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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 Reviewshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 101.6 x 175.26 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Books
  • Laurel Leaf Library
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0440238145
  • 9780440238140
  • 15,248

About Philip Pullman

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.show more

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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.show more

Review quote

"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 Globeshow more

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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 Globeshow more