The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials
- Number of Pages: 480
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
In the astonishing finale towards the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, employing a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies— and shocking sacrifice. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living— in addition to the dead— finally comes to rely on two children at the identical time because the easy truth of a single easy story. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit globe exactly where no living soul has ever gone.
From the very start of its extremely first scene, The Amber Spyglass will set hearts fluttering and minds racing. Within a brief time, too, we get to experience the"tingle of the starlight"on Serafina Pekkala's skin as she seeks out a famished Iorek Byrnison and enlists him in Lord Asriel's crusade: All we'll say right here is the reality that we instantly discover who captured Lyra at the end of The Subtle Knife, though we've yet to discern whether or not this individual's intent is good, evil, or somewhere in in between. We also learn that Will still possesses the blade that enables him to cut between worlds, and has been joined by two winged companions who are determined to escort him to Lord Asriel's mountain redoubt. The boy, however, has only one particular goal in mind--to rescue his friend and return to her the alethiometer, an instrument which has revealed so much to her and to readers of The Golden Compass and its follow-up.
A complex web of thoughts was weaving itself within the bear king's mind, with more strands in it than hunger and satisfaction. For these tyrants, killing this girl is no much less than"a sacred activity. Then there was the agitation amongst the witches, the rumors of pacts and alliances and war; and following that there was the surpassingly strange reality of this new planet itself, and the witch's insistence that there had been several much more such worlds, and that the fate of them all hung somehow on the fate of the kid. One is even prepared to give a priest"preemptive absolution"should he succeed in committing mortal sin. Meanwhile, two factions of the Church are vying to reach Lyra 1st. There was the memory from the little girl Lyra, whom he had named Silvertongue, and whom he had last seen crossing the fragile snow bridge across a crevasse in his personal island of Svalbard."
In the final installment of his trilogy, Philip Pullman has set himself the highest hurdles. Alas, they are on the verge of dying as Dust streams out of their idyllic landscape. In prose that is transparent but lyrical and 3-D, the author weaves in and out of his principals' thoughts. The great news is that there is no critical bad news--not that The Amber Spyglass doesn't contain standoffs and close calls galore. These strange creatures can, however, be incredibly fast on their feet (or on other things completely) when necessary. He also gives up several further worlds. And while Mary is puzzling out a cure, Will and Lyra undertake a pilgrimage to a realm devoid of all light and hope, following getting been forced in to the cruelest of sacrifices--or betrayals. He need to match its predecessors in terms of sheer action and originality and resolve the enigmas he currently created. The environment with the mulefa (again, we'll reveal nothing at all much more) makes them rich in consciousness while their lives possess a slow and stately rhythm. Will the Oxford dark-matter researcher see her approach to saving them, or does this require our young heroes? In one, Dr. Mary Malone is welcomed into an apparently basic society. (Who would have it otherwise?) But Pullman brings his audacious revision of Paradise Lost to a conclusion that is both serene and devastating.
Throughout his galvanizing epic, Pullman sustains scenes of fierce beauty and tenderness. At one certain point, for instance, Lyra's mother bullies a series of ecclesiastical underlings:"The man bowed helplessly and led her away. And can it be that we will come to admire her as she plays out her desperate endgame? He also allows us a moment or two of comic respite. The guard behind her blew out his cheeks with relief. --Kerry Fried In this respect, as in many others, The Amber Spyglass is truly a book of revelations, moving from darkness visible to radiant truth."Needless to say, Mrs. Coulter is as intoxicating and fluid as ever.
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