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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
I would recommend it to middle school and up. Bartimaeus' humor and sarcasm is a stitch and keeps smiles even when there is some darker story line. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MARJORIE MAPES
I am an avid fantasy reader, in particular I read fantasy series. I had a really hard time getting into this book. It's very slow to start and the plot seemed to drag on. Read morePublished 2 months ago by candace
I loved this book a lot. There were some parts where I got a little bored, but all in all this is a great action packed book. I'm going to try to keep this review short. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kasey Smith
Read this book while in middle school, loved it. Read it again once I graduated from college, loved it even more.
Highly recommend it. Read more
Hard to stop once u hAve started reading it. Engrossing and beautiful readPublished 3 months ago by Mahesh
A thoroughly enjoyable book. The running commentary by the lead character, a non-human demon, is very entertaining rather like Mr. Spock on the original 'Startrek'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Greg
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 3 months ago by Rina Dreyer.