The final book of the Dark Material trilogy is the best of the three. I like the quotes in front of each chapter. This book does for fantasy what DaVinci Code did for it's genre.
Mr. Pullman's atheist views are clearly evident in this novel. There is a theme of disappointment and hopelessness complete with a disappointing ending to the entire story. I don't care for this novel at all. If you enjoyed the Golden Compass, I suggest you stop while you're ahead.
It is too bad that the author had to inject his hatred for Christianity into his writing. He is very talented but this book was just over the edge.