Friday, 22 January 2016
Audiobook Review: The Subtle Knife [His Dark Materials #2] by Philip Pullman
I first read The Subtle Knife a long time ago, so getting to relive this book was something I looked forward to. I think I enjoyed it that bit more as I had forgotten a lot of what happens, so each new incident was like hearing it for the first time. Like the previous book in this series, The Subtle Knife is narrated by Philip himself, as well as several cast members. Getting to hear the different voices makes it not only easier to identify who is speaking, but also easier to connect with the characters.
The Subtle Knife brings us new characters to love and hate. Although we do get to see Lyra, we also get to spend time with Will as he travels on his own journey. I liked getting to see some familiar faces and how they play an important role in both Lyra and Will's journey. The Subtle Knife may be the shortest book out of this series, but it certainly does not lack for anything. The paths that Will and Lyra take are not easy, and they both face a lot of challenges along the way, with danger around every corner, it's hard to tell who is aiding them, and who is trying to stop them.
I love the whole idea behind the knife itself, how one side will cut anything, and the other cuts windows into other worlds. I like how all the different aspects of these new worlds came into play, but worked so well together and how they worked for Will and Lyra in times of need.
The Subtle Knife was a quick but gripping book, there were a few moments that left me speechless, but they also had me wanting to know what happened next. I've already made a start on the next installment of this series.