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The underlying themes are also very different. He used words like “conscience,” “justice,” and “honor,” but it always felt like he was acting out of guilt, ambition, and revenge. He pays homage to The Arabian Nights and to any “ripping yarn” you care to name, but the Charles Dickens of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield is also in there; and this strange mix is made new by being transposed into a country slightly – but only slightly – reminiscent of Kingsley Amis’s The Alteration. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In this respect, he is similar to C. He sets the rules for how magic works in his world and sticks to them, and he develops two strong protagonists to anchor the narrative. The Ghost of Shadow Vale 9. He A very interesting and fun read. Somewhere, on some website probably Mugglenetsome industrious soul listed a bunch of books to read while waiting for the next book to come out. Nathaniel retorts impolitely and incurs Lovelace’s wrath, in the form of an invisible demon which holds him immobile, allowing Lovelace to deride his helpless condition.

This made them so isolated, it was nearly impossible to relate to them. Instead, our teacher is the salty djinni, who wise-cracks his way through our magical education. He disguises himself as a messenger imp, after accosting Lovelace’s genuine messenger, and travels to Pinn’s Accoutrements to learn of the amulet.


Arthur Underwood was a mediocre magician and the minister of internal affairs. So, Nathaniel is a young magician in training. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat He had a great passion for the performing arts and so was great friends with the playwright Quentin Makepeace.

The mercenary is highly skilled with silver weapons and comes very close to killing Bartimaeus several times. Nathaniel meets by chance some members of the Resistance, zamarkand fails to infiltrate the group and furthermore has his scrying glass stolen.

SF : The Amulet of Samarkand / Jonathan Stroud ☆☆☆☆

I listened to this book as an audiobook. Though his intentions were noble, Kitty came to see Xtroud as being as greedy as the magicians themselves. Sarah from Barford Captivating writing style, fantastic character interactions.

This is a difficult book to rate: The first is first person with Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus is the real voice of this book. The books blend 20th-century England with past epochs. If you know a boy between 10 and 13 or younger, if you like reading aloudgive him this book for Christmas. Well, the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is a book that fits completely into the great books written for children.

Bartimaeus attempts to kill the mysterious bearded mercenarywho has become alerted to Nathaniel’s plot by the delicatessen people whose van was stolen as a disguise.

On the other hand, I might be wrong about that last bit. I love this book! Recommended for all ages! I simply loved these books.

He is able to instantly take the Queen of Sheba to Solomon’s palace when Solomon desires it, as well as being the source of power for the Ring. The book is named for a magical artifact created in the ancient Asian city of Samarkand, around which the story revolves. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.


The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

And Bartimeus is not perfect, though he considers that he is. The reader gets fascinating glimpses of Bartimaeus’s past and hte troubling hints about Nathaniel’s future.

The main plot of this story is a conspiracy to overthrow the government which causes the most dangerous threat in the history of magic. A band of deadbeat adventurers.

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Magicians themselves have limited powers; most of their strength strojd from their ability to summon powerful demons who are obligated to do their bidding. They are both amazing series but different in their own strkud. Great Britain, for example, is governed by an elite group of magicians–many of whom are greedy, ambitious, and uncaring for other people.

Instead, he is working a minimum wage job during the night shift as be All that despite lacking any human sense of morality, but I suppose it is precisely that makes him very convincing as an unworldly creature. View all 10 comments. He has big plans for all of England that involve the Amulet. Thank you for taking the time to write a review a,ulet this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. Eve I don’t know who or what recommended this to me, but I loved it.