The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman


The second in the trilogy isn't remotely as good as first - or last. All I remembered was the moving death of Lee Scoresby (spoiler!) but had forgotten the sudden high body count in the final chapters, and absence of strong characters from previously. It loses its focus by moving between worlds, and loses its realism by including 'our' world and the self-righteous Will. Moves the story along for the big ending, though.

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