The Subtle Knife

(His Dark Materials)

326 pages

English language

Published Sept. 11, 1997 by Knopf, Distributed by Random House.

ISBN:
9780679879251

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4 stars (42 reviews)

As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.

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Review of 'Subtle Knife' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I'm not entirely sure of what I thought of this novel.

I find the second book of a trilogy often suffers from a 'mid-book problem' in which much time is taken up getting from the end of the first book to the final action in the final book. Pullman gets around this by introducing a new major character and taking the story in (what feels like) a substantially different direction.

Things do start to come together towards the end of the book, but I don't think I will really know how I felt about The Subtle Knife until I've read The Amber Spyglass.

Review of 'The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book 2)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I pointed out in my review of [b:The Golden Compass|119322|The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)|Philip Pullman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1290482272s/119322.jpg|1536771] that the Dark Materials trilogy to me isn't really three books but one book split in three. At first this book seems like a real left hand turn. Will Parry takes centre stage, and he's just as complicated a character as Lyra, but living in what seems to be modern day London. Like Lyra, he seems to be a good person who does bad things for good reasons - with some interesting complete contrasts. For instance, Lyra saves a life early on in book one, Will takes one. I wonder about the chronology here - I see elements of so many other novels in this one. There's shades of [b:Lord of the Flies|7624|Lord of the Flies|William Golding|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165637417s/7624.jpg|2766512] , and the Thomas Covenant series for instance. Who begat who?

This book is shorter, and …

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