Book Review: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Hey Guys!

It is time for another book review! Whoop, whoop! This week I have finally continued a trilogy that I started nearly a year ago! And that series is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. So, here is my review for The Subtle Knife.


Why did I wait quiet so long to read this second book?!? it has been nearly a year since I read Northern Lights and I honestly don’t know why it has taken me so long to pick up The Subtle Knife, I wish that I had read it sooner.

I really enjoyed The Subtle Knife, just like I enjoyed Northern Lights. I will be very honest and admit that I did struggle to get into this book at first. Because it had been so long since I read the first book I found that I couldn’t remember much about it to start with. I found it difficult grasp the memory of what had happened in the first book. And that did make it harder for me to get into the story. but, once I had managed to jog my memory on what happened in Northern Lights I did end up really enjoying The Subtle Knife.

It was a very different story to Northern Lights. I found that it felt very different as well as the story being very different. It is a continuation of the story but it is very different. And it picked up in a very different place which was strange. I was very confused for the first couple of chapters as the story doesn’t pick up with Lyra where it left off in Northern Lights. It picks up with a new character, Will, in a completely different place, at a slightly different time. It just threw me a bit at first and I spent the first maybe, 30 minutes of the audiobook being very confused.

But once the story got settled it was good. I felt like this book got darker and went a bit more in depth into the world and dust. There was far more death in this book and some generally darker themes and storylines throughout this book. personally, I like when books do this, but I can see that it might be a bit off putting to some readers. And I do find certain elements of this trilogy a bit strange. for instance, it is classed as a YA fantasy, it has YA themes and YA ideas but it had Middle grade aged characters…. I cannot be the only person who find this weird! I know the character’s young ages are a big part of the story, but it just doesn’t feel like a YA because of them. I don’t know if that makes since, but that is something that I have noticed with this book series.

Overall through, it is an enjoyable read. I found The Subtle Knife to be faster paced then the first book and I got through it in practically one sitting. I definitely won’t wait as long to pick up The Amber Spyglass.

star 44 out of 5

And there we go. Have you read His Dark Materials Yet? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.


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