To be honest, I didn't get the chance to read much of this book. Only a few chapters into it. But that was enough for me. The main character, Lyra, was so throughly unpleasant that I simply didn't care to follow her journey. I need to connect with the protangonists and I just couldn't here so I put it down. The world was interesting, but from discussions about the entire series with friends, I am glad I put it away. Just not my kind of story. And I have to agree with another reviewer here, I am not fond of an author using childrens books as a means of furthering their agenda. I'm agnostic so it's not a religious issue for me, but it does rub me wrong to push propaganda. Though since I didn't read the whole series, I do not know how well it was executed. All I know is it didn't sound very compelling to me.