Author: Philip Pullman (Website, Twitter)
Series: His Dark Materials #3
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk, YA
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The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife to a heart-stopping end, marking the final volume of His Dark Materials as the most powerful of the trilogy.
Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, come a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spymaster to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. So, too, come startling revelations: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will live and who will die for love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle that in its shocking outcome will uncover the secret of Dust. Philip Pullman deftly brings the cliff-hangers and mysteries of His Dark Materials to an earth-shattering conclusion and confirms his fantasy trilogy as an undoubted and enduring classic. Summary from Goodreads
Although the ending was bittersweet, The Amber Spyglass is my favorite of the series. I think this is interesting because it’s the reason for all the controversy regarding the movie and the books.
After reading The Amber Spyglass, I can understand, can being the keyword, why the Christian community is so up in arms about The Golden Compass movie. However, they’re just stories! They are so fantastical; they can’t be true! Most fantasy books have a basis in reality, but deviate and become fantasy. That’s all the His Dark Materials trilogy is. I still believe in God; in fact, I think my testimony is stronger because I realize how untrue and how fantastical the stories were as I read them.
Besides, so what if the main antagonist in the story is supposed to resemble God? In my opinion, the antagonist isn’t God. In fact, The Authority is far from God. I thought of him as just a character in a book. But, if I had to compare him to a real-life being, I would compare him to one of Satan’s minions, or Satan himself, because of the way he was described in the book. Also, in other religions (folklore, legends, mythology, etc.), there are gods that are oppressive and have been overthrown by mortals. I see this trilogy like that.
I guess the main point of my rant … I mean post … is I recommend reading the books and making up your own mind about them instead of following what other people say. However, if you don’t want to read the books or see the movie, that’s your choice; just please don’t tell others not to read them because you’ve heard they were anti-God.