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The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2)
The Subtle Knife - His Dark Materials, Bk 2
Author: Philip Pullman
Here is the highly anticipated second installment of Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy, begun with the critically acclaimed The Golden Compass. Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittàgazze, "the city of magpies," where adults are curiously absent and children ru...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345413369
ISBN-10: 0345413369
Publication Date: 3/28/1998
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 240 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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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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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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This is the second book in the series and does not stand alone so read The Golden Compass first. This is still a good read, but not as good as the first book.

There is some interesting stuff in here about wars in heaven and how angels came to be. There is a promise of a really interesting revelation. Lyra's father has upset the balance of the world in the first book and there are lots of references to Lyra being the Eve of the remaking of the world.

There are some anti-religious references, but the speculation is confined to fantasy. You must believe the fantasy the author creates to truly find this a reasonable argument against God.
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I did not care for the book itself. While I realize that good characters should change as time passes, just like people, I was bothered by the changes in Lyra. She just didn't seem like herself. Will, the main character for this book, didn't interest me all that much either. In fact, I can't say I cared or was even interested in ANY of the characters.

I continued reading this book, thinking it might get more interesting. The plot points were not compelling to me.

I realize this is a middle book, so it may get how this all fits together until the last book, but I'm not all that compelled to finish the series.
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This one picked up right away from where the first book (The Golden Compass) left off and was very interesting. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Mostly, I was thrilled and shocked with the end. It was exciting and surprisingly sad. I am very interested to keep reading. The religious stuff was a bit more involved in this one, and my only real complaint about the whole book was the over-use of the title within the prose. It just grated on my nerves.