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The Amulet of Samarkand
Jonathan Stroud
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Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. In this parallel, modern-day Britian, Parliament is ruled of a group of magicians. Nathaniel is little more than 10 years old when everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him. Nathaniel vows revenge and spends a full year preparing his plan. For this, he needs to enslave a powerful spirit: enter Bartimaeus, a 5,000 year old witty, djinni (genie), summoned to steal an artifact currently in Lovelace’s possession – the Amulet of Samarkand. The theft of the Amulet sets in motions a series of unexpected events that find Nathaniel and Bartimaeus in situations more deadly than they could have imagined. The novel switches back and forth from Bartimaeus's first-person point of view to third-person narrative about Nathaniel. The Bartimaeus's chapters are the highlights of this book: Bartimaeus is absolutely hilarious, with his dry sarcastic, irreverent asides. A funny, suspenseful and fast moving novel—perfect for the YA reader. A 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Oct 30, 2013 at 3:19PM
carolynlovestoread27 said:
one of the best books ever
posted Nov 20, 2011 at 3:42PM
Madi G. said:
this is the worst book ever don’t read the book!!!
posted Jan 7, 2010 at 7:22PM
Avatar for Scathach Scathach said:
I think it’s really cool how there are so many different types of very different characters, and how "patterns repeat themselves", in more ways then one. 3 books in the series. I think the last one’s the best.
posted Dec 23, 2009 at 10:18AM
Avatar for KidLinks librarians KidLinks librarians said:
Eleven year-old Nathanial, a young magician’s apprentice, is humiliated by a ruthless evil magician, Simon Lovelace. To get revenge, Nathanial summons a magical creature, Bartimaeus, and commands him to steal Lovelace’s magical possession, the Amulet of Samarkand. The amulet is part of a terrible plan, and Lovelace will do anything to keep it in his control. Bartimaeus doesn’t want to take orders from Nathaniel, but if they can’t work together, both will be destroyed.
posted May 4, 2007 at 12:41PM
Andrew said:
This book is very good. I had actually read it a while ago but decided to reread it and post a review of it. Bartimeus is a sarcastic and clever djinn who is summoned by Nathaniel, a 11 year old boy already obsessed with revenge. Bartimeus is assigned to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from another magician, Simon Lovelace, and give it the Nathaniel. It is set in modern day London, except there is magic, obviosly. A very witty, funny book with lots of adventure. Read! [Series: Bartimaeus trilogy]
posted Aug 28, 2005
Ali said:
I thought that this book was good but not the best book i have ever read. if you like action and magic this is a god book for you. This is all about a 11 year old boy and his stuggles agaist a full gown wizaed. [Series: Bartimaeus trilogy]
posted Jun 19, 2004
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main characters Nathaniel
Age: 12
Sold by his parents at the age of five into apprenticeship; secretly studying books of powerful magic; publicly humiliated by Simon Lovelace.

5,000 years old; sarcastic; rude; summoned by Nathaniel.

Simon Lovelace
Powerful; holds the Amulet of Samarkand.
Government minister

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