Our third book of the year read (pathetic pace, I know) is the third of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3)
Lyra and Will and their allies and enemies finish their world-spanning adventure in this third and final volume. From journeys to the land of the dead, to a confrontation between Lyra’s father Lord Asriel and the ultimate enemy, the book doesn’t lack on scale, or spectacle, or pathos. I do think, though, that the book is a little bit of a let down, given the immense buildup in the preceding two volumes. IMO, The Amber Spyglass does not *quite* fulfill those high expectations, although I think it does very well.
Some questions still bug me about the book, though, and the series in general, which knocks it down from a highly recommended perch. I still think the entire series is quite worthwhile, though. A friend described Pullman as one of the best Oxford fantasists along with Tolkien and Lewis, and while I would rank those two above him, its not out of the realm of possibility to name Pullman in the same sentence as they.
Series overall: Recommended, not quite Highly Recommended.