The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
The Golden Compass - His Dark Materials, Book 1 Author:Philip Pullman Now in a deluxe Knopf Paperback edition here is the first book in Philip Pullman's critically acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy chronicalling the otherworldly adventures of Lyra and her companions.
I actually only picked this up to see what has the fundamentalist censor-y population in an uproar. Read it in one day, it was completely engrossing. I really enjoyed it and recommend it if you want a fun, colorful fantasy read. I'll definitely read the entire trilogy. If you like this genre, read it and be happily entitled to your own opinion on any religious references. Books are not dangerous, people (especially censors) are.