Did you see the 2007 film Golden Compass with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman?
The movie tanked considering the US$180 million cost.
But the books are great. It was based on Pullman’s His Dark Materials series:
Reviews have been great for the start of the prequel.
I’d agree. It’s well worth reading.
My only criticism is the same one I have with all fantasy: deus ex machina. The plot twists are unexpected appearances of magical things unrestrained by any logic or rules.
It always seems a bit cheap, to me.