The Amber Spyglass - His Dark Materials 3 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lyra has been caught by her mother, Mrs. Coulter, who keeps her in a drugged sleep in a cave in the Himalayas (on their world). The Magisterium, provisionally Mrs. Coulter's ally, is not sure what she is up to, and sends out an assassin to kill Lyra because of the threat she poses to the world order. Will searches for and rescues Lyra, but accidentally shatters the subtle knife in his confrontation with Mrs. Coulter. Lyra decides she wants to travel to the land of the dead to make peace with her friend Roger, to whose death she feels she directed, and Will can finally speak to his father there. The two kids are accompanied by a pair of tiny Gallivespians, who ride dragonflies and serve as spies for Lord Asriel -- but no one has ever come back from the land of the dead! Meanwhile, Dr. Mary Malone, the physicist and ex-nun, has stepped through a window to a world of creatures with diamond-shaped legs that travel on seed pods that roll like wheels, and gets to know their ways before meeting her destiny in Lyra's and Will's fate. And the Magisterium and Lord Asriel gather up their forces for all-out war that will decide the fate of their world . . . and perhaps settle the problems that have unsettled the multiple worlds from which Lyra, Will, and various other characters and creatures hail. The conclusion of Pullman's trilogy is masterful, spellbinding, and unforgettable.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   guardian of justice Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Type of couple:    -   Both human, she has mental powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid If magical mental powers:    -   can see into the future


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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