‘The Subtle Knife’ by Philip Pullman

New and stranded in a rainy new world – something most people call ‘Bristol’ – I immediately felt the urge to reach back to the worm embrace of my childhood…

Or maybe it was because I just finished reading Joyce Carol Oates exploration of a psychopath’s mind (it’s Zombie, but I’m not sure I want to write a post about it…) – naturally I did.

Whatever reason it might have been, Philip Pullman was there to catch me with ‘The Subtle Knife’. Which doesn’t sound thrilling until we say that I’m talking about the second book of his trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’.

So, where were we?

Lyra Silvertongue was just about to cross the bridge in the sky to walk into a different world.

In ‘The Subtle Knife’ you soon realize that her father used the most spectacular (and devastating) way to open the passage, considering there are windows opened between the worlds pretty much anywhere.

No big deal, anyway. Lyra gets across the bridge safe and sound and there she meets Will, a kid who’s in the long quest to find his father.

Not sure if she can trust him, she asks the alethiometer.

Lyra: “Who is he? Can I trust him?”

Alethiometer: “He’s a murderer.”

Remembering what happened with the people of the Magisterium (read Church), opposite to what happened with Yorek Byrnison (read Murderous Armored Bear), Lyra quickly decides she couldn’t wish for better.

Lost in the strange world of Ci’gazze, Lyra and Will soon realize something odd is going on.

There are Spectres hunting grown ups and leaving them behind, empty.

There are children ferociously defending a tower (Torre degli Angeli), where some philosophers used to dwell.

There’s Lord Asriel, who’s building up the greatest of the armies to fight the Magisterium.

There is Mrs Coulter back on Lyra’s track and Sir Latrom, who’s looking for a legendary Subtle Knife, an invincible weapon that will decide the destiny of the great war about to come.

To look after Lyra, only Serafina Pekkala and her witches and the aeronaut Lee Scoresby.

There we go, through the window, into another world.


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