I just finished the His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman. (The books are: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass - at least in America. I believe they have different titles in England.)
I’m curious as to other peoples views on it. I don’t really want to taint the OP by immediately getting into my thoughts, but I will say that I found it very interesting that it’s being marketed as a series for children, a la Harry Potter. I felt that many of the themes in it were very mature, and the strong anti-religion tone to it would infuriate parents even more than Potter did.
Overall I enjoyed the series, although I felt the third book was pretty weak and the ending had some real problems, for me. I thought Lyra and Will were great characters, and I loved Iorek Byrnnson and Lee Scoresby. Mrs. Coulter was also a great villian. I wasn’t too impressed with Mary Malone as a character.
But before I get into any specifics, I’d like to hear other opinions on it.