The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (Book 2 of His Dark Materials)

4 Stars

What’s the point? What’s the point of anything? Mainly – this review? First and foremost, you’re not going to have read this book if you haven’t read the first one. And you’re not going to read this one and not read the last one. So why even review a book that broke me? What can i say? The first book was fantastic – you can check out my review. And this book broadened the scope. It went from a little story about Lyra and her adventure to a something bigger. By including Will (from “our world”) the story broadened and intensified.
I felt like this book lacked a lot of the magic of the first. It was darker. Less light and fluffy. And there was no Iorek – he was a lot of the sparkle in the first book. Instead we get Will – who seems to have a depth that all of the other characters lack. He brings an intensity to the story.
80% of this book felt like slow story building. Things that we needed to know to link the first book to the third. It wasn’t boring, but it wasn’t the adventure from book 1. The last 20% was pure heartbreak. And to say that everything falls apart is an understatement. I was in tears of anger and sadness when i closed the book. Cliffy from Hell.
Oh well. Onward and upward. I have hope that book 3 will revise my feelings about book 2. Fingers crossed.

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