Book Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman


Title: The Subtle Knife  

By: Philip Pullman

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 370

Release Date: July 22nd, 1997

Publisher: RHCP Digital

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

She had asked: What is he? A friend or an enemy?

The alethiometer answered: He is a murderer.

When she saw the answer, she relaxed at once.

Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – CittĂ gazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.

But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power.

And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat – and the shattering truth of their own destiny.


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Although this story didn't catch my imagination like the previous book, the story was still intriguing. We follow Lyra and her new companion as they navigate through a new world, learning how to rely on each other, and trust each other.

The new enemy with the Specters are terrifying and they really bring the story to life with suspense and fear. The children in the story, I loved to hate. They were terrible little things that gave Lyra and Will a run for their money.

This was a wonderful read and I can't wait to dive into the next book.

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