Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Series 2, Episode 2: The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

December 16th, 2019

This fortnight we bring you The Subtle Knife, book two of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. 

Topic 1: Ghost Children. Begins at (0:50), CW for warzone, death, parental abandonment, survivors guilt. 

Topic 2: Will as a caretaker. Begins at (11:15), CW for stalking, neglect, child caregiver, imaginary threats, escalation of horror. 

Topic 3: Will and Murder. Begins at (15:45), CW for death, murder, bully mention, description of combat. 

Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (28:15). 


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