her.
Pantalaimon warns Lyra that Mrs Coulter is treating her like a pet. As autumn changes to winter, Mrs Coulter decides to hold a cocktail party, however Lyra and she have a confrontation and the Golden monkey physically assaults Pantalaimon.
Mrs Coulter is so dismissive of the disagreement that Lyra is left feeling dejected and rebellious, and during the party she discovers that Mrs Coulter is the chair of the General Oblation Board of London — the Gobblers — and are responsible for the missing children across England.
Lyra packs a bag and runs away through the streets of London however soon gets lost. In a canal basin she is captured by some Turk traders who throw nets over her, however she is rescued by some passing Gyptians, who take her onto their boat.
Lyra recognizes them as the Costa familywhom she once attempted to sink the boat of during her battles with the other children of Oxford, but finds their matriarch Ma Costa forgiving of her past crimes.
Lyra stays with the Costas as they move along the Grand Junction Canal and they make their way towards the Fens where the Gyptian families are meeting with their leader John Faa to discuss the lost children.
There, Lyra learns that her parents are none other than Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulterand the Gyptians conclude that they must travel North in a boat and rescue the children. Lyra insists that she goes along with them.
Farder Coram solders a captured Spy-fly into an old tin and Lyra keeps it. There ends part one of the story. Lanselius also tells of an armoured bear who has been removed of his armour by the townspeople and who is working nearby — the exiled King of Svalbard, Iorek Byrnison.
As the Gyptians make their way inland towards BolvangarLyra receives a strange message from the alethiometer that confuses her, and asks Iorek to take her to the nearby village where, it appears, there is a ghost.
They take him back to the Gyptian camp, but he later dies. She is also here reunited with Roger and learns more about the intercision process. Mrs Coulter soon arrives but Lyra keeps a low profile and lies about her name and personality. Lyra then eavesdrops on a conversation between Mrs Coulter and the Bolvangar doctors and discovers that they have created a new separation device in the form of a guillotine.
Alone, the doctors discuss Mrs Coulter before discovering Lyra and deciding to test the new device on her and Pantalaimon. Before the guillotine comes down, however, Mrs Coulter returns and rescues her in horror, where they retire to her chambers and discuss everything.
Eventually, Mrs Coulter asks about the alethiometer and Lyra hands her the tin containing the spy-fly. Mrs Coulter, thinking it to be the alethiometer, greedily opens it but it attacked by the spy-fly.
Lyra then runs, sets off the fire alarm, and escapes into the snow with the rest of the children. The children, running on, soon get fractious and cold and Lyra worries that the Gyptians will not arrive in time to rescue them.
Before long, however, they arrive and the children are saved. The bears fight, but Iorek, understanding that as Iofur is no longer acting like a bear, he might be tricked, feigns a broken paw and then clubs Iofur to death, ripping off his entire lower jaw.
In the last section of the story, Iorek takes Lyra and Roger to where the Bears had been keeping the exiled Lord Asriel. This creates a blast of energy that blasts apart the fabric of the world and opens a huge window to the city of the new world.Northern Lights tells the story of Lyra Belacqua who lives in Jordan college, Oxford in a world very much like our own.
The difference being that every person’s soul is a living animal companion or ‘daemon’ who accompanies him/her everywhere. His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels consisting of Northern Lights (, published as The Golden Compass in North America), 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. Apr 01, · Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.4/5(M).
Philip Pullman. Home News Books Articles & Interviews Stage, Illustrations. Northern Lights. My illustrations for the Lantern Slide edition of Northern Lights. The Subtle Knife. My illustrations for the Lantern Slide edition of the Subtle Knife.
The Amber Spyglass Some of the great Peter Bailey’s illustrations for the Folio Society. Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights kicked around my shelves for a while. It was passed on by a friend who thought I might like it, but I don’t like feeling as though I have to read something.
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