The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

341 pages first pub 1997 (editions)

fiction fantasy middle grade young adult adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced
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Will has just killed a man. He’s on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful w...

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Moods

adventurous 97%
mysterious 58%
dark 47%
emotional 40%
tense 33%
challenging 13%
sad 13%
reflective 10%
hopeful 9%
inspiring 8%
funny 4%
lighthearted 3%
relaxing 1%

Pace

medium 65%
fast 26%
slow 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 60% | Plot: 32% | Character: 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | No: 12% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 41% | No: 37% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 4%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 46% | No: 30% | It's complicated: 21% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.11

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