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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2 by [Pullman, Philip]
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The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2 Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 317 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in His Dark Materials (3 Book Series)

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At the end of The Northern Lights, Lyra Silvertongue watched in fear and fascination as her father, Lord Asriel, created a bridge between worlds. Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon are now lost in an alternate universe where they meet Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe. Will has found a small window between Cittagazze--where children roam unchecked, but invisible Specters suck the spirit out of adults--and his Oxford, which, with its Burger Kings and cars, is frighteningly different from the Oxford Lyra knows. Will's father, an explorer, disappeared years ago, but some odd characters have started asking questions about him. Will has managed to accidentally kill one of them and is wanted by the police. Armed with the Subtle Knife, a tool that cuts any material (including that which separates universes) and Lyra's alethiometer, the children set out to find John Parry, with adults of various stripes in desperate pursuit.

Lyra's finest qualities are her courage and her quick mind. She finds she must use them constantly--not to put too fine a point on it, she must lie and steal to keep herself and Will out of danger. However, she must also know when to tell the truth and when to trust. She does not yet know--though her friends the witches do, and so does the reader--what a huge part she will have in the upcoming battle between Good and Evil. (Age 9 and over) - -Amazon.com

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" More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
" The intricacy of the plot is staggering...There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating." --The Horn Book (starred review)
" The character development as well as the relentless pace...make this a resoundingly successful sequel...it will leave readers desperate for the next installment." --Booklist (starred review)

& quot; More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall.& quot; --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

& quot; The intricacy of the plot is staggering...There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating.& quot; --The Horn Book (starred review)

& quot; The character development as well as the relentless pace...make this a resoundingly successful sequel...it will leave readers desperate for the next installment.& quot; --Booklist (starred review)

-More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
-The intricacy of the plot is staggering...There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating.---The Horn Book (starred review)
-The character development as well as the relentless pace...make this a resoundingly successful sequel...it will leave readers desperate for the next installment.---Booklist (starred review)

"More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The intricacy of the plot is staggering...There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating."--The Horn Book (starred review)

"The character development as well as the relentless pace...make this a resoundingly successful sequel...it will leave readers desperate for the next installment."--Booklist (starred review)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15395 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (5 Mar. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00SSJYF8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 317 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Subtle Knife was one of my favourite books as a teen (although I haven't read it in well over a decade) and it still largely stands the test of time. For a children's novel, it is hugely ambitious. It raises some deep theological concepts, ranging from the nature of innocence to the problems of organised religion to the perception of reality. It should possibly be noted that, despite the accessible way in which this novel is written, a lot of the subtext is likely to go whizzing over the head of younger readers.

The story has escalated rapidly from Northern Lights, as Lyra unknowingly finds herself sandwiched between two factions - the Magisterium in their crusade against Dust, and Lord Asriel who has now set his sights on destroying the being that they worship (known as the Authority). The result is deeply original, yet still felt as though it was lacking something fundamental. I think the main problem is that Pullman's ideas are far too grand for this novel. The Subtle Knife is a bit of a smorgasbord - it contains a bit of everything but its scope is so broad that it lacks finer detail. We see glimpses of the bigger picture - of Lord Asriel's fortress and Mrs Coulter's ever growing greed - but there isn't enough room in the novel to really focus on any aspect.

In this, The Subtle Knife is a bit of a middle-novel. It really exists to move the key characters into the places that they need to be for The Amber Spyglass. It's not a bad novel by any means - in fact, I think it's better paced than Northern Lights - however, the perspective does jump around a lot between important parties. It's not just Lyra's story anymore.
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Great story. Would have preferred unabridged though.
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The golden compass story a must for fans
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Wonderful, but buy it used! Retailers are marking it up by over 500%. Beware, it should retail at under £40.
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Love the book
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Great read.
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good, thanks
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