The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife

Paperback His Dark Materials (Paperback)

By (author) Philip Pullman

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  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 175mm x 25mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 9 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0440238145
  • ISBN 13: 9780440238140
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 15,894

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Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted underworld--CittAgazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm. On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will discover an object of devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat--and the shattering truth of their own destiny. An "Entertainment Weekly" All-Time Greatest Novel A "Newsweek "Top 100 Book of All Time A #1 "New York Times" Bestseller "Pullman's imagination soars . . . A literary rollercoaster ride you won't want to miss."--"The Boston Globe" " " "Just as quick-moving and unputdownable as "The Golden Compass." . . . The mysteries deepen and the wonders grow even more extravagant." --"The Washington Post Book World" " " "The story gallops with ferocious momentum [and] Pullman is devilishly inventive." --"The New York Times Book Review" ""The Subtle Knife" is as absorbing and irresistible as "The Golden Compass"--and even more so, as powerful new forces are set in motion. A brilliantly conceived work." --Lloyd Alexander, author of the Prydain Chronicles, Newbery Medalist for "The High King" "The intricacy of the plot is staggering. . . .There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating."--"The Horn Book" "Magazine," Starred "Presented in a rush of sensuous detail that moves and entrances . . . [this is] vintage Pullman: gorgeous imagery, pulse-pounding action, and the baiting of readers' affections." --"Kirkus Reviews, " Starred

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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.

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"More than fulfilling the promise of The Golden Compass, this second volume starts off at a heart-thumping pace and never slows down....The grandly exuberant storytelling is sure to enthrall."--"Publishers Weekly," Starred "The intricacy of the plot is staggering. . . .There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating."--"The Horn Book""Magazine," Starred "The character development as well as the relentless pace . . . make this a resoundingly successful sequel . . . it will leave readers desperate for the next installment."--"Booklist," Starred "A literary rollercoaster ride you won't want to miss."--"The Boston Globe"

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Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted underworld--Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: 12-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm. On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will discover an object of devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat--and the shattering truth of their own destiny.