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The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set Hardcover – September 2, 2006
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You know, it really is hard to find well-written, well-characterized, well-plotted, witty books nowadays. Surprisingly hard. But I finished the Bartimaeus Trilogy a few months ago, and not only has it got all of the above characteristics, it's also one of the all-around best series I've read in a long time.
I'm puzzled by those who call it a knockoff of Harry Potter. Having a boy magician as the main character doesn't make something a Harry Potter knockoff. Especially when that magician is Nathaniel, as different a character from Harry as you can imagine.
Nathaniel is bitter, ambitious, naïve, and hugely precocious. At the beginning of the first book, he is under the tutelage of inferior magician Arthur Underwood, who treats him terribly. Nathaniel puts up with it, though - until he is humiliated by a man named Simon Lovelace in public, and Underwood is too afraid to help him.
Nathaniel, furious, throws himself into a task that no one expected he could accomplish - summoning a powerful middle-ranking djinni to exact revenge on Lovelace by stealing the Amulet of Samarkand.
But Bartimaeus, the djinni, is not a docile creature. Sarcastic and hilarious, it is his part-narration - and the footnotes that go along with it - that really make the books.
In the second book, THE GOLEM'S EYE, Nathaniel must summon Bartimaeus again when he is put in charge of hunting down the source of a devastating attack. The Prime Minister is certain that the Resistance, a group of commoners rebelling against the magicians' unfair regime, is behind the attack, but Nathaniel is not so sure.Read more ›
This set is now has a place on my "favorite books" shelf.
By the second novel, you get introduced to another character. Through the rest of the second book, and into the third, you switch between the boy, the djinn, and her until your head's spinning.
I personally found that the books get darker in sequencial order. They are definately growing up books, like J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter series. I do like Stroud's style, in the matter that he doesn't make a child's book. It's more of a story of a boy that grows up too quickly in a world of almost corrupted politics and magic wars between the countries of Europe.
If you are interested in this particular book, you have to like magic, and you have to like sarcasm, and with those combined you get the humor that I absolutely adore in Stroud's work. They're fast reads, and worth time to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully presented boxed set. Wonderful writing for young and old readers alike.Published 4 months ago by Lynette
Looks exactly like how I imagined it would and I am very pleased with the condition of the books.Published 14 months ago by Danielle
First of all I cannot emphasize that if you are looking for a book that is a Harry Potter replacement, or a book that has a goody two shoes/can't do any wrong main character, then... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sean R. Lawler
I have read this series several times and it never gets old. I love the character development in each book and always get so attached to them. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dustin Bridges
My favorite books ever! Ever ever ever! I read the first book in high school. It was loaned to me by a friend. After that I had to read the other two books. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a very good series for readers of adolescent age or older. I was in my late 30s when I read this and I have since recommended it to many fantasy readers. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by David E. Maurer
I bought it on here a long time ago because it was CHEAPER than anywhere else!
I love that you get a bookmark with the trilogy set. Read more