From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials- now a major critically acclaimed BBC series
She had asked: What is he? A friend or an enemy?
The alethiometer answered: He is a murderer.
When she saw the answer, she relaxed at once.
Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky.
But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.
On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power.
And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat – and the shattering truth of their own destiny.
"A dazzling sequel to the much praised Northern Lights. Angels, witches and magic sit comfortably beside physics, religion and philosophy as the story moves towards an end that leaves the reader breathless for the final volume."
"The Subtle Knife is the second volume of a trilogy that promises to live alongside the works of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis as an icon of imaginative writing for children. It's a claim made for many books but it is to be taken seriously in Philip Pullman's case, because of the depth of his vision."
"This extraordinary, multi-layered masterpiece will harness the imaginations of children and adults now and in future generations."
Lyra is all grown up in the latest instalment of the Book of Dust series, which has plenty to say about life and politics in 2019.
Michael Sheen returns to narrate The Secret Commonwealth, the second instalment in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy. Watch how the Welsh actor immerses himself in the Pullman world to develop unique character voices.