Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials 3), The

Philip Pullman
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.


Reviewed: 2021-07-05
Hugely disappointing ending to the series. No real emotion about any of the secondary characters. Far too many introduced within the context of the last story. Religion motifs become wholly overbearing. Too many villains. Was the battle the battle? Too many smaller climaxes, never felt that there was a single one that amounted to much. The "climax" is seen mostly from the perspective of Coulter/Asriel, Mrs. Coulter's redemption seems forced, metatron is a ridiculous name, etc, etc.
Reviewed: 2020-11-29
This review contains my reflections of the trilogy.

At last, I found you, an alternative adventure book to theopathetic Narnia, with wise and beautiful witches, female scientists and horrifying mothers.

I enjoyed travelling with Lyra, although sometimes it was a challenge for my suspension of disbelief.
How on earth 11-12 years old children come to understand the finiteness of feelings, even love?! Gives me shivers reading how Lyra makes notion, that somewhere in the future she and Will can possibly stop loving each other and find someone else. I've never met anyone so conscious in their 12 years.
I have mixed feelings about Will, because his story appearance chickified Lyra, but mild Lyra didn't make Will a main character -- what a waste of storytime and a good character.
Reviewed: 2020-07-29
Reviewed: 2016-12-28

Great series. Lots of fun, easy to read.

Reviewed: 2014-01-01

A slow start without any thread to remind me where the action had left off the previous book put me off for a while. I pushed through and eventually got into it. Sort of disappointed that the great confrontation I was expecting Lyra to have to face never manifested -- I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't all sorts of other characters throwing themselves in front of the children to take out their obstacles.

things that still bother me, or at least make me ponder:
* why Lyra? What marks her as special?
* Why is the trilogy called His Dark Materials? Whose?

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