by Philip Pullman. (Knopf, 2000. ISBN 0375846735 . Order Info.) Novel. 544 pages. Grades 5-12.
This book completes Pullman's His Dark Materials Series with sweeping implications. The most poignant of the three it also simply demands that we talk with others about what we've read and what it might mean. A great philosophical and theological discussion starter.
His Dark Materials started with The Golden Compass and continued with The Subtle Knife. Now, we find Lyra and Will escaping from the clutches of Mrs. Coulter, a fascinating and unpredictable character with the help of the subtle knife which is broken in the process. Will and Lyra search through the land of the dead to try to find Roger, whom Lyra still feels really awful about betraying.
On returning from the land of the dead Lyra and Will join the battle with Heaven with the help of bears, ghosts, witches and the other worldly chevaliers. This sweeping conclusion to the trilogy has all the narrative power of the other two books and will not fail to satisfy.
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