The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials

The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials

eBook - 2001
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(S2(BThe most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.(S3 (B--The Oregonian Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will--a boy on the run, a murderer--a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels. Each is searching--Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father--but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, their destinies are bound together . . . until they are split apart.   A #1 New York Times Bestseller A Newsweek Top 100 Book of All Time An Entertainment Weekly All-Time Greatest Novel   (S2(BThe story gallops with ferocious momentum.(S3 (B--The New York Times Book Review (S2(BPullman’s imagination soars. . . . A literary rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss.(S3 (B--The Boston Globe (S2(BDestined to become a classic.(S3 (B--Detroit Free Press (S2(BThe Subtle Knife is as absorbing and irresistible as The Golden Compass--and even more so, as powerful forces are set in motion. A brilliantly conceived work.(S3 (B--Lloyd Alexander, author of the Prydain Chronicles, and Newbery Medalist for The High King
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House Children's Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780440418610
Characteristics: 368 p
Additional Contributors: 3M Company


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Aug 17, 2015

The first book was better, with more of Lyra's world.

The Subtle Knife really offended me because of all the religious references... definitely agree with rene (below).

In addition, darker and less action mostly because of the prescence in "our" world.

redban Apr 07, 2015

Truly a classic trilogy. Even better, it can be enjoyed in adolescence and as an adult, so reading it again as an adult now brings nostalgia AND intrigue (still!). Very few fictions deserve such accolades, this one is a masterpiece!

And I agree, this book does get darker with the introduction of Will. The third book evens things out.

fergusonfan Jul 28, 2014

I enjoyed this more than the Golden Compass. It doesn't have quite as many plot twists as the first book. Lyra and Will are the main characters. Lord Asriel is a minor character in this,as is Mrs. Coulter.

formrfarmr2011 Jul 14, 2014

This is the second book in the series; and much darker than the first. The idea of Dust is intriguing, but I did not enjoy this one as much as The Golden Compass.

iLoveLibraries0_0 Oct 12, 2012

Another entertaining work of fiction from Philip Pullman.

This book goes much deeper into the author's views on Christianity, and Catholicism (not actually named) more specifically. Depending on what your own beleifs are, you might need to pull yourself out of this book for a moment and take a breather before continueing in certain parts.

narutouzumaki485 Jul 21, 2012

great for summer reading

Jul 01, 2012

This is one of those books that are so good, I wish multiple places, characters, and items in it were real. Great story.

Apr 30, 2012

This was super great and I loved iy. The story between Lyra and everything around her was amazing and I couldn't get enough of it!

Oct 30, 2011

I loved this book! I think it might even have been better than the first. I did miss ioerek because he was a very interesting character. Will really made up for that though.

Sep 07, 2011

It was a surprising sequel, as in i expected something entirely different. I liked Will as a character though, and found it an enjoyable read.

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Aug 04, 2014

"I found folly everywhere, but there were grains of wisdom in every stream of it.”


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