Fantasy, Kids Books

The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials III–Philip Pullman

Where to start with this one?

Well…it’s supposed to be a children’s book. I wouldn’t let my little cousins read this not just because it would be over their heads but also because I’m 95% most of my cousins families are religious. This kind of takes a bunch of digs at God and I really don’t think they’d appreciate that. I know I didn’t and I don’t go to church very often. (I am fairly spiritual and mildly religious though.)

I can’t even really tell if I liked these books. It took me years to get to this book even after I read the first two because I wasn’t the biggest fan of them. In truth, I’m actually giving them away because I know I’ll never read them again.

And the only kid who is near the age of appropriateness for reading this is about five years away from being able to understand what it’s really saying. (I’m not sure I even really understood half of it.)

As the final book in the series (Golden Compass being the first) we find Lyra and Will trying to get into the underworld to talk to their loved ones and apologize for all the wrongs they did them in the last two books. There’s a lot of things that happen in this that I found bizarre and the kids need to say sorry to a couple of ghosts was one of them.

Don’t even get me started on the weird elephant pod rolling creatures that were in here.

I’m a big fan of fantasy books, and a bunch of them had creatures and scenarios like this, but for some reason this one just didn’t work for me.

Even though I didn’t fully enjoy the last two I had to finish this series in order to get it off my shelf. And now I’m done. I can say that I will not read it again for sure and if you are directing your kids to any children’s books aim for stuff that has historical stuff mixed with new adventures. (Ie. Percy Jackson type things.)

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