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 is the acclaimed author of the internationally renowned His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, winner of the Carnegie Medal (England); The Subtle Knife, winner of a Parents Choice Gold Book Award; The Amber Spyglass, the first children s book to win the overall Whitbread Award (England); and Lyra s Oxford. His other books for children and young adults include The Scarecrow and His Servant, Spring-Heeled Jack, Count Karlstein, and a trilogy of Victorian thrillers featuring Sally Lockhart: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, and The Tiger in the Well. A graduate of Oxford University with a degree in English, Philip Pullman lives 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