Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

Amber Spyglass #3 His Dark MaterialsAmber Spyglass #3 His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

3. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 518
Acquired: 2/27/2010
Book of Your Shelf? Yes
Why I have it: Third (final) of a series
Series: His Dark Materials #3

Lyra and Will are back and still trying to find a way to Lyra's father, Lord Asriel. Lord Asriel's war is fully underway, but the final and decisive battle is still to come. Lyra and Will meet Mary Malone, a friend made in Will's earth, in yet another version of the world. (The jumping around sounds much more confusing that it actually is in the book.) Mary must help them find a way to understand dust and save all the worlds in existence.

Lyra is a character I will always love. She is so realistic to me it's frightening. Will is a bit to steadfast for my taste...almost too stubborn and to be real at times.

I hate to say too much about the plot and ruin it for people who have not yet read the first two. This was a fantastic end to a series. I was sad to see it stop, but completely happy about the way it did. Not all the strings were tied off nice and neat, but that's life, messy. All the plot lines were wrapped up in a way that allowed the characters to have resolution and a continuing purpose beyond the end of the story.

The twists and turns were numerous, but all made sense as they occurred. They were also spaced out in a way that made the story seem more real and believable.


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