The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2)

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2)

by Philip Pullman
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The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2) by Philip Pullman

***** Includes an exciting preview of THE BOOK OF DUST, the long-awaited new book from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials, arriving October 2017! *****

The spellbinding sequel to The Golden Compass, the modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top 100 Book of All Time," continues the epic adventure, catapulting readers between worlds, and toward a devastating discovery.

Lost in a new world, Lyra finds Will—a boy on the run, a murderer—a worthy and welcome ally. For this is a world where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and witches share the skies with troops of angels.

Each is searching—Lyra for the meaning of Dark Matter, Will for his missing father—but what they find instead is a deadly secret, a knife of untold power. And neither Lyra nor Will suspects how tightly their lives, their loves, their destinies are bound together...until they are split apart.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Published in 40 Countries

“Just as quick-moving and unputdownable as The Golden Compass. . . . The mysteries deepen and the wonders grow even more extravagant.” —The Washington Post

“Pullman’s imagination soars . . . A literary rollercoaster ride you won’t want to miss.”—The Boston Globe

“The story gallops with ferocious momentum . . . Devilishly inventive.” —The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440418610
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/13/2001
Series: His Dark Materials Series
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 10,340
File size: 26 MB
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Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin PrincessThe White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 472 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
A continuation of The Golden Compass. Pullman does well continuing the story with some new characters. Very good series. Highly recommended.
Emily Kreps More than 1 year ago
this book and The Golden Compass gave me a different idea of the world (or worlds?)
amanda-willett More than 1 year ago
I read The Subtle Knife for my second book in summer reading. My first book was the prequel The Golden Compass I absolutely loved it. Wanting to read more I read The Subtle Knife and It did not disappoint It was even better than the first book In The beginning you are introduced to Will and eventually Will and Lyra meet and continue on Lyra's journey on discovering her parents, her self, her demons true form, and her destiny. This book was as good as the first.
Pacifist More than 1 year ago
This isn't quite fair since I've now read the entire trilogy, but The Subtle Knife, while excellent, didn't quite grab me like the first or third parts. The addition of Will was brilliant, and his is obviously a thoroughly drawn character. He seems to be just the right combination of edgy, precocious, and yet still child-like - and a perfect foil for Lyra. Whatever might be said about the middle third, be sure to read this trilogy in order, or you will find the total effect greatly diminished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very strange change of pace, but with characters so vivid,a plot so gripping, and a twist no fan saw coming, you won't care.
SCHSReader1 More than 1 year ago
Before I start to give my giant spiel on the book, I am just going to say SPOILER WARNING. If you don’t want entire book spoiled for you, turn back now. The story starts as a boy named Will takes his unstable mother to a friends house, for Will is on the run from people that sneak into his house to find information on his dad. His dad is an explorer that dwindled in the realm of other worlds, and has since gone missing. Will soon finds a window in the air, an entire other world! He needs a place to hide, so he jumps in. He soon meets Lyra (the protagonist of the first book), and he learns that this world has been taken over by beings called Specters, who suck the life out of any adult they see. Events follow, Will gets the Subtle Knife, they journey to Lord Asriel’s palace (the leader of the revolt), and Lee Scoresby reunites Will and his dad. All throughout the journey, they must dodge Mrs. Coulter’s savage attempt to stop them at all costs. Anyway, I think this book was perfectly fine, but it had a bit too much filler. There are about 30 pages worth of nothing plot related, specifically with the kids roaming around Will’s world or Cittagazze. The parts that have plot-related elements are extremely detailed, and you may need to read the first book in the series, The Golden Compass. Events such as Lee Scoresby’s sacrifice actually made me cry. However, the book may get confusing at times because it switches character focus, and worlds, in almost every chapter. This story flows the first and second book together very smooth, with returning characters such as Lyra, the protagonist of the first book. If you are a Harry Potter fan, I think this book is right up your alley. I do recommend this book, It continues the intriguing story that the first book set up in an interesting way, and it deserves its place as an “International Best-Seller”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like this one as much as I liked the first book. I was a little lost at the beginning, but it explained everything completely later. In all this one is less about Lyra and more about the newest main character Will. There were times I had trouble following along with the plot, but in all a great story and continuation to the Golden Compass.
Thomas Cummins More than 1 year ago
loved it
The_Penguinator More than 1 year ago
In grade school I couldn't read this enough. Just finished it for the hundreth time in my life and its still mu favorite after all these years:) I definately recommend you read it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sequel to The Golden Compass was as fantastic as the first one, if not better. The author does a wonderful job of describing the world of The Subtle Knife, such as the scene in which the titular subtle knife is introduced in the city of Cittágazze. The plot keeps you guessing as new characters are introduced and twists thrown at you from every angle. It follows the continuing story of Lyra Belaqua, as it becomes intertwined with that of Will Parry, who is a boy from our world as opposed to Lyra's. They travel on a quest to find his father, who was lost while on an expedition years ago. Even though it may be somewhat slow at times, it always manages to recapture your attention with an epic scene that makes up for it all. It ends with a very suspenseful conclusion that will leave you begging for the sequel immediately. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves a good, edge-of-your-seat fantasy novel, especially if you've read the prequel, The Golden Compass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The eBook version I got on my nook was missing entire parts of the books including the parts about the actual sublte knife. Ridiculous.
SilverMist More than 1 year ago
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I could not put it down. I love Will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of my absolute faveorite books. one of the only books that really worked my brain a great book thru and thru
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was made out of pure genius! It is by far the best book I have ever read. Touching,suspenseful,delightfull. You name it, this book had it all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dark Materials Trilogy is the best Trilogy I have read. It is amazing that someone can come up with all of that stuff. I think that these are the best books in the world. When I started reading these books I fell in love with these books. The way I heard about these books is that my best friend read them and she said they were so good. Now I like them more than her.
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Muridae More than 1 year ago
After watching the movie "The Golden Compass" I was very excited to read the books and find out what happens to all the wonderful characters. The first book was good and I can see why they made the movie, but the next two books felt more like an agenda by the author and held no real magic of their own. Very unworthy of the ideas set forth in the first book.
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