I then had to wait for 'The Amber spyglass' as it wasn't even out yet but well worth the wait. I tried to savour every moment before I finished it as I knew there was no more.
If you've seen the film 'The Golden Compass' I'd still recommend reading the Northern Lights to take you into the trilogy. I found Mrs. Coulter, particularly , to be much more sinisterly written than Nicole Kidman could play her and there is, as always, much more details and character building in the book itself. Having written this I'm now going to look through the shelves and re read on my own recommendation! It really is worth it. (probably from 11+)