Amazing read – wonderful way of writing that gets across complex ideas in simple language. The characters were a joy to get to know – especially Malcolm, loved the way he was presented and developed throughout the story.
It has been a sufficiently long enough time since I read His Dark Materials, that I really can’t remember what happened – it was fantastic that this book made complete sense on it’s own. The hint of familiarity (especially of Pan) was just enough to provide comfort – like I was going back to a place I had visited and loved once.
I got a little worried about three quarters of the way through, because it got a little bit Faraway-Tree-ish, but that section came to an end just as I was getting a bit annoyed with it. And, it did play a role in the story which made it alright.