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The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3)

The Amber Spyglass  - Philip Pullman View my full review here. If I could, I'd give it a 3.5.

The characters which flourish the most in this book are Lyra and Will. Each mature so much thanks to what they experience and it shows in their choices near the end of the novel in their decision to be selfless. Of course, the development of their relationship is also really lovely to read. It’s gradual so it seems realistic. Also, their love seems so pure and strong which I really think adds to their arc. They learn a new type of love with each other which I think is something beautiful to depict.

I do think there are some inconsistencies. For example, Mrs. Coulter and Asriel don’t have a gradual shift into loving Lyra as they should have all along. Because of this, it makes their love somewhat unconvincing. What motivated the change? We don’t get to see that which for me is a bit of an issue.

Overall, The Amber Spyglass is another good book by Pullman. I think it could have been better, but the pros far outweigh the cons. It was a joy to go along with these characters on their journey and see them mature, grow, and love.