Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in "The Golden Compass" and continued in "The Subtle Knife, " are in unspeakable danger. With help from the armored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a maagnificent 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 sacrifices.
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 Dar Materials to an astonishing conclusion.
This Yearling paperback edition contains 13 pages of bonus material: the found notes and letters of Mary Malone. It also features chapter-opening artwork by Philip Pullman.
A "New York Times" Bestseller
A "Newsweek" Top 100 Book of All Time
An "Entertainment Weekly" All-Time Greatest Novel
Winner of the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award.
Winner of the British Book Award (Children's)
"Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --"The Cincinnati Enquirer
"Breathtaking adventure . . . a terrific story, eloquently told." --"The Boston Globe
"War, politics, magic, science, individual lives and cosmic destinies are all here . . . shaped and assembled into a narrative of tremendous pace by a man with a generous, precise intelligence. I am completely enchanted." --"The New York Times Book Review
"Masterful. . . . This title confirms Pullman's inclusion in the company of C. S. Lewis and Tolkien." --"Smithsonian Magazine.
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.
“Absorbing . . Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays.”
“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.”
“IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN, SO FIRMLY AND RELENTLESSLY DOES PULLMAN DRAW YOU INTO HIS TALE . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell.”
“Breathtaking adventure . . . terrific story, eloquently told.”–The Boston Sunday Globe