The first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is set in a parallel universe that is ruled by a religious order called The Church. The Church attempts to squash the freewill of people and to keep people from learning the truth or from gaining wisdom. Lyra, a preteen girl, is given a truth teller by her uncle. It must answer any question asked it honestly, once Lyra learns how to use it. She uses the truth teller to uncover many evil plots.

Summary of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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