1.5/5; 2 stars; DI feel bad giving such a low rating and poor review of this book because I think the author was trying really hard to write a quest style fantasy book with a little bit of something for everyone. Unfortunately it didn't work for me for a lot of reasons. On the positive side, the writing was literate and flowed nicely. I liked Lyra and her Aunt as well as a lot of the characters in Dragonspeir. On the negative side, the story was way too long for how much story there was to tell. It didn't engage me very well and I couldn't get emotionally attached to the characters. The oddest thing for me was the romance thread. Lyra would, out of the blue, have thoughts about 'a lifetime with Cullen' or wondering if he could love her when they had just met. Their relationship did not meld at all with the tone of the story. The book had the feel of an animated Disney fairytale. There were a couple of sex scenes thrown into this and it was as disconcerting as watching a Disney movie with your kids and suddenly Snow White and a man take off their clothes and have sex, right in the middle of the singing birds and cute bunnies and deer.