The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1)
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Author Jonathan Stroud delivers such a potent and unforgettable mix of magic, history and intrigue with The Amulet of Samarkand, the first part of his compelling Bartimaeus Trilogy, that it is difficult not to want to read the next novel immediately. Undoubtedly the shortest 480 pages you'll ever read, The Amulet of Samarkand is a superb novel of revenge and adventure with the most original central character for years.
Bartimaeus is a wisecracking Djinni (pronounced "Jinnee" we're reliably informed) unlike no other. Summoned from some otherworldly place to do the bidding of a pipsqueak trainee magician called Nathaniel, he sets about his given task reluctantly but with aplomb. Nathanial is after revenge and that makes him dangerous. Previously humiliated by a powerful magician called Simon Lovelace in front of his impotent master, Nathanial has spent every waking hour for years cramming knowledge of the highest magic into his head so that he can exact his own special kind of vengeance.
Bartimaeus is charged to steal a precious and powerful object--the Amulet of Samarkand--from Lovelace's residence, which the Djinni achieves but not without angering a few old mates on the same astral plane and having to spend the night annoyingly disguised as a bird. Bartimaeus, despite being bound to Nathaniel, discovers the boy's real name--a tool he can use to his own advantage. But he is constantly outwitted. Then an overriding danger becomes apparent that threatens the whole fabric of society and they must work together to combat it.
Stroud's fantasy world is familiar, yet fascinatingly different. It's almost Victorian London, yet Magicians hold overall power and inhabit parliament. The writing is captivating, the story intelligent and mesmerising. It's difficult to imagine a more scintillating collection of characters and situations. Unmissable.
The best book I've read this year. Gripping and delicious. NOT TO MISS!.
1. Akan/Carax (Barcelona)
2. mirlotus (Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid)
3. salvo (Sant Cugat, BCN)
4. Montag72 (Santander/Asturias) --> 29.11.05
5. Aliena04 (Zaragoza)
Yo me esperaba el tipico libro infantil, pero esto es una señora novela ¡¡¡
Lo intercalaré con otras lecturas , pues mi inglés no es muy fluído y no me quisiera agobiar . A ver si consigo leérmelo todo , todito . ¿¿¿tenía qe hacer la entry en inglés ????
well , Meranis started that bookring. I'm learning English and i think so reading it is a good way to practise that language . I hop i'll enjoy it .
Very funny and gripping, with a clever plot and hilarious dialogs and footnotes.
Meranis, you're right: not to miss it! Looking forward the second part!
I hope to read it soon! It won't be an easy work, my English isn't very good, but I'll try it! And if the book is as good as you're saying here, it will pay for the effort!
I've sent it to Montag72 this morning. Enjoy it!