Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted underworld--CittAgazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-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 discover an object of devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat--and the shattering truth of their own destiny.
An "Entertainment Weekly" All-Time Greatest Novel
A "Newsweek "Top 100 Book of All Time
A #1 "New York Times" Bestseller
"Pullman's imagination soars . . . A literary rollercoaster ride you won't want to miss."--"The Boston Globe"
"Just as quick-moving and unputdownable as "The Golden Compass." . . . The mysteries deepen and the wonders grow even more extravagant." --"The Washington Post Book World"
"The story gallops with ferocious momentum and] Pullman is devilishly inventive." --"The New York Times Book Review"
""The Subtle Knife" is as absorbing and irresistible as "The Golden Compass"--and even more so, as powerful new forces are set in motion. A brilliantly conceived work." --Lloyd Alexander, author of the Prydain Chronicles, Newbery Medalist for "The High King"
"The intricacy of the plot is staggering. . . .There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating."--"The Horn Book" "Magazine," Starred
"Presented in a rush of sensuous detail that moves and entrances . . . this is] vintage Pullman: gorgeous imagery, pulse-pounding action, and the baiting of readers' affections." --"Kirkus Reviews, " Starred.
About the Author
Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages. . The Amber Spyglass, the trilogy s astonishing finale, was the first children s book in history to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. It was also nominated for the Booker Prize. When he is not writing books, Pullman enjoys drawing, woodworking, and playing the piano. He lives with his family in Oxford, England.
“More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred
“The intricacy of the plot is staggering. . . .There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating.”—The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
“The character development as well as the relentless pace . . . make this a resoundingly successful sequel . . . it will leave readers desperate for the next installment.”—Booklist, Starred
“A literary rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss.”—The Boston Globe