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The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2)
The Subtle Knife - His Dark Materials, Bk 2
Author: Philip Pullman
Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will -- a boy on the run, a murderer -- a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels. — Each is searching -- Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father -- but what they find instead is a deadly sec...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780440418337
ISBN-10: 044041833X
Publication Date: 5/2001
Pages: 326
Reading Level: Young Adult
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 131 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2) on + 183 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
"The Subtle Knife" is the second book in "The Dark Materials" trilogy. This book introduces a whole new story line to the story: that of young Will Parry, a boy from "our world" in Oxford. Will decides to undertake a mission to discover the fate of his father, the Arctic explorer John Parry. Will meets the young girl Lyra Silvertongue, protagonist of "The Golden Compass" and together they undertake the search for Will's father.

This book is even more magical than the first book in the trilogy.
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Helpful Score: 3
The story in this book is the second of the Dark Materials trilogy and should not be read before reading the first book. That being said, I loved this trilogy and feel that it surpasses even Harry Potter (another series that I love). The book is written for young adults, but I've known several older adults who've read the book and enjoyed it tremendously.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is listed as a young adult but I have read the trilogy twice now as an adult and throughly enjoyed it. The Subtle Knife is the best of the trilogy. Read it the first time when my daughter was in elementary school and reread the series after seeing the Golden Compass. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and reading just one more chapter before you go to bed.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the British edition. Great series!!!!
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This is the sequel to the Golden Compass. My son who is 12 years old, and a strong reader, thoroughly enjoyed and recommends it to other tweeners.
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reviewed The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2) on + 44 more book reviews
This book is the second of the dark material series. Lyra and Will are introduced to other worlds in different dimensions as they search for Will's lost father. Along the way, they obtain the subtle knife, which can slice through any form of matter. Their journey is hastened and interrupted by the magisterium and others seeking to kill them.

This series is controversial because Lyra and Will are supposed to be Eve and Adam, complete with committing the original sin. According to Pullman, God isn't the ultimate creator. He is a lying angel on a power trip, who just happened to be the first one created from Dust. The children are supposed to kill God, but the moment is rather anti-climactic.

I would recommend this book to anybody who is seeking spiritual enlightenment. Read it as a work of fiction, not a religious text and it is an enjoyable, well written story that makes you think.
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Excellent book. You can't help but fall in love with the characters. This is the second book in the trilogy.
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This book takes you farther on the adventures of the young heroine- into different worlds-excellent

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