Editorial Reviews. terney.info Review. Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the The Ring of Solomon (Prequel to Bartimaeus Trilogy) (A Bartimaeus Novel)Kindle Edition. Jonathan Stroud · out of 5 stars · $ Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 6 Up–Fans of Stroud's “ Bartimaeus Trilogy” (Hyperion) will cheer the return of the sarcastic, chatty, and. Bartimaeus. The temperature of the room dropped fast. Ice formed on the curtains and crusted thickly around the lights in the ceiling. The glowing filaments in.
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Read "The Amulet of Samarkand: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 1" by Jonathan Stroud available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first. Bartimaeus has 12 entries in the series. The Amulet of Samarkand. Bartimaeus (Series). Book 1. Jonathan Stroud Author (). cover image of The Amulet of. Ptolemy's Gate (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3) - Free eBook Online.
Nuttigste klantenrecensies op site. Geverifieerde aankoop. Major Spoilers ahead: World was great, characters had growth and I fell in love with them. Story was consistent and strong. The author had great writing and kept me entertained and he'd me eager for more. But the ending, it was truly poorly executed and I leave this series with a bad taste in my mouth which negatively colors the whole series to me now. The main characters have major growth from start to end with Nathaniel more than the rest.
And through out the whole series sway from someone you like to someone you don't and not because its a bad character but though his actions and descent into the magician mold. Just when you think you've given up on him he turns around slowly and gradually becomes the man you always wanted him to be then BAM he dies.
Having a main character die is always tricky and when this happens I don't always stomp my feet and cry if done well. Most stories avoid this with basic plot dynamic: But if you read enough this can become stale very fast so authors try to change it up with a bittersweet resolution. And ending that will make you gasp and tug at your emotions. When done well when you finish that last page your satisfied.
And that is the important part here "being satisfied. Unfortunately this is where I feel in this case I've been cheated. The series to twists and turns and I didn't confidently assume a few endings until into the final book and there is this amazing crescendo of of plot dynamics then it's ripped away.
Nathanial finally becoming the magician Bartamaeus first saw him to be in that little attic, the magician Kattie doesn't hate but instead sees as a person she can trust to guide the country and a magician the populace of Britain could look up to and love and respect without worry of oppression. Then he dies, without faithfulness nor gratitude this catalyst to a better world is erased without even becoming a symbolic martyr when he could have easily just melted the iron girders and caged the enemy without dying.
Bartamaeus carrying the weight of Ptolemy's dreams is lovingly sent back to the Other Place to survive and Kattie after suffering for so long sees hope and sees a future with Nathaniel helping making a sect of magicians following in her dreams to be left partially crippled and hopes and happiness dashed away because she thinks both her friends have parishes and doesn't see a point trying anymore.
While the rest of the magicians will carry on with their soldiers back home. That's it. No global slow shift to a better world no nothing. In a "perfect" ending all would have lived with Nat and Kattie exploring a future together however it may develop with Bart pursuing the ended subjugation of djin and commoners.
In a "day dream" ending as Nat released Bart, Bart clings and struggles as Nat dies and while being sucked back Nat's soul is pulled with Bart to survive as a Djin after having his essence fused with Bart for them to try and get a message to Kattie. Or bittersweet ending of Nat dying and Kattie summoning Bart to continue on Ptolemy's dream. Instead after all this struggle no one is happy and nothing will change.
That is why I feel cheated really because there is no happiness at all. Sure the straggling magicians are trying to make a fair government but it's easy to oppress when you can especially with foreign magicians or Furrar still out there. This story ended with basically no large scale progress, it ended in the same condition as it started with only the removal of two great characters.
It would be like if in the lord of the rings after everything Golem gets the ring back and goes back to his cave then Frodo and almost all the rest of the fellowship dies except Sam.
Then the two armies clash and they fight to the last two guys and they kill each other. So both sides left with no armies to finish of the other they shrug their shoulders and go back to what they were doing before so Sam heads back to the Shire to live his life depressed without any of his friends and it ends. Is that a good ending? No it really isn't, it brings you in a full circle just to leave you unhappy. I was reluctant to read the series because I first thought the subject was dark and creepy, but once I finished the first book, I was hooked.
Bart is not a demon, but a " respected" djenie. The story of Nathaniel and Bartimaeus is an elaborated tale filled with lots of emotions.
In this magical world both humans and magical beings are trying to fit in. This trilogy is one of those rare and wonderful animals, a work that can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
I am delighted to have made Bartimaeus's cantankerous acquaintance and learn once more of his awe-inspiring exploits all over the ancient world. I hope he'll be able to quickly forget that time he got trapped underneath a port-a-potty.
I've read a lot of children's fantasy in my time, and I've noticed some common patterns. Generally the first book of a such a series is the best; the reader is introduced to the fantasy world, and the writer takes his time describing its details and setting the primary conflict in motion. The second and third books often cave under the weight of carrying the plot forward and tying up all the loose threads pulled in the first book.
The author falls prey to this a bit in 'The Golem's Eye', but his swash-buckling finale 'Ptolemy's Gate' brings everything to a highly satisfying close. Stroud introduces lots of exciting new concepts into his magical world while maintaining consistency in his characters and the demonic rules of engagement. I'd guess that he planned this series out carefully even though there's been an appreciable lag between each book's release.
Lingering questions from 'The Amulet of Sarakand' are answered in here in an intuitive, well-paced way. Mysteries are built into the story carefully enough to keep you guessing, and yet manage to seem inevitable once they are unveiled. Underwood know of the true talent of his young apprentice, and while Nathaniel is barely being taught anything at all by his pompous old master, the brave young boy is devouring the books and learning much on his own.
One day, a group of Mr. Underwood's friends, all powerful magicians and fellow employees of the government, are having a little get-together and Arthur decides to present his young apprentice, "the boy", to everyone. Simon Lovelace, one of the most powerful and arrogant magicians in the group, decides to question the boy about what he has learned, and although Nathaniel obviously displays much natural talent and knowledge of magic much to his master's and everyone's surprise , Simon Lovelace completely dismisses the boy's talent and tries to make him look like an ignorant little buffoon.
Completely angered and embarrassed now, Nathaniel talks back to the powerful magician and in return, he angers Mr. Lovelace so much that the magician does something awful to the boy to humiliate him in front of everyone present. Afterwards, Nathaniel runs up to his room crying and immediately plots his revenge on the evil magician. Nathaniel spies on and learns some devious details about Lovelace.
Then he furiously reads all the books on magic he can get his hands on, and when he thinks he's ready, he secretly summons up the dangerous spirit Bartimaeus to do help him do his bidding. But Bartimaeus is much more than Nathaniel thinks he his and very difficult to control. And young Nathaniel is far more than what Bartimaeus is expecting, too. Together, these two embark on a hilarious, exciting, and very dangerous adventure while trying to bring about the ultimate downfall of the great magician Simon Lovelace.
The chemistry between the outspoken, determined little boy and the endlessly sarcastic Bartimaeus makes for some of the most fun, enjoyable reading I've done in a very long time. The writing is so clever, witty, and devious that it had me laughing all the way through the book, and it's definitely humor that would appeal to all ages. Very highly recommend to everyone. This is a must-read!
If you love the first book as much as I did, you will be unable to resist reading them all. Every single book in this series is just as wonderful, hilarious, and engaging as the others. Pity for the typos. The book is fun. Not the best I have read in Fantasy, but quite good nonetheless. The apprentice magician who is better than his teacher and a very pretentious one and start summoning dangerous jinnies when he is just 12, is not something common. What ensues is a funny romp in an alternate London, in a world ruled by magicians.
I gave it only 3 stars because the typos in the kindle edition are terrible, split words, page numbers, wrong words, you can find them all. Cannot understand why the book is not reviewed, it is obviously a botched scan. Paperback Verified download.
I ordered about 20 books recently and out of the 5 Ive gone through so far, this one is prob my favorite, which was a suprise to me. It was a fun and fast read, and I preferred it over some of the other more well received and reviewed books Ive dove into in recent times.
Everyone will compare young adult fantasy books to a certain kid with a lightning bolt on his forehead and out of all the books Ive read, this one prob comes the closest to Rowlings writting in style and feel. This is the story of Nathaniel, a young and ambitious magician in training, whose master is mediocre at best and loathes Nathaniel.
Because Nathaniel is impatient and too smart for his own good, he decides to take his training further, without his master's knowledge, and summons Bartimaeus, a djinni from the "Other Place" and that's when the trouble starts. This is Harry Potter meets Aahz for those of you familiar with the M. H series by Robert Asprin and well, Harry Potter. Bartimaeus or Barty, as I like to call him is absolutely hilarious.
His chapters are written in the first person and he is not sparing with his opinions. He's been around for years and he's pretty full of himself.
My only complaint is the author's excessive use of footnotes in the Barty chapters. Although most of them are hilarious and worth reading, I feel a lot of them could have easily been incorporated in the text itself, instead of having the reader going back and forth to read them. Especially since I read it on Kindle and it took me a while to get the hang of reading the footnotes and coming back to the text afterwards.
But my own dorkiness is hardly the author's fault. So now, as is always the risk when reading the first book of a series that I got as a freebie on site , I find myself hooked and in a bit of Barty humor withdrawal syndrome. See all reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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