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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.
The writer created a miraculous world and turns it into a world one can identify with. You can even recognize yourself in certain circumstances.Published 20 hours ago by Rina Dreyer.
What can I say that hasn't probably been said; well the trilogy is fresh in my mind after having just finished it and I can say resolutely that if you enjoy great writing, a great... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Chelsea J. Dersch
Fun read - enjoyed the story before bed time. I would recommend if you want to relax and dream. Cheers!Published 1 month ago by Kumite monkey
Did you like harry potter, do you hunger for more magic adventures,then this book is for you. Once you get into the story, then you will not put this series down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tati
Good storyline and you can't help but enjoy the the rascally nature of Bartimaeus!Published 1 month ago by Richard Blair/Jennifer Blair
On the first page there is a miss print it has one paragraph being read twice but otherwise great book!!!!Published 1 month ago by Stephen J. O'beirne
I love love love this trilogy. The writing quality is so enjoyable. The humor is frequent and hilarious, while the story can still be taken seriously. Read morePublished 2 months ago by IWant2Help
Read all of Stroud's Bartimeaus and wish there were more. Bartimeaus is a conflicted , loveable daemon with an interesting view of both his worlds. Read and enjoyPublished 2 months ago by HAbaum