The first in the trilogy - The Dark Materials
An epic fantasy :
With humans (each with a daemon : a soul in the form of an animal), witches, talking bear kings, political leaders, religous leaders, and citizens whose lives depend on their decisions.
Pullman begins his story in Oxford, England at a time when England was supreme, starting the industrial revolution, politically powerful government, church, and educational center of the world.
Within this setting Lyra is coming of age; expanding her explorations into the organizations that vie to rule the world - government and religion. How people can be good and evil, how they conduct themselves, and make decisions.
What should her role be in her life and death?
Audio - mp4
Dr. Robert Sweetland's notes [homeofbob.com & thehob.net ]