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Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine. In British author Jonathan Stroud's excellent novel, the first of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the story switches back and forth from Bartimaeus's first-person point of view to third-person narrative about Nathaniel. Here's the best part: Bartimaeus is absolutely hilarious, with a wit that snaps, crackles, and pops. His dryly sarcastic, irreverent asides spill out into copious footnotes that no one in his or her right mind would skip over. A sophisticated, suspenseful, brilliantly crafted, dead-funny book that will leave readers anxious for more. (Ages 11 to adult) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is my second time reading this book and it was just as enjoyable as ever.
Nathaniel and Bartimaeus are the story's central characters and the focus of the story alternates back and forth between them.
This book is full of great characters, it is filled with humor, action, adventure, fantasy, more humor, and a little drama.
Absolutely enthralling read. Captivated and mesmerized me from page 1 all the way through to the end. Read morePublished 7 days ago by JP
This is a very lighthearted tongue in cheek sort of a book. It was a fun read, but the characters were all pretty one dimensional. Read morePublished 12 days ago by T. C. Morison
Excellent writing. Enjoyed the plot and character development. Great use of alternating pov's.Published 26 days ago by Melissa L Bybee
Great book! Wasn't sure if I'd like this book, I passed this book in my school library during middle school allot but I was skeptical of it's promise. I like this book a lot!Published 1 month ago by Francis
Fascinating genre, this. It was recommended to me by a 7th grade student who I learned also loved Preston & Child books like I do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Hudson
Two words that describe this book in a nutshell: Absolutely amazing.
Anything more to say? Oh wait,
10/10 would read again