Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel (Bartimaeus Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
When I learned about the Ring of Solomon, the return of Bartimaeus, I worried about whether Stroud might have lost his touch. Maybe you have too.
This book has just the same feel as the previous ones. Although the events happen about 3,000 years before the time of the luckless Nathaniel, the tone and pace and characterization are just as driving, vivid, and entrancing as before. None of the human characters carries over, of course, but Faqarl is there, as well as a few of the stunts about which Bartimaeus will later brag, and some about which he was already bragging, 3,000 years ago. The human characters continue to be three-dimensional, which means they are mixed bags: no one is entirely noble or good, but only a few are truly evil, and then only in very believable (read: power-mad) ways. Most of them are people who act out of good motives but with limited foresight, or with great wisdom but imperfect morality, or wisely and with good motives but insufficient trust in their friends. In other words, they are a little too human for comfort.
And the plot and pacing just swallowed me up and pulled me along, page after page. Stroud's writing style is just wonderful. I wish he were more prolific - but only if this meant NO lowering of his quality.Read more ›
The Ring of Solomon takes place in the time of King Solomon, back from the stories of the old testament. Of course Stroud doesn't just give us a bland retelling of the stories of King Solomon instead he puts his own twist on the stories using everyone's favorite djinni, Bartimaeus, to still up trouble, make insulting yet humorous wisecracks, and cause overall general mayhem.
Personally, I found Asmira a much easier and more interesting lead human character to read than Nathaniel. But the true star in all of these books continues to be Bartimaeus. He is still the mischievous, wise cracking, character that we came to love in the previous books. Stroud does a fantastic job of reestablishing Bartimaeus's character though, so new readers of the series wont be lost by any of Bartimaeus's remarks or style.
As for the other human characters they are all 3-D and interesting. My personal favorite was King Solomon, I was genuinely surprised with some of the twists Stroud had in there for the king, and I really enjoyed them. There are some "evil" characters, but to be honest, Stroud does a fantastic job making sure his characters are complex enough that they are able to surprise even loyal fans of Stroud's other books.
As for plot twists The Ring of Solomon has plenty to entertain and keep readers on their toes. Nothing new for fans of the previous series.Read more ›
Rather than continue the story of the first trilogy, though, or give us a typical "here's what happened just before" prequel, Stroud has chosen to set this new story thousands of years earlier during the time of, well, Solomon (the title's a bit of a giveaway). Luckily, when your main character is basically immortal, that isn't a problem. Bartimeus' favorite bete noir Faquarl, a fellow djinn with whom he's matched insults and blows with for millennia, is back as well. Otherwise, we've an entirely new setting and a whole new cast of characters. Since Bartimeus was the absolute strength of the trilogy, though, the loss of the others makes little difference.
The book opens in Jerusalem, where Bartimeus and Faquarl have been summoned into the service of a cruel Egyptian magician, Khaba, who is in service himself to King Solomon. Years ago Solomon discovered a magic ring of immense power that allows him to summon untold numbers of minor and major spirits, as well as the Spirit of the Ring itself--a forbiddingly powerful demon. Solomon uses the threat of the ring to gather around himself a cadre of magicians whose summoned demons he employs to build his temple, help his people, and cow neighboring realms. One such realm is Sheba, whose queen has several times now rejected Solomon's marriage proposal.
The Ring of Solomon follows several plotlines.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a kind of prequel in the series but something I really looked forward to. The other books in the series carried me along on a fantastic journey through an alternate... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dylan
Love everything about the bartimaeus books the footnotes elevate it from a teen book to a quite humorous adult novelPublished 3 months ago by al
Love the bartimaeus books. Very creative, witty and fun all around!Published 3 months ago by S. Elgan
The banter, the characters and the story are brilliant. Jonathan Stroud could continue the series in perpetuity and I would never tire of Bartimaeus and his snarky personality. Read morePublished 4 months ago by melinda alsheikha
Jonathan Stroud has done it again! A must read for all Bartimaeus fans!Published 4 months ago by Bennet Wang