The second installment of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Subtle Knife was my favorite. It starts off kinda slow, with a rather uninspired catching-up of past events and introduction of new characters, but then it really takes off.
Not only is this the most action packed of the three books, with edge-of-your-seat suspense and chode-numbing close calls, it also is the most surprising. For near the end, a great unmasking occurs. It turns out that while pretending for most of two books to be a better than average kid’s adventure series, His Dark Materials is also a compelling science fiction story. I will go into more details with my review of the final book.