First book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. In this first part of the "Dark Materials" trilogy, Lyra's friend Roger disappears. She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. Their quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North where a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Award."Rarely if ever have readers been offered such a rich casket of wonders" - The Independent First published 1995.