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The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife  - Philip Pullman In many ways, I liked this book even better than the first one, Northern Lights (aka The Golden Compass). I liked how they moved between 3 different worlds, and how there were many different subplots going on. There was one thing I didn't like however...

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...and that's the cliffhanger ending. We're left wondering whether Lyra is alive or dead. I can only imagine that being a child, she escaped the wrath of the Spectres, but since Mrs. Coulter could also command the Spectres, she could've very likely swooped in while the Spectres were attacking the witches.

But then again, we know Lyra must be alive since there's still one more book in the trilogy and she figures so heavily into the story line. It's just that, after finishing this, I was left with the feeling that I had to read the 3rd book immediately to know what happened to Lyra.

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So as I'll say again, I'm looking forward to the third and final book in this series, The Amber Spyglass.