A very enjoyable story but the djinni character Bartimaeus really steals the show. If he shows up in the other stories then I will definitely be interested in reading them as well.
The Amulet of Samarkhand by Jonathan Stroud is the first book of the Bartimaeus trilogy. It was an interesting and captivating read. Nathaniel is an eleven-year-old boy who is a magician’s apprentice. His past as far as he can remember was all happy till the day he met Simon Lovelace who is also a magician. Simon humiliated Nathaniel publicly once and now, Nathaniel wants revenge. He’s going to steal Simon’s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkhand. This book lost me at some points but overall, it wasn’t that bad. I would probably give a 3 out of 5. - @WizardingInitiate of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This is a fantasy book like many others, following standard fantasy fare; however, the plot, storytelling, details and world designed to propel all of these things are imaginative to the point of being bewitching. This story is so magical and inventive that it is worth reading just for that. Atop all of these magical elements that make this book so great, the characters of every Jonathan Stroud novel are superb. They have everything you could ever want in a character archetype, and a little more to keep things interesting. If you enjoy fantasy, extremely clever, witty, well-written books, this is one of the best available. In fact, the entire series is marvellous. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
Quirky fun! The narrator is fantastic, the characters are great, and the story exciting through and through!
can't stop reading - compulsive
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