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Lyra Belacqua

Meet Lyra, an incredible liar and hilarious potty mouth who happens to be one of the only people who can work the truth-telling alethiometer, or golden compass. She's also estranged from her parents and subject of the attentions of the Magisterium, a gigantic organisation of the Church intent on separating her from her daemon -- a shape-shifting animal form of her soul, what everyone has in her parallel world. Lyra encounters witches, polar bears, powerful angels and even the Authority Himself on her way to discovering life-changing truths about herself.

You can see Lyra in the Golden Compass (2007) or in the upcoming His Dark Materials TV series adaptation coming from the BBC next year.

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