Saturday, July 3, 2010
Supernatural Saturday: Review of The Subtle Knife
On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power. With every step, they move closer to an even greater threat--and the shattering of truth of their own destiny.
[from the back cover of The Subtle Knife]
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Harry Potter fans, LOTR fans, anyone who wants a fantasy tale in diet form
High point: The world
Low point: Lyra
Reader maturity: 13+
I've had a lot of luck with 2nd novels lately. Often they fall victim to the 2nd novel curse: a bridge between books, as I read somewhere today. The Subtle Knife is definitely a bridge...but you don't have to know (or like) what happens in The Golden Compass to appreciate the actions in The Subtle Knife.
Lyra makes less of an impact in The Subtle Knife, which is probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much more. Aside from sharing the spotlight with the charming and mature Will, she's also grown up somewhat and recognizes that people other than herself matter. (That's a HUGE step for her.)
The Subtle Knife was filled with nonstop action and scary new creatures. The witches feature more heavily here, adding, in a strange way, a more human element. Of course, Lyra's mother and a strange, evil man make an appearance in a normal and yet extremely threatening way. The two children deal with very adult problems--lies, deception, subterfuge--and they handle it all very well, making mistakes along the way but learning important lessons about real life. Will has a bright future ahead of him, and I'm excited to see what he and Lyra can accomplish next.
Title: The Subtle Knife
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Book Source: Purchased