Book Review: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman


Title: The Amber Spyglass

By: Philip Pullman

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 465

Release Date: September 9th, 2003

Publisher: Laurel Leaf

Rating: ★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Will is the bearer of the knife. Now, accompanied by angels, his task is to deliver that powerful, dangerous weapon to Lord Asriel - by the command of his dying father.

But how can he go looking for Lord Asriel when Lyra is gone? Only with her help can he fathom the myriad plots and intrigues that beset him.

The two great powers of the many worlds are lining up for war, and Will must find Lyra, for together they are on their way to battle, an inevitable journey that will even take them to the world of the dead...


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I have many conflicting thoughts about this book. I want to love it. This series has been a staple in my reading journey and I've fallen in love with Lyra and Will, but this story was confusing and rushed. It didn't make sense in the vast scheme of things and my hate for Lord Asriel wasn't diminished by his change of heart in the end. I still think he is an absolute ass.

Where the story took a weird turn for me was when Lyra and Will went to the afterlife. I don't understand what the purpose of this was other than to break free and come back to the world of the living. After this, everything fell off the bandwagon. Characters seemed pointless and the story seemed to have taken a turnabout, moving backwards on its self.

In the end, my emotions were raw as Pullman separated our two young lovers, closing the rip between their worlds for good. I'm torn with this ending. Although it was touching and heart wrenching, the lead up to this ending was a huge let down and none of it made sense.

Disappointed, yes. Do I wish I never read this book, no.

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