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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.
This review is for the first three books in the Bartimaeus Trilogy (the major story arc of these books). Read morePublished 8 days ago by John
It was great book, but the footnotes were hard to access on Kindle (reasoning for not giving it 5 stars). Great read if you enjoy the supernatural.Published 1 month ago by Charlie Sheldon
Bartimaeus is an engaging character, but this book at least is very macho with women playing your stereotypical subservient nurturing or bimbo roles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nerissa Wong
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I loved it. It was one of my favorite books when I was, well, younger. One of the first I got when my mom took me to the library in a town a few miles away. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Colten Davis
You'll love this book. It is a little darker then Potter, but has adventure, funny and mysterious characters and you will want to known more about the next book in the series.Published 2 months ago by Bookworm
I ordered about 20 books recently and out of the 5 Ive gone through so far, this one is prob my favorite, which was a suprise to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grendel1969