Friday, 22 January 2016

Audiobook Review: The Subtle Knife [His Dark Materials #2] by Philip Pullman

Title: Northern Lights
Author: Philip Pullman
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Narrator: Philip Pullman & Cast
Series: His Dark Materials #2
Source: Midas PR
Running Time: 8 hours and 55 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: 23rd April 2007
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Here is the highly anticipated second installment of Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy, begun with the critically acclaimed "The Golden Compass." Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittagazze, "the city of magpies," where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Here their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. Their search is plagued with obstacles--some familiar and some horribly new and unfathomable--but it eventually brings them closer to Will's father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, magical, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds. Through it all, Will and Lyra find themselves hurtling toward the center of a fierce battle against a force so awesome that leagues of mortals, witches, beasts, and spirits from every world are uniting in fear and anger against it. This breathtaking sequel will leave readers eager for the third and final volume of "His Dark Materials."
My Thoughts
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.

Final Verdict
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.

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