A review by brycestevenwilley
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


Not a bad book, but the writing is a little more clumsy than the first book, which kept it's air of mystery. This one revealed a lot, but less with a flurish, and more like a curtain being pulled back and kinda falling down halfway though.

SpoilerTrying to tie Dust to dark matter I guess makes sense, but it's first talked about so weirdly
.  There's a lot that's clearly just setup for the next book, and a lot of world building, not bad world building, but that is most of the book. 

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