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The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Amulet of Samarkand - The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Presenting a thrilling new voice in children's literature-a witty, gripping adventure story featuring a boy and his not-so-tame djinni. Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Na...  more
ISBN-13: 9780786818594
ISBN-10: 078681859X
Pages: 464
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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4 stars, based on 181 ratings
Publisher: Miramax
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
First in the Bartimaeus fantasy trilogy. Story of a London ruled by magicians, where 'commoners' (non-magic folk) are despised, and magicians are all-powerful. Political intrigue abounds around the story of one twelve-year-old apprentice magician, Nathaniel, and the demon he summons, Bartimaeus. Having devoured every book in his master's study and being far beyond what a magician of his age should be, Nathaniel gets cocky and makes a big mistake that twists his life into channels he never dreamed of. Excellent story, well-written, and very enjoyable. I know some folks weren't crazy about the footnotes (which add some dry humor to the story) but I loved 'em!
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Helpful Score: 5
The real treasure in these books is reading about the snarky demon Bartimaeus and his adventures with Nathaniel, his "master."
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Helpful Score: 3
A strange and wonderful synergy between a young magician and a djinni. An excellent book.
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My preteens/teens didn't get into this trilogy, but my husband and I loved them!
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Helpful Score: 3
If you are a fan of Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, this book may be a good choice for you. It is about a boy apprenticed to a magician, who longs to be more than his master thinks he is. Witty, cute, and easy to read. It's the first in a trilogy, I'm starting book 2 now.
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reviewed The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1) on + 1070 more book reviews
Awesome read even for adults. You will find yourself immeresed in a wonderful world of characters and story.
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This book is told from two points of view, depending on the chapter. The two main characters, Bartimaeus (a demon) and Nathaniel (human), foil each other. Bartimaeus is comical while Nathaniel is serious. With Nathaniel's need for revenge, Bartimaeus is summoned to help Nathaniel get his revenge.
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Great story, but why, oh why, do all villians have to stop just before the climax of their diabolical schemes to destroy everything that matters, to chit-chat with the supposedly helpless hero? Must be something faulty in their schooling.

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