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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.
Two words that describe this book in a nutshell: Absolutely amazing.
Anything more to say? Oh wait,
10/10 would read again
If I had to pick one fantasy series that both adults and children will absolutely love to pieces, Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series is it. It delighted me to no end! Read morePublished 16 days ago by Gina L. Turner
I enjoyed this book. Bartimaeus is humorous, and our 'young magician' is a good character to bounce that off of. I look forward to reading the next book.Published 19 days ago by Tristis Veris
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 2 months ago by A. Carter