His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995) (published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. The novels have won a number of awards, including the Carnegie Medal in 1995 for Northern Lights and the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year for The Amber Spyglass. In 2003, the trilogy was ranked third on the BBC’s The Big Read poll.
His Dark Materials has been marketed to young adults, though Pullman wrote with no target audience in mind. The fantasy elements include witches and armoured polar bears; the trilogy also alludes to concepts from physics, philosophy and theology. It functions in part as a retelling and inversion of John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, with Pullman commending humanity for what Milton saw as its most tragic failing, original sin. The series has attracted controversy for its criticism of religion.
The London Royal National Theatre staged a two-part adaptation of the series in 2003–2004. New Line Cinema released a film adaptation of Northern Lights, The Golden Compass, in 2007. Pullman followed the trilogy with two shorter books set in the same universe, Lyra’s Oxford (2003) and Once Upon a Time in the North (2008). La Belle Sauvage, the first book in a new trilogy set in the same universe, The Book of Dust, was published on 19 October 2017. A television series based on the His Dark Materials novels is set to be released in 2019.
Order of His Dark Materials Books
Below is the list of all the His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman in their chronological order:
|La Belle Sauvage||The Book of Dust||Philip Pullman||2017||Amazon||Kindle||–|
|Once Upon a Time in the North||His Dark Materials companion books||Philip Pullman||2008||Amazon||–||–|
|Northern Lights / The Golden Compass||His Dark Materials||Philip Pullman||1995||Amazon||Kindle||Audiobook|
|The Subtle Knife||His Dark Materials||Philip Pullman||1997||Amazon||Kindle||Audiobook|
|The Amber Spyglass||His Dark Materials||Philip Pullman||2000||Amazon||Kindle||Audiobook|
|Lyra’s Oxford||His Dark Materials companion books||Philip Pullman||2003||Amazon||–||–|
|The Secret Commonwealth||The Book of Dust||Philip Pullman||2019||Amazon||Kindle||Audiobook|