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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.
Solid middle book in a trilogy. Establishes important relationships and gives depth to characters.Published 9 days ago by Randy
What beauty this book is, what terrible beauty. The beauty of first love, and of growing up, and of wishing to build a better world. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Ksenia Anske
It appears Philip Pullman lost all interest in this series by this book. Everything is too forced to where it might as well be the author directly telling you like a lecture.Published 1 month ago by Sydex
should have brought in wills daemon in earlier but besides that I liked it a lot. Can he make a different worries with daemonsPublished 1 month ago by T. Walsh
Enjoyed the two previous books in this trilogy. It was fast reading for me and I look forward to seeing a movie based on this book.Published 2 months ago by Rich Michalak
***potential spoilers if you've not read the other books in the trilogy***
In this final installment of His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra has been captured by her mother,... Read more
The Subtle Knife picks up pretty much where The Golden Compass left off. At the end of the previous book, Lord Asriel had created an opening between worlds. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamie W.
interesting series and I like the vision of it's perspective on how life works between worlds. I liked how the dust was explained by something scientific and an amazing miracle of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristen