The Subtle Knife, by Phillip Pullman (Review)

“Every advance in human life, every scrap of knowledge and wisdom and decency we have has been torn by one side from the teeth of the other.”

Rating: 3 stars

I didn’t like Subtle Knife as much as I loved Northern Lights, but on the flipside I also didn’t hate it half as much as I did the first time that I read it. I’ve settled in a sort of middle ground where I like it a lot more than I did once, partly I think because I’m older and I can grasp the more complex themes of the book a little more clearly, but I still much, much prefer the first novel. At the beginning of Subtle Knife, Pullman says that it’s set in our world, and to some extent I think that’s why I always find it disappointing. I know lots about our world, I find our world to often be boring (that’s why I read fantasy, after all) so to go from Lyra’s world with a rich tapestry of daemons and magic and talking bears to our plain-ass regular world is kind of a bummer. 

But it is a good book, the characters are still beautifully developed and Pullman does create an interesting and authentic feeling multiverse idea, which is not always easy to pull off, and I will definitely finish out the trilogy as I don’t really remember much at all of Amber Spyglass.

Note: This review was copied verbatim from my Goodreads account dated June 9th 2019.

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