Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

This book never fails to break my heart. And this fourth read of mine was simply perfection. Thrilled to finally be reading these books again. They mean so much to me. And they are so good. The characters are all amazing to read about, and the writing is the best. I love this world oh so much. The most stunning thing.

I'm not going to talk too much about why I love this second book so much. Only mentioning a few things. First, I'm so in love with learning more about Lyra and her story. She is still so fierce and brave and loving too. She makes bad choices at times, but she's also very smart and I love her to pieces. Her dæmon, Pan, too.

This book is also told from a few more point of views. And while I would rather have had Lyra and Will at all times, I didn't mind the extra point of views at all. Because they add so much more to the story and I love that so much. There is more of the witch, Serafina, And more of a new character, Mary Malone. Whom I adore and will adore even more in book three. But the biggest reason for why I love this book, of course, is Will. He is twelve years old, and he is not from the same world as Lyra. Getting to know this boy is the very best thing. And also the most heartbreaking. He has taken care of his mother for the past five years, all on his own. He is the bravest and most loving person. It breaks my heart how he doesn't have anyone taking care of him.

Will deserves the world. As does Lyra. And reading about them meeting in this book, and getting to know each other, and becoming friends was the very best thing. But also the most heartbreaking, because I do know what's coming in the next book, and I'm not sure I can handle it. Gosh. It will be the worst. Yet first it will be the best thing. But still. My heart will break all over again. And I simply cannot wait. And then The Book of Dust after that, eee. Just wish the second one was out already too. Need that one the very most.

So much happens in this book. I'm not going to mention much of it. Just that it is all exciting and horrifying and so well written. Lyra has stepped into a new world. A world that seems to be without adults. Children are running around alone. The adults have all been attacked by something horrible. And reading about all of that was so exciting yet the most awful thing too, because it was all so sad. There are also a lot of bad people in this book too. A little of Lyra's mother, whom I still do not like at all. Hmph. Other awful ones too.

There are a lot of different witches in this book too. Some that I liked, and some that I didn't really like at all. We learn so much about Will, the new boy. Whom is the very best character. I love him the very most. Sigh. His father has been missing since before Will was one years old. He's looking for him. And oh, that whole story line was just heartbreaking. Aw. There is also a lot about Lee, and that was so heartbreaking too. I loved that man. Aw. Simply put, this book is filled with amazing and sad things. I loved every part.

There is so much I love about The Subtle Knife. It's all kinds of perfect. And I'm not able to share all of my love for it at all. Just know that it's so good. And I loved reading about Will and Lyra and everything in this new world they found. I only feel sad that this book was so short. Just over three hundred pages. I never want this story and world to end. Sniffs. But even so, this book was still perfect, even on this fourth read of mine. These books are very much worth reading. So do that, if you haven't already. They are the best.

1 comment:

  1. I need to read this series. I have heard such wonderful things about the author- but haven't read one of his books yet. Need to change that! :) So glad to hear you loved this one so much.


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