The Amber Spyglass is the third and final book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials fantasy series. The story follows the series’ protagonists, Lyra and Will, who struggle to overthrow an authoritarian, fanatically religious government called the Magisterium.
The physicist Mary Malone finds herself in a world of sapient creatures called mulefa. The trees they rely on have been dying, and she uses lacquer from their sap to construct a spyglass that allows her to see Dust. She discovers that it is streaming rapidly away, no longer able to provide the trees with nourishment.
The central theme of the book is the struggle between wisdom and stupidity. The novel advocates for the abolition of rigid, orthodox structures such as organized religion, by pushing against dogma and encouraging rational thinking and logic.
What I Liked
The His Dark Materials series, along with Chronicles of Narnia, are my absolute favorite children’s novels. I cannot wait to read them to my kids. It’s an incredible world with amazing characters.
What I Did Not Like