Review: The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) by Philip Pullman
Author: Philip Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials #3
Publisher: Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Publication Date: January 1, 1999
Age Group/Genre: Middle Grade/Fantasy
In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.
As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story. (Book cover and synopsis from Goodreads)
NOT a Simple Story…
Yeah, so I’d like to disagree with that last sentence in the synopsis above–this is NOT a simple story. In fact, I’m still not sure I understood it all. Granted, it did take me a long time to finish this last book, and I also read a few other books while reading it, so that could definitely be why I might not understand it as well as if I had read them all back to back in a shorter period of time.
I did enjoy the story, but not as much as the second book in the series, The Subtle Knife. I think the story all came together and had a nice conclusion, although I don’t think I was as invested in the story as I should have been. And I was happy that there were finally major things happening in this book, but they didn’t seem as dire as I would have liked. Once again, it might be because I read other things at the same time, or because I took a lot of time reading the series.
I’m stealing this “WTH Moments” from Steph at The Fake Steph Dot Com–just temporarily–because there were several of those moments for me in The Amber Spyglass. First of all, Iorek–I love you. Why you gotta do gross stuff like eat your dead friend? That’s messed up. Also, does Preemptive Penance actually exist? Because that is seriously crazy shiz. Also, at one point, Pullman uses the word “Lyratic” to describe something that Lyra does. I don’t even know what to say about that…
Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Amber Spyglass:
My review of The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
My review of The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman
This book was read and reviewed as part of the His Dark Materials Readalong, hosted by myself and Jessie from The Daily Bookmark.