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A thd and talented magician gets himself in a whole bunch of trouble when he summons a 14th level demon to help in with a task. His witty, sardonic commentary on the tasks he is ordered to perform add a wonderfully humorous tone to the entire book. I really loved this book, the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

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After Nathaniel fails to clean up his room after his attempted summoning, Underwood discovers Nathaniel’s covert operation and confiscates his summoning paraphernalia and notes detailing his plot against Lovelace. Jonathan Stroud’s cracker, the first of a trilogy yes, more, please following the adventures of a middle-ranking djinni in another dystopian alternative future London is pure enjoyment from beginning to end…Almost purely amoral, if not downright wicked, the character of Bartimaeus manages to convey the benefits of thoughtfulness, politeness and kindness by glorying in their converse.

A tantalizing tale, jonatham dominates with its footnotes and quirky comments, in spite of that The Amulet of Samarkand still makes me feel as though this was just another run-of-the-mill, unexceptional work undistinguished, bog-standard highflyer.

But the jewel in the crown is Bartimaeus.


I must say that the fact this novel is considered a children’s book surprised me because it is quite dark and gloomy in its atmosphere. A Bartimaeus graphic novel 9. However, the writing failed to appeal to If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel. They end up restoring jonathn other’s faith in their races.

I absolutely loved The Oof of Samarkand. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The Amulet of Samarkand

See Wikipedia’s guide to writing better articles for suggestions. I love all the main characters except the villain, Simon Lovelace.

In the first book, he is in the service of Simon Lovelace. Although he is only a middle-class djinni, his quick wits often save him in difficult situations. Barty’s sarcastic, powerful, arrogant, informative, and all in all, seeing the magical world through his asides and footnotes makes the book.

So enjoyable is the read that to say goodbye to the book seems like the epitome of death!! This first volume in a promised trilogy is set in an alternate England – at least, I hope it’s not ours – where the ruling classes are cold-hearted, self-centred magicians who derive their power from their ability to summon demons djinn, afrits, imps and coerce them into following their orders.

A very interesting and fun read. A powerful Djinni, his preferred form is that of a tall red-skinned man with the head of a jackalreminiscent of AnubisEgyptian god in charge of guarding the dead. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. To protect his master, and thus avoid perpetual confinement, Bartimaeus refuses and escapes by igniting the car petrol that Faquarl had been covered in during the escape. As well as being taught about spirits and magic by his master. She is an extremely close friend of Bartimaeus: Normally I don’t go in for pseudo sci-fi or fantasy that includes that 4th wall breaker: Ammet is later imprisoned within a wine bottle at the bottom of the sea.


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud book review

Meanwhile, Kitty Jones has been hiding undercover and completing her research on magic and spirits. We may feel sympathy for the hero of Bartimaeus ; a lonely, friendless young magician, subject to outrageous repression and unkindness by the adults around him, but he is not an overly sympathetic child.

There are no explicit descriptions of violence, but there is much violence and death.

London, England United Kingdom. Bartimeus’s efforts to follow his orders and, later, to deal with the consequences, while resenting every moment of his adventures, have you on the edge of your seat. For while Bartimaeus is to a certain extent an unreliable narrator whose every utterance should not be taken at face value, he does pinpoint the sins, foibles and vanities of the human race and especially of the magical elite, whom he knows intimately from long experience.

Sep 22, Audrey rated it it was sroud Shelves: A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. johathan

The story begins with a young but strroud apprentice magician summoning a djinni genieBartimaeus. Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references.