“The Subtle Knife” by Philip Pullman (Knopf, 2003)

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His Dark Materials Boxed Set: Part Two of Three

The golden compass of the first book was a special future-telling instrument which, when used correctly, can answer any question you ask it.  Lyra happens to be of the chosen variety that has the natural skill to read it.  In this book we meet our next hero, Will Parry, who is from our world.  He finds and becomes the beholder of the subtle knife, a special knife with one side so sharp it can cut any material object, and the other side so sharp it can cut through the fabric of reality and open a doorway into another world.  And so the reader realizes the great complexity of this universe with its many worlds.  Lyra and Will now continue their journey, both in search of their fathers with the help of many unusual characters like giant bears and witches.

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Originally published on May 12th, 2003 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.