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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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Publisher: Miramax
Book Type: Hardcover
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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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The Amulet of Samarkand is the first book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. It is about a 12 year old boy named Nathaniel who becomes an apprentice to a magician. The magician is uncaring and hard on Nathaniel while the magician's wife is very kind to him. Nathaniel dreams of going to Parliament with the other magicians and is bored by how slow his studies are going. He decides to study on his own and learns a great deal more than an apprentice his age should. After being humilated in front of many other magicians by Simon Lovelace (a magician himself), Nathaniel is set for revenge. He summons a djinni named Bartimaeus. From there many things happen that seem to get the both of them into more trouble than they were in the beginning. But they both know that Simon Lovelace is up to something bad but can they prove it? Will they ever be to overcome their bad luck? Will Nathaniel's dream of Parliament ever come true? You must read to find out!
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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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I enjoyed this fantasy featuring the djinii Bartimaeus. I liked his footnote asides and his trying to fulfill his missions without getting caught. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Golem's Eye.

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