The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials)

The Amber Spyglass


In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

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.  (Summary and cover courtesy of


Did I miss something where Will and Lyra magically become 4-5 years older?  Because I find it extremely creepy that 11-12 year olds are so desperately in love and then some.  Also, does Lyra HAVE to submit constantly to Will?  She was always quite an immature character, but I think she actually devolved a bit in this book.  Considering I was never a huge fan of Will in the first place, this was a complete disappointment. 

Besides the relationship between Will and Lyra, I found the ending to be a bit lackluster.  Even in the final battle I didn’t feel the sense of urgency or conclusion that would be expected for the climax of a book.  Despite all the talk of right versus wrong, I was also left with a lot of questions.  I guess that may be part of Pullman’s intention, but I found is frustrating.  I’m glad to finally know how this series ended and why people make such a fuss about it, but I’m equally glad that it’s over.

Warning: Contains violence and mild sexual content

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Folks who just want to know how the series ends.

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