Title: The Amber Spyglass
Author: Philip Pullman
Published: Yearling, 2003 (First published 2000)
Series: Book 3, His Dark Materials
Summary: May contain spoilers! Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in The Golden Compass and continued in The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from the armored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a maagnificent amber spyglass. An assassin hunts her down. And Lord Asriel, with troops of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifices. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: This is a first read of The Amber Spyglass which is a little odd as I have read the first one about ten times and the second one twice now. I think this is just one of those books that I've been meaning to read for such a long time. Now I can happily say that I have managed to complete the trilogy.
First and foremost the one thing that I wanted to know was what final form, if any, Pan took in the end. I don't want to give anything away but I am now satisfied in knowing what I needed to know and I'm a little bit underwhelmed but I think it's just because for about 14 years (since I read the first book) I have been imagining all of the possibilities about what would happen to Pan and what sort of animal he would take on as a permanent form.
Now, as for the rest of the story, I thought it was quite enjoyable. A lot of my questions were answered and some of them weren't, which is fine. I think it's definitely a book that I need to read again eventually to see if I missed anything.
Will is my favourite character of the series overall. I think that I prefer Lyra in the first book and then in the next two she becomes less likeable to me for some reason. Actually, just thinking about it, there was a part in this book where she made a decision to do something that I didn't particularly like so I think that's what made me a little annoyed at her.
Overall, I enjoyed The Amber Spyglass. It was a good conclusion to the series but I just didn't think it was the best book in the series and I feel a little bit like if I had read this book when I was younger I might have enjoyed it a bit more. I will say that I'm really glad to have read it and finished off the series though.