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A complex web of thoughts was weaving itself in the bear king's mind, with more strands in it than hunger and satisfaction. There was the memory of the little girl Lyra, whom he had named Silvertongue, and whom he had last seen crossing the fragile snow bridge across a crevasse in his own island of Svalbard. Then there was the agitation among the witches, the rumors of pacts and alliances and war; and then there was the surpassingly strange fact of this new world itself, and the witch's insistence that there were many more such worlds, and that the fate of them all hung somehow on the fate of the child.Meanwhile, two factions of the Church are vying to reach Lyra first. One is even prepared to give a priest "preemptive absolution" should he succeed in committing mortal sin. For these tyrants, killing this girl is no less than "a sacred task."
In the final installment of his trilogy, Philip Pullman has set himself the highest hurdles. He must match its predecessors in terms of sheer action and originality and resolve the enigmas he already created. The good news is that there is no critical bad news--not that The Amber Spyglass doesn't contain standoffs and close calls galore. (Who would have it otherwise?) But Pullman brings his audacious revision of Paradise Lost to a conclusion that is both serene and devastating. In prose that is transparent yet lyrical and 3-D, the author weaves in and out of his principals' thoughts. He also offers up several additional worlds. In one, Dr. Mary Malone is welcomed into an apparently simple society. The environment of the mulefa (again, we'll reveal nothing more) makes them rich in consciousness while their lives possess a slow and stately rhythm. These strange creatures can, however, be very fast on their feet (or on other things entirely) when necessary. Alas, they are on the verge of dying as Dust streams out of their idyllic landscape. Will the Oxford dark-matter researcher see her way to saving them, or does this require our young heroes? And while Mary is puzzling out a cure, Will and Lyra undertake a pilgrimage to a realm devoid of all light and hope, after having been forced into the cruelest of sacrifices--or betrayals.
Throughout his galvanizing epic, Pullman sustains scenes of fierce beauty and tenderness. He also allows us a moment or two of comic respite. At one point, for instance, Lyra's mother bullies a series of ecclesiastical underlings: "The man bowed helplessly and led her away. The guard behind her blew out his cheeks with relief." Needless to say, Mrs. Coulter is as intoxicating and fluid as ever. And can it be that we will come to admire her as she plays out her desperate endgame? In this respect, as in many others, The Amber Spyglass is truly a book of revelations, moving from darkness visible to radiant truth. --Kerry Fried
The Amber Spyglass is the final book in Philip Pullman's `His Dark Materials' trilogy.
I can understand how Christian readers of this book might be offended at first glance by Phillip Pullman's allegorical depiction of their god and church.
I get bored with the same old characters and the sometimes amazing twists and turns the author takes to keep the story going for another book or two.
I read this series as a child, and it's all the more thrilling as an adult. Worlds of wonder, pain, love and loss. And beauty.Published 7 days ago by Amanda S
Phillip Pullman is an excellent writer. This book is the third nook in a trilogy which takes the reader through different realms and universes. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Ray Whitney
Couldn't sleep until I was finished. The movie lured me in but the books were magical. Written to pull you along in suspension and anticipation.Published 10 days ago by Melinda Lauderdale
The amber spyglass was amazing the northern lights was fantastic the subtle knife was brilliant and the amber spyglass was out of this world (literally out of this world) don't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Orla Monaghan
Loved this series so much, my last daughter's name is Lyra. Only wish there were more.Published 2 months ago by Heather Odom