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The Subtle Knife is the second of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, a truly epic adventure embracing religion, science and classic adventure. The series is very much one story broken into three books, rather than a set of interlinked, but essentially stand-alone stories, such as ... Read review

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Worlds Apart

AdvantagesContinues the stunning story, creates strong new characters & expands existing ones

DisadvantagesSlows in the second half; no real start or finish

"...the second of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, a truly epic adventure embracing religion, science and classic adventure. The series is very much one story broken into three books, rather than a set of interlinked, but essentially stand-alone stories, such as those of Narnia, or to a lesser extent, Harry Potter; as such, you'd really want to read Northern Lights before moving on to this or the third book, The Amber Spyglass. My review of ..." Read review
02.06.2005

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A not so Subtle improvement

AdvantagesGreat characters, story, still a third part to go!

DisadvantagesNone

"...of my review of the His Dark Materials Trilogy. This review is of the second book, which is called the Subtle Knife. As those who have read my first review will already be aware, the other two books in the trilogy are called Northern Lights and the Amber Spyglass. The books were written by Philip Pullman and the series itself came third in the BBC’s Big Read. I bought this book basically because I just had to know what happened after the first one! ..." Read review
25.08.2004

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Community Level 8Collingwoo...

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A Cut Above The Rest

AdvantagesOriginal and imaginative, Intelligently written, Suitable for children and adults

DisadvantagesYou need to have read Northern Lights first

"...been put off trying the His Dark Materials series (of which this is the second instalment) because it has been unfairly labelled as children's fiction; let me assure you that this is a story that works on many levels and is just as good for adults as it is for children. It is the best fantasy adventure I have read since the Chronicles of Narnia (and that, for me, is saying a lot). So, how do I begin? Well, the opening seems like a good place... "Will ..." Read review
28.03.2003

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Community Level 4alish

alish

...and in several other worlds...

AdvantagesThis book will question your beliefs.

DisadvantagesYou thought Gobblers were bad, wait till you experience the Spectres.

"...not such an endearing character. His background becomes clearer throughout the book, and it is a painful one, but this is not enough to make me really feel for him. Some of the characters from “Lights” we meet again, Lee Scoresby, the witches, Mrs. Coultard. Some get a mention, but the action doesn’t move to include them, Lord Asriel, the Iorek Brynson. It is apparent that some will come into play again in the final book, “The Amber Spyglass”. ..." Read review
03.02.2003

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mikeydred

Here There Everywhere and Back Again

AdvantagesSuperb story brilliantly told

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" I heard over the weekend that Philip Pullman’s “The Amber Spyglass” (The concluding part of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy, of which this is book two) did not make the Booker shortlist. A snooty Waterstones sales person was heard to remark “Well it is ONLY a children’s book”. Whilst the main protagonists of this series may be children this is definitely a series for all ages. This carries on from the first book where Lyra a twelve year old girl ..." Read review
01.10.2001

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Type Fiction
Genre Children's
Title His Dark Materials II: The Subtle Knife
Author Philip Pullman
ISBN 0679879250
EAN 9780679879251

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