The Amulet of Samarkand
Registered by akg
United Kingdom on 11/14/2005
This Book is Currently in the Wild!
3 journalers for this copy...
The book is set in a London where magic is commonplace; in fact the whole Government is comprised of magicians. Nathaniel is a young apprentice to one of these ministers, Arthur Underwood. Due to an incident a year previously Nathaniel wants to seek revenge on another powerful magician, Simon Lovelace. Nathaniel summons the djinni Bartimaeus and bids him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from Lovelace’s house. Unfortunately this is a powerful Amulet which Lovelace will do anything to find and is the start of Nathaniel’s problems.
The theme that runs through the book is power; an individual magician’s power and what he’ll do to get it and the power the magician’s have over the ‘common’ people. I am sure this second theme will be continued in the sequel as there was several questions left unanswered.
I have to admit that I found this difficult to get into at first, which I found surprising as it’s a children’s fantasy book, which I tend to enjoy. It was probably to because the point of view changes (it is either Bartimaeus in the first person or Nathaniel in the third person) and that in the beginning events are written linearly; however about 100 pages in I was hooked.
I look forward to reading the sequel, The Golem’s eye, but would recommend the Artemis Fowl books before this one as I found them easier to read and funnier.
Journal Entry 2
George & Dragon in Upton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 14, 2006
Released 14 yrs ago (1/14/2006 UTC) at George & Dragon in Upton, Oxfordshire United Kingdom
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Taking to the Oxfordshire meet and will leave at the OBCZ if no one picks it up.
Picked this up at the meet up in Oxfordshire today, managed to sneak it past caffcaff!
Found this amongst my sons stuff whilst decorating his bedroom....apparently he read it, and it was ok lol
Journal Entry 5
Controlled Release in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, October 05, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (10/5/2007 UTC) at Controlled Release in Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases
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Going to a guy who was requesting books on FreeCycle