“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don’t take are snuffed out like candles, as if they’d never existed.”
I was toying with whether to even bother reading the last of this trilogy because The Subtle Knife was pretty damn disappointing. But I like to see things through so I committed and, to be fair on the trilogy, I’m glad I did.
This was my favourite out of the three books. I have my criticisms naturally, but I did enjoy it. It was faster paced than the other two, making it easier to digest. Unlike the others, this one also made me think a bit more. I loved how when Will is using the knife, he has to practice mindfulness. As someone who practices this, it really interested me that in order for him to succeed, he had to accept his emotions about his mother, rather than run away with them or push them away. Will was clearly before his time.
The ending did disappoint me though. Mainly because it was a bit of an anti-climax, plus I really didn’t want Lyra and Will to fall in love. I really liked their friendship, and I was rooting for a solid opposite sex couple whose connection was purely platonic. But at least Pan’s final shape was perfect.
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