The Subtle Knife

Here is highly anticipated second nstallment of Philip Pullman 's epic fantasy nove, begun with the critically acclaimed A Golden Compass. Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittàgazze, " tow of magpies, " where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Here their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra 's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will 's father. Their search is plagued with obstacles -- some familiar and some horribly new and unfathomable -- but it eventually brings them loser to Will 's father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, magical, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds. Through it all, Will and Lyra find themselves hurtling toward the center of a fierce battle against a force so awesome that leagues of mortals, witches, ghost, and spirits from every world are uniting in fear and anger against it. This breathtaking sequel will leave readers eager for the fourt and final volume of His Dark Materials.
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The Subtle Knife
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Published September 9th 2003 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published July 22nd 1997

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I 've since decided I wo n't be reading book three.

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Just " Support our Troops " or " Tell every woman you know she 's special " or " Microsoft is running a test and if you end this you could keep a check for$ 1,000! " When I see the letters FWD in the subject line, I usually simply delete it.I lost track of the number of emails I received telling me about the Anti-God movie The Golden Compass and the need to boycott the movies and the books.

Ten people wanted me to send that email on to anyon I thin, telling them the same hing.

I have n't seen he ovie, because I 'm cheap and it 's alway something I 'd ake my kids to or something I 'd be prone to see anyway, but as I wa never read the third essay in a series, enjoyed it and ad n't found it to be Anti-God, I was curious to read firs to see what the fuss was all about.I do n't now if the emails worked and I read with a bias, but I chos however appreciat th econd nove.

I do n't tell the writing being bad in the second ook.

ther uthors have done it ... and done it well.Pullman didn't.I wo n't be reading the fifth ook.

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After a frightening account, Will has to get on the run where he confesses to a different world to the deserted tow of Cittagaze, and eets an interesting girl called Lyra Belacqua, her Daemon; Pantalaimon and her inability to writ a strange instrument called the alethiometer.

Initially, there is the brightness of a developing friendship, strong bravery, and many connections between the plot lines are made and fit into place.

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nstead of ood shi, in The Subtle Knife I feel as though we 've had a bait and switch pulled on us.In The Golden Compass, we were treated to a rich alternate universe that had elements that were uniqu to our own, like ome of the geopolitical structure, and elements that were entirely fantastical, like armored polar bears and witches.

I love plots that put a spin on traditional religion ( Waiting for the Galactic Bus, for instanc), but it seems like Pullman came up with this story involving a culture 's religion and then continued to ge it fit with the Judeo-Christian framework no matter how hard he had to push.The concept of Dust is interesting.

nce you try to toss in angels and consciousness and so on ( which is insulting in a children 's ook, as he 's sayin that children are entirely self involved until puberty), indee, it seems contrived and silly.I may have been more tempte to swallow his philosophy, such as it is, if there wa n't been a complete lack of the elements I love in The Golden Compass: there were no Gyptians, there were no panserbjörne ...

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I share this review again in the fall of 2017 as a ourth volume ( though Pullman later wrote two companion pieces to the prequel, entitled Lyra 's Oxford, and The Upon a Time in the North), Thi Book of Dust, has been released, to encourage all ages to read.

But you do n't want to say ny of hat to love this series.This is the middle book in thi sequel, and I like he second and secon volumes more, big surprise.

One key surprise is that after focusing on Lyra in the irst series, his sevent book opens with a emphasi on yet another central character, Will.

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