- Publisher: Yearling Books
- Format: Paperback | 518 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 191mm x 38mm | 340g
- Publication date: 27 May 2003
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0440418569
- ISBN 13: 9780440418566
- Edition statement: American.
- Sales rank: 99,040
Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in "The Golden Compass" and continued in "The Subtle Knife, " are in unspeakable danger. With help from the armored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a maagnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, with troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, a battle of strange allies--and shocking sacrifices. As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living--and the dead--finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story. "The Amber Spyglass" reveals that story, bringing Philip Pullman's His Dar Materials to an astonishing conclusion. This Yearling paperback edition contains 13 pages of bonus material: the found notes and letters of Mary Malone. It also features chapter-opening artwork by Philip Pullman. A "New York Times" Bestseller A "Newsweek" Top 100 Book of All Time An "Entertainment Weekly" All-Time Greatest Novel Winner of the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award. Winner of the British Book Award (Children's) "Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --"The Cincinnati Enquirer " "Breathtaking adventure . . . a terrific story, eloquently told." --"The Boston Globe " "War, politics, magic, science, individual lives and cosmic destinies are all here . . . shaped and assembled into a narrative of tremendous pace by a man with a generous, precise intelligence. I am completely enchanted." --"The New York Times Book Review " "Masterful. . . . This title confirms Pullman's inclusion in the company of C. S. Lewis and Tolkien." --"Smithsonian Magazine"
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Philip Pullman has 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) Book of the Year 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. Philip Pullman is the author of many books for young readers, including two volumes related to the His Dark Materials trilogy: "Lyra's Oxford" and "Once Upon a Time in the North." He lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit www.philip-pullman.com and www.hisdarkmaterials.com. "From the Hardcover edition."
"Absorbing . . Like "Harry Potter" creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays." -"Newsweek ""A LITERARY MASTERPIECE . . . [that] caps the most magnificent fantasy series since "The Lord of the Rings" and puts Harry Potter to shame. . . . A page-turning story that builds to a powerful finish." -"Oregonian" "IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN, SO FIRMLY AND RELENTLESSLY DOES PULLMAN DRAW YOU INTO HIS TALE . . . [A] gripping saga pitting the magnetic young Lyra Belacqua and her friend Will Parry against the forces of both Heaven and Hell." "-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ""Breathtaking adventure . . . terrific story, eloquently told."-"The Boston Sunday Globe" " "
"The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of "The Golden Compass and "The Subtle Knife to a heart-stopping end, marking the final volume of His Dark Materials as the most powerful of the trilogy. Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So, too, come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will live--and who will die--for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that--in its shocking outcome--will uncover the secret of Dust. Philip Pullman deftly brings the cliff-hangers and mysteries of His Dark Materials to an earthshattering conclusion--and confirms his fantasy trilogy as an undoubted and enduring classic. "From the Hardcover edition.