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The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials) Paperback – 3 Oct 2013

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407139770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407139777
  • Product Dimensions: 40.4 x 3.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews)
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Philip Pullman brings The Amber Spyglass to the spellbinding "His Dark Materials" sequence, which dazzles everyone who reads it, children and adults alike. After the original Northern Lights, he kept up the quality in The Subtle Knife, the second title in the trilogy. Now he brings the series to an extraordinary conclusion. Will and Lyra, the two children at the heart of the books, have become separated amidst great dangers. Can they find each other, and their friends? Then complete their mysterious quest before it's too late? The great rebellion against the dark powers that hold Lyra's world, and many others, in thrall is nearing its climax. She and Will have crucial parts to play, but they don't know what it is that they must do, and terrible powers are hunting them down.

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.

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" Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century." -- "The Cincinnati Enquirer"
" Absorbing. . . . Like "Harry Potter" creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays." -- "Newsweek
"" A literary masterpiece . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since "The Lord of the Rings" and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish." -- "Oregonian"
" Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale. . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell." "-- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. The Cincinnati Enquirer
Absorbing. . . . Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays. Newsweek
A literary masterpiece . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish. Oregonian
Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale. . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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-Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century.---The Cincinnati Enquirer
-Absorbing. . . . Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays.---Newsweek
-A literary masterpiece . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish.---Oregonian
-Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale. . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell.---Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century."--The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Absorbing. . . . Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays."--Newsweek

"A literary masterpiece . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish."--Oregonian

"Impossible to put down, so firmly and relentlessly does Pullman draw you into his tale. . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Listened to these in the car was gutted they never made more than one film these fill in all the gaps
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“The Amber Spyglass” is the last book of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy and, in my opinion, it is the best of them all. Unlike many bad reviews, I actually liked “The Golden Compass” movie that depicts the story of the first book in the trilogy and that was what incited me to read this series. After that, I cannot express fully how disappointed I was with the movie. This series is so much more than evil Mrs. Coulter trying to separate children from their daemons… These books criticise church and the way they spread their influence (probably because Pullman is an atheist), but they also teach the importance of friendship, of telling the truth and the need to be selfless. The relationship between Lyra and Will absolutely sweep me of my feet and the way they parted hurt me so much (nearly as if I was one of the characters) that I simply couldn’t stop crying; I’ve read the book one year ago and every time I think of that ending I still feel shivers and my eyes grow watery! However, I understand that there could be no other ending as Will and Lyra decided to put the wellbeing of the rest of mankind in front of their own wellbeing, something I find truly beautiful and a lesson worth learning.

“He meant the kingdom was over, the kingdom of heaven was all finished. We shouldn’t live as if it mattered more than this life in this world, because where we are is always the most important place.”

I believe this quote sums up what this trilogy is all about, that we should not live with our eyes set in heaven above, but in the people around us, in the world that we live in. I now understand why the movie failed: it was hollow, it lacked all these important moral lessons, they saw it as a children’s book, but “His Dark Materials” goes way beyond that. I absolutely recommend this series, especially to teenagers, as it is a fun read, with animals and magic (a true fantasy book), that still has a lot to teach and can help us find our role in this world.
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This is an amazing edition of the book. The three books that make up the trilogy are compiled into one big book with a beautifully illustrated cover. It is a hard back book and is brand new. I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read at home because it is rather big to carry around in your school bag all day
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Brilliant finale to a fantastic trilogy of books. Imaginative, thought provoking and very entertaining!
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This is a great collection book. It's heavy and big, the font a bit too small and the pages very thin. I really love it.
The stories are originals from a great writer. He is able to change a few details of our world and make it exquisite. I love books where the main characters are children coming of age through quests and complicate ordeals. I got this extra copy because it has the three books in just one volume.
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Simply one of the most fabulous books, from a fabulous trilogy, I have ever read. I bought this kindle version of the book so that my girlfriend could read it simultaneously with me, reading my paper-print version. It's a rare and remarkable accomplishment to write a book (let alone three!) which is equally engaging for children/young adults and grown-ups. To be able to include themes derived from Milton, Blake, quantum physics, humanism and theology, and weave them all together into a world(s)-filling narrative for readers of all ages, is astounding. 5 stars (can I give more?!) a thousand times over!
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I had watched the movie The Golden Compass which was apparently based on the 1st book in His Dark Materials "Northern Lights" & wanted to find out what happens to Lyra.
The book is so much more detailed than the movie (obviously) & (some of the changes are appalling to be honest)
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Such a clever book. Intriguing fantasy for a child, but with so many underlying, thought provoking, elements for the adult.
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