The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) by Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

Will is the bearer of the knife. Now, accompanied by angels, his task is to deliver that powerful, dangerous weapon to Lord Asriel - by the command of his dying father.But how can he go looking for Lord Asriel when Lyra is gone? Only with her help can he fathom the myriad plots and and intrigues that beset him. The two great powers of the many worlds are lining up for war, and Will must find Lyra, for together they are on their way to battle, an ...

Details The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

TitleThe Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
Release DateSep 9th, 2003
PublisherLaurel Leaf
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

  • Maciek
    This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper.-T.S. EliotWarning: Contains spoilers.The Amber Spyglass is the final volume in His Dark Materials trilogy.I really enjoyed Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass as it is titled in the US), the first volume of the trilogy. Pullman introducted us to a fantastic world of great scope. It was suspenseful, the presented world was enchanting, and Northern Lights was pregnant with interesting ...
  • Paul
    Okay....first...make no mistake, this review contains spoilers. Now, having read the first book (5 stars) and the second book (3 stars) I had some hope for this book. But, this book was an excruciating head-hammering look at an author making all the wrong moves. 1: Lyra's sublimation to Will becomes utterly complete. Hell, women are supposed to bend to men, aren't they? Lyra quit taking a step without fearing it would cause Will to raise his eyeb...
  • Jayson
    (A-) 83% | Very GoodNotes: A sad but necessary ending; its exceptional last chapters may have seemed unconvincing if penned by a lesser writer.
  • Brad
    My entire review could be this: Phillip Pullman's "The Amber Spyglass" is one of the poorest closing books of a trilogy ever written. But I feel compelled to continue. At one point, I actually stopped reading "The Amber Spyglass," put it down and vowed not to finish, but I wanted to be able to slag off the book with authority, so finishing became a must. And I even had a slight hope that Pullman could save his seriesI did finish, but it never got...
  • David Schaafsma
    I would not have read this book were it not for my friend Pat E. who told me several years ago that it was one of the best books she had ever read, and also said it was the first children’s book to have won England’s prestigious Whitbread Prize for Literature. So I read the whole series over the next couple years, and in this process discovered that one of my English department’s medievalists said it was one of his favorite series. Did I kn...
  • mark monday
    i just decided to copy-and-paste a response i wrote regarding this book in one of the GR groups. that is inexcusably lazy. so sue me! also, it is full of SPOILERS.- i think one of the most unique things about this book is the fact that one protagonist is a liar and the other is a murderer. not only is that uncommon, particularly in YA lit, it is transgressive. i like how the tools that help these two in their amazing adventures are ones that are ...
  • Corie
    If you haven’t read the ENTIRE three books, please don’t read any further. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you because the ending is so endearing and…..lasting, that I would HATE to take it away from you. I absolutely fell in love with Lyra. Didn’t you? She was the sister I wish I would have had growing up. She was myself as I played with all of my brothers in the mudfields, she was the daughter I’m sure every woman would yearn to hav...
  • Manny
    - George, wake up! - Ungh... what time is it? - I think about four am. You were having a nightmare. - Mmmn.- Hey, you're shaking. Come over here. It's alright. Do you want to tell me about it?- Ann Coulter and Satan jump into the void and pull him down with them. The evil archangel.- I'm sorry?- Ah, it doesn't make much sense, does it? But it did in the dream. It was even noble and tragic. I think.- What else happened?- Well, I know I shouldn't h...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    I’ve been putting this book off for almost four years. I’ve been truly terrified to read it for such a long time. The first book, The Golden Compass, is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. I adore it. The second book is something else entirely. I was horrified when I read it and truly disgusted with the unexpected direction the series took. I did not want to read this one because I did not want my memories of the first book shatt...
  • Porter
    When I was in high school, the local video arcade passed out fliers that that evening, after a $2 admission, you could play all the video games for free. I and several of my friends went and enjoyed ourselves.And then suddenly they closed the doors, turned off all the games, and a preacher got up and proceeded to try to "save" us.True, we had already gotten our money's worth, and we we could have gotten up and left (even though all of us wanted t...
  • Samantha
    3.75 stars
  • Jim O'Donnell
    Oooooof.Too much. Way too much.Pullman's series concludes like it started. Good but nothing great. And tiring. Very. The Amber Spyglass weighs as much as the other two books put together....and then some. Pullman pulls in still MORE main characters and still MORE beings and still MORE complications and still MORE unlikely, unbelievable turns-of-event. It just got to be too much. Between the witches and the angels and the cliff-ghasts, the shadows...
  • Antonio
    ¿Conocen esa mezcla de felicidad y tristeza, ese dulceamargo, que solo los buenos libros pueden dejar? Que aunque pase el tiempo, los sigues recordando, y quisieras que la historia continuara, aunque sabes que se desarrollo justo como debía ser, así me hace sentir "La Materia Oscura"EL comienzo del final, la tan esperada guerra neoapocalíptica ha llegado, con sus terribles bandos, comandados por Lord Asriel y Metatron... la historia de la vid...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3), Philip Pullman His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995, published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بی...
  • Shannon
    Heartbreaking, cynical, beautiful, potentially life-changing.
  • Emma
    I’ve finally finished my reread of His Dark Materials before starting The Book of Dust. It is literally decades since I read it and all I could remember was that I loved it, and the mulefa. But of course there was so much more to it than that. And I cried my eyes out at the end.It also made me feel like I’d love to chat to Philip Pullman about his metaphysical beliefs and the meaning of life. Wonderful writing. Wonderful story.
  • Joe
    This book was twisted. The plot was very contrived and the characters have lost the remaining appeal that they had in the first 2 books. The "redemption" of Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel is utterly unconvincing. Pullman makes an open mockery of God, whom he depicts as a weak, timid, helpless old being manipulated by a twisted, tryanicial angel. No, Lyra and Wil don't kill God in the end, but Pullman does. The story culminates in the predictable re...
  • Pige
    I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago. But life outside of goodreads, my general frustrations with the book, and the sense that reading it and thinking about it was contributing to an extended bought of grumpiness kept me from putting any thought or effort towards commenting on it here. I suppose I should get it over with now. I have to say that reading this book was at times overwhelmingly painful and my main motivation for actually f...
  • Trish
    This is the conclusion to the trilogy known as His Dark Materials. I’m glad I was told about the connection to Milton, but in this last volume there are hints enough for the reader in form of poems and quotes at the beginning of each chapter; of William Blake, Emily Dickinson and John Milton.The Amber Spyglass is about Will further travelling through the worlds, now in the possession of the Subtle Knife (how much I love that boy with his quiet ...
  • Snooty1
    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This cannot be a children's book, because I am not feeling child-sized feelings right heart...oh my heart....This was SOOOO good, the entire trilogy, amazing! This book, however, was the best of the entire trilogy. HANDS DOWN!Wonderful, amazing, and so damn relevant. What an amazingly brave and thought provoking book....I'm gushing.....This book makes me gush.I can't wait for the new trilogy to come out...please find a...
  • Rebecca
    This book was an experiment, and while there were moments that were clever and compelling and emotionally resonant, as a whole, the experiment failed. That experiment was to take a piece of complex, religious poetry intended for adults (Paradise Lost), turn it on its head, and make it into an anti-religion/coming-of-age allegory for children. Even though Pullman ultimately failed to create a believable, subtle, or controlled narrative universe, e...
  • Duane
    This book, this 3rd and final volume, is an incredible conclusion to this outstanding series. It has left me drained. It has left me heartbroken. But it has also left me in awe. I have followed Lyra Belacqua Silvertongue every step of the way on her amazing quest, and I could do it all again right now. This book is deserving of all the praise and awards it has received. It truly is a masterpiece of fantasy literature. Well done Philip Pullman, we...
  • Jamie
    I was surprised in looking over the reviews for the final book of the trilogy--so much disappointment, anger, bitterness! While I don't believe the book is flawless, I felt a lot of reviewers took out their frustrations on Pullman's politics or his decision to twist the happy ending rather than on the storytelling itself. I thought, whatever problems you have with the book, the storytelling, magic, and emotional power of the book were absolutely ...
  • Eric Allen
    This review contains crude language, because I'm too pissed off to be eloquent at the moment. Reader beware.What the fuck did I just read? Seriously! What in the hell was that supposed to be?Spoilers ect ect ect. Everything I loved about the first book is completely gone, the author seems to have forgotten that he's telling a story rather than railing against organized religion almost non-stop, the characters seem to have been lobotomized, and it...
  • Maria Espadinha
    A República do Céu As aventuras de Lyra e Will continuam a surpreender-nos por entre um rol de querelas mistícas entre bem e mal...Lyra cresce, amadurece, descobre o amor, e... apercebe-se da urgência em criar um mundo novo e melhor!Subscrevo ;)“Temos de ser todas aquelas coisas difíceis, como alegres e simpáticos, corajosos, destemidos e pacientes, e temos de estudar e pensar e trabalhar muito, todos nós, nos nossos diferentes mundos e ...
  • Seth T.
    (This fits within the scope of my review of the full series)Book three was just a mess. It's almost nonsensical as it strives against reason and its own narrative to bring the story to some kind of resolution. The great betrayal prophesied? Not really a betrayal at all. Lyra being tempted? Never happens. Mary playing the role of the serpent? Nope. She just kind of stands around. Oh, and the big plan to take war to heaven and kill God? Has nothing...
  • Amy | shoutame
    - Possible spoilers - Fantastic ending to a brilliant trilogy, although I don't know how many times I have read these books this last one breaks my heart every time. Will and Lyra's relationship blossoms so well over the course of the three books and I'm almost tempted to stop reading before the end and try and trick myself into believing they lived happily ever after!
  • Chris
    In The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman commits two serious authorial sins: he gets preachy and he loses control of his story. The result is book that, while excellent in places, is somewhat less enjoyable than the first two volumes of His Dark Materials.In The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife the narrative focused on Lyra and Will, the two main characters. In this book the action jumps between their story and three or four others, which are at t...
  • Rose
    This third and final installment of His Dark Materials was indeed dark, or at least much darker than the previous two. While they felt more like an adventure, this was slightly on the grim side, and not just because the kids got to spend some time in the land of the dead. While it was quite good, it was probably my least favorite of the three.