Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Amber Spyglass' Wraps Up Marvelous Trilogy.

Byline: Lisa Oberteuffer For the Journal

* Philip Pullman's fantasies rightfully compared to works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

No review of this book can do it justice without mentioning its two predecessors: "The Golden Compass" and "The Subtle Knife." "The Amber Spyglass" is the last volume in Philip Pullman's trilogy titled "His Dark Materials," from a line in Milton's Paradise Lost, and although it can be read alone, it is really better to see it in its proper context, as the triumphant capstone of the series.

Comparisons with Harry Potter are inevitable these days for young adult books, but Pullman's fantasy series is of a different order. Think Tolkein, Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Cooper and Lloyd Alexander. …

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