Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3), The

Philip Pullman
Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So, too, come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will live--and who will die--for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that--in its shocking outcome--will uncover the secret of Dust.


Reviewed: 2019-05-08
This third book in the series provides an extremely literary end which probably leaves many fans in the cold. Pullman has to finally come to grips with the many allusions and his over-arching literary concerns which leaves the reader who loves the worlds and characters with little to anchor themselves. For those with a knowledge of Blake and Milton, this book is a fabulously dense and allusory experience, but those who love the magic of the series might be disappointed.
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