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Will is the bearer of the knife Now accompanied by angels his task is to deliver that powerful dangerous weapon to Lord Asriel by the command of his dying fatherBut how can he go looking for Lord Asriel when Lyra is gone? Only with her help can he fathom the myriad plots and intrigues that beset him The two great powers of the many worlds are lining up for war and Will must find Lyra for together they are on their way to battle an inevitable journey that will even take them to the world of the dead

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    This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper TS EliotWarning Contains spoilers The Amber Spyglass is the final volume in His Dark Materials trilogyI really enjoyed Northern Lights or The Golden Compass as it is titled in the US the first volume of the trilogy Pullman introducted us to a fantastic world of great scope It was suspenseful the presented world was enchanting and Northern Lights was pregnant with interesting ideas and concepts that's why I chose to read all threeThe next one The Subtle Knife was laborious indeed Most of what made Northern Lights wonderful was dropped there was no world building in this volume the characters seemed stalled and the book was a chore It was a transitional piece so some of these things might be excused and I approached the final installment expecting a grand payoff The Amber Spyglass is no Return of The King It's the ugly baby that came out of Pullman's imagination and his hatred of religion The novels is such a tremendous let down that it's hard to decide where to start a list of its failingsLyra the cocky and bratty protagonist of Northern Lights disappears almost entirely Lyra from The Amber Spyglass is almost fullly submissive to Will Oh Will What shall we do? Will Oh Will Where is the girl who rescued children and planned it all on her own? Here Lyra doesn't seem to be able to do anything without depending on WillThe redemption of Mrs Coulter is totally unconvincing The Grand Evil Lady who was so great in Northern Lights suddenly out of the blue starts loving Lyra This is just so ridiculously uncharacteristic and unbelieveable The great villain is reduced to a mere puppet in Pullman's hands who seems to have forgotten how to hold the stringsNot that other characters are handled expertly Aside from Lyra who was reduced to a dependand sissy and Will the grand young adult fiction boy on a quest stereotype Pullman introduces and characters like the new race of Mulefa the bug like creatures He then goes on a tangent describing their culture which while interesting doesn't add much to the plotThe figure of Father Gomez who is sent by the Church to kill Lyra is just a cheap way of maintaing tension He never faces his victim and dies from the hand of a character we believed to be dead several hundred pages previously His sections are nothing but fillerThe theological questions are never developed Pullman literally stated in the previous volume that every Church is evil without showing why He didn't show how Chuch uses religion to manipulate the consciences of people we are treated only to Pullman's version of the Church which is evil because the author told us it's evil Everyone associated with Church is EVIL at a cartoonish level Mother Theresa has evaporated from Pullman's cosmos and took all the good priests along with herThere's no conflict inside the Magisterium no good voices are drowned by the bad ones because everyone is bad All of these evils are dressed in the not at all veiled robes of Christianity especially the Catholic Church These evils are never really shown we're just told they are evil Oddly there are no evil Muslim priest or bomb throwing Buddhist monks In Pullman's world there is only one religion and it is THE BAD ONE As one of the characters says The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake that's allDoesn't sound very convincingCuriously the church seems to have little impact on Lyra's world Though Pullman wants to lay all of the evil of mankind on Christian religion and God he doesn't bother with providing plenty of evidence The Church does evil things but it doesn't get into the way of the Ard Polar Bears who live a godless existence or the clans of Witches who are into paganism Neither the Polar Bears nor the Witches seem to be particularly bothered by the Evil church The Witches seem to love their country and don't seem to be forced or isolated by the church They seem to love the north pole where they liveNow in a world dominated by an incredibly powerful religious organization which corrupts everything one would expect that everyone would be forced to follow the enforced religion and actively participate in its rituals masses etc Religion would be a part of the daily life as vital as a breath when you practice it and as deadly as lack of it when your faith is not strongIn Lyra's world NO ONE prays or goes to any sort of religious service In a world where religious domination is SAID TO BE thriving I'd expect it to be obvious If religion is the source of all the evil in the world I expected it to be omnipresent But it isn't Except Pullman said so So we have to believe him eh?Pullman goes on a specific tangent to discuss the very issue of God God is said not to be the original creator but the first of the angels to appear He portras him as some sort of terrorist who lied about his origins and holds the reins of Heaven in his strong hands However it is all told to us we never see it played out When God makes an appearance he is shown to be a demented old angel which vanishes almost immediately We are never shown the man behind the curtain the malevolent presence who is the source of all trouble We are supposed to accept that no matter what THIS is TRUE and REAL Is God a sadist? We may never known we can only accept what Pullman tells us because he showes his truth down our throatsThe angels are shown as extremely ineffectual They can't really hurt anything which makes us think again How exactly did God who is just the first angel become so powerful? There are many questions about the angels how did Baruch and Metatron became angels from men but no one else did? but Pullman never bothers with themThen there is the separate tangent of dr Mary Mallone a former nun who rejected the Church and all faith entirely because she ate some marzipan and kissed an Italian Whoa Maybe if she ate an Italian and kissed the marzipan I could understand the Church denouncing her the convent would grow slimmer and slimmer but it doesn't make much sense In fact this is some of the poorest reasoning I've read in a while Can't you believe in God practive your faith and enjoy the world at the same time? Millions of people do but Pullman apparently think you can't I could understand Mary quitting being a nun even quitting organized religion because of the imposed restraints but stopping believing in God because of marzipan? This is not a strawman argument it's a marzipanman argument and unfortunately it ain't sweetMary's story stirs some tension in Will and Lyra who suddenly realize that they're meant for each other at age of 12 eternal love is serious business mind you and the story morphs into a contrived retelling of The Fall of Man though I don't understand why Lyra is said to be the next Eve Of course she finds love with almost no build up she gives it up for the sake of the worlds hers and Will's I think she resists the temptation to continue their relationship to help everyone build the new Eden or the Republic of Heaven but it's a tenuous connection at best Not to mention that twelve year old children suddenly start talking like certain older men BlahThis is getting long so I'll wrap it up in Pullman fashion An angel shows up answers all of the questions and the children return to their separate worlds promising that they will never forget each other and visit the same place in their worlds to remains as close as possible In Lyra's world generous foster parents magically turn up and she sets up to build a godless existence where people could enjoy themselves as if anything was stopping them before DOH I think that these books had great potential They could show children the dangers of corrupt individuals who use religion to influence and control people Unfortunately Pullman took it all away with his absolute lack of polemic and blatant one sideness and all we got were some puppets running around and spewing his personal sentiments in this incredibly boring and contrived slog The guy's obviously an imaginative author but his bigotry got the better of him here and I can only wish that Norhtern Lights was a standalone