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The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3 | [Philip Pullman]

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.
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Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, with troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, a battle of strange allies and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living, and the dead, finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story. The Amber Spyglass reveals that story, bringing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials to an astonishing conclusion.

Listen to the rest of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series.

©2000 Philip Pullman; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...Like Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays." (Newsweek)
"A literary masterpiece...[that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings and puts Harry Potter to shame...A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish." (Oregonian)
"As the rich tale unfolds, Pullman's voice, elegant with a hint of both whisper and rasp, thoroughly enthralls, sounding by turns forceful and tender. The talented, extensive cast gives a dynamic, nearly flawless performance." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kory San Antonio, TX, USA 01-04-08
    Kory San Antonio, TX, USA 01-04-08 Member Since 2012
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    "The worst of the three"

    I finished it in hopes that it would improve...it did not.

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    Robie 05-13-04
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    "Superb story - superb reading"

    The final book of the Dark Material trilogy is the best of the three. I like the quotes in front of each chapter. This book does for fantasy what DaVinci Code did for it's genre.

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    Dorian 02-07-10
    Dorian 02-07-10
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    "Disappointed"

    Mr. Pullman's atheist views are clearly evident in this novel. There is a theme of disappointment and hopelessness complete with a disappointing ending to the entire story. I don't care for this novel at all. If you enjoyed the Golden Compass, I suggest you stop while you're ahead.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Baldwin City, KS, USA 03-24-09
    Rick Baldwin City, KS, USA 03-24-09
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    "His agenda ruined this book"

    It is too bad that the author had to inject his hatred for Christianity into his writing. He is very talented but this book was just over the edge.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
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