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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.
Review of the audio book:
Simon Jones does a truly wonderful job as the primary narrator, a djinni named Bartimaeus, and a fine job as other characters as well in this audio... Read more
Jonathan Stroud keeps my child reading with a voracious appetite for his books!Published 1 month ago by A. Carter
Are you looking to escape into a world of intrigue, action, battling magicians and a djinni that has more snarky come backs to fill all seven planes of existence? Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Bushman
First in a super fantastic trilogy..... Book 1 of
the Bartimaeus Trilogy. A Very well written novel.
A cross between Harry Potter, and Artemus Fowl. Good read, geared for teens, but, as I'm 60 years old, I still enjoyed it. Will read the rest of the series.Published 2 months ago by Shooter
This was a great story. I loved how Jonathan Stroud built the world of magicians, his descriptions, and the character of Bartimaeus. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ms. LusterPuff