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The pace of the book is compelling, the writing powerful. Pullman's plotting is intricate and cunning, surprising the reader again and again. Perhaps what is most striking of all, however, is the depth of the characterisation. Lord Asriel, Mrs Coulter, Iorek Byrnison the king of the armoured bears, a host of minor characters, most of all Will and Lyra themselves: the book is a library of beautifully drawn, remarkably convincing characters walking in worlds of marvels.
In this volume the cosmic dimensions of the story become more prominent, as a great conflict across many universes comes to a head--how well the narrative sustains such immensely weighty resonances is a question critics may well disagree on. The author's beliefs also come more into the open, and with them a polemic anti-religious theme that will please some readers and alienate others.
Philip Pullman's writing commands immense respect; more than that, it is raising the profile of the best children's books among adults, as demanding critics of all ages fall in love with this remarkable trilogy. --David Pickering --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A refreshingly scientific perspective on original sin, Pullman destroys stereotypes and irritates Catholics and Creationists. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by E Davenport
Great book, I never read anything in this genre but this book my first in this category was absorbing and thrilling.Published 5 days ago by Livia Papp
A super finale to a brilliant fantasy trilogy. What more can I say? Consistently better than Harry Potter. More interesting than Thomas Covenant. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mr Gordon Davidson
Excellent book. Intricately and flawlessly weaves together a number of conceptsPublished 21 days ago by Shoten D.
I continued with this third volume in the same week as starting and finishing the first two books. I don't like fantasy - at all - but felt I ought to give such a lauded author a... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Chris Worth
Well I've read it a few times over the years, but each time there is something new to explore, from the religious ideas and good v evil. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Viffer