World Fantasy Award nominee 2001.
The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of The Golden Compass and The
Subtle Knife to a heart-stopping end, marking the final volume of His
Dark Materials as the most powerful of the trilogy.
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.
Philip Pullman deftly brings the cliff-hangers and mysteries of His Dark Materials to an earthshattering conclusion – and confirms his fantasy trilogy as an undoubted and enduring classic.
Philip Pullman (born 1946) is an English writer. He is the best-selling author of His Dark Materials, a trilogy of fantasy novels, and a number of other books.
Pullman was born in Norwich. The family travelled with his RAF pilot father's job, including to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he spent time at school. His father was killed in a plane crash in 1953 when Pullman was seven. His mother remarried and with a move to Australia came Pullman's discovery of comic books including Superman and Batman. From 1957 he was educated at Ysgol Ardudwy school in Wales and spent time in Norfolk with his grandfather, a clergyman. Around this time Pullman discovered John Milton's Paradise Lost, which would ... (more)
Written by sahara (2013-04-04)
I was very disappointed with The Amber Spyglass. I really enjoyed the series until I read this book. Without giving too much away, major characters completely turn away from their true nature. The plot falls apart in certain aspects. The series had a lot of potential, but the last installment did not live up to my expectations.