After loving The Golden Compass so much, I couldn't wait to read the second book. I devoured it pretty quickly and found that while I did like the story, I wasn't as in love with it as I had been with Lyra's first adventure.
Let me break it down a bit. The world building was amazing. Will was a cool character—I really liked him. Lyra... started to get annoying. I loved the tweaked Original Sin story in the other Dust world, but the increasing religious overtones kind of spoiled my reading experience. I loved The Golden Compass because it was a fantasy adventure with a spunky girl and daemons. I hadn't known that it was a religious allegory, even though people told me it was. It was more clear here, and I think that's why it lost some of its appeal. That, combined with a slower, less urgent plotline made me feel that the story was dragging much more than the first one.
Despite all that, the plot was exciting—how could it not be with a knife that can cut through space to open doors to other worlds?—and I still want to read the third and final book in the trilogy.
About the Book
Title: The Subtle Knife
Series: His Dark Materials, 2
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 22, 1997
Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will—a boy on the run, a murderer—a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels.
Each is searching—Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father—but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, and their destinies are bound together... until they are split apart.
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