In this book, Lyra meets Will in a world that neither of them come from It s a world made up only of children although it s obvious that grown ups were here not too long ago They learn from the children that the Specters take over the adults until finally they just disappear.
Will is searching for his long lost father who never came back from an expedition to the North that he joined many years ago Lyra consults her althiometer and determines that it is her job to help Will In the end, Will is summoned by Lord Asriel, Lyra s father.
I guess the final book in the series, The Amber Spyglass, will determine whether I like this series enough to continue on to the author s next series starting with The Book of Dust For now I m in a wait and see mode.
NOW A MAJOR, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC HBO TV SERIES What Is He A Friend, Or An Enemy He Is A Murderer Will Has Just Killed A Man He S On The Run His Escape Will Take Him Far Beyond His Own World, To The Eerie Disquiet Of A Deserted City, And To A Girl, Lyra Her Fate Is Strangely Linked To His Own, And Together They Must Find The Most Powerful Weapon In All The Worlds The Second Volume In Philip Pullman S Groundbreaking HIS DARK MATERIALS Trilogy, Acclaimed As A Modern Masterpiece I was going to do a lengthy review of this book the second of a trilogy as well as of the new TV series that has come out based on the first two books in the series but decided to cut it short.
The book itself and the other two books are well written The story and characters are good The world building is superb and it provides ideas that I ve not seen elsewhere external daemons, the alethiometer, etc If this is YA , then its at the upper end.
The theology of the book series is very similar to that of Margaret Atwood s The Handmaid s Tale a highly skewed exaggeration of Christianity that is then very easy for the story to criticize a straw man fallacy This is basically the Tower of Babel except that that the god and the church of the books isn t at all like Christianity well, it may resemble certain aspects of medieval Roman Catholicism like the Inquisition but not historical Christianity as a whole and therefore just falls apart It almost sounds like wishful thinking on the part of the author of an otherwise entertaining set of books.
Will It s hard to believe that he wasn t even mentioned in Golden Compass He is a perfect foil for Lyra, while his character like hers is far from perfect GC was told from Lyra s POV, but her thoughts and actions seemed to come from a much older wiser intelligence Will s character and backstory, however, seem to arise very naturally from his backstory and DNA It took me a while to warm up to Lyra, but I liked Will straight away.
This is the best book of the Trilogy, but you gotta read 1 to understand the plot, and your gotta read 3 to see how it all turns out.
This is the 2nd book of the Dark Materials trilogy Lyra has escaped Mrs Coultar, she has escaped with her daemon we would call it our spirit intact Her father had killed Lyra s friend Roger by cutting his daemon away from him Now she finds a strange boy that doesn t have a daemon that she can see His name is Will and he is running from strangers that want some letters his father has written.
The two if them find that neither comes from the world they are in So, they work together to accomplish a task that neither child understands They fight for the life of an old man, only to find Will is now the bearer of a special knife He is suppose to fight in a war he knows nothing about His father is killed by a witch that is suppose to protect him and Lyra As he approaches the camp where Lyra is suppose to be sleeping, he sees Lyra has been taken there are angels there to guide him to his destination.
This second novel in the series greatly clarifies why everything in the first book happened and where everything is heading, but only after developing adventures and characters slowly come together Although the author s characterization is a little weak, the plot and especially the complete originality kept delighting me This series has none of the standard fantasy character categories i.
, no elves, dwarves, dragons or wizards, kings or swords instead we find an utterly original fantasy with elements of science fiction, reality and use of religious history myths abuses While my heart didn t feel the overwhelming empathy for the characters that some authors achieve, my brain was DELIGHTED Can t wait to read the concluding third novel