After loving The Golden Compass so much, I couldn’t wait to read the second book. I devoured it pretty quickly and found that while I did like the story, I wasn’t as in love with it as I had been with Lyra’s first adventure.Let me break it down a bit. The world building was amazing. Will was a cool character—I really liked him. Lyra… started to get annoying. I loved the tweaked Original Sin story in the other Dust world, but the increasing religious overtones kind of spoiled my reading experience. I loved The Golden Compass because it was a fantasy adventure with a spunky girl and daemons. I hadn’t known that it was a religious allegory, even though people told me it was. It was more clear here, and I think that’s why it lost some of its appeal. That, combined with a slower, less urgent plotline made me feel that the story was dragging much more than the first one.
Despite all that, the plot was exciting—how could it not be with a knife that can cut through space to open doors to other worlds?—and I still want to read the third and final book in the trilogy.