The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand

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When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge.
Publisher: London : 2010. Corgi,
2003. ,
ISBN: 9780552562799
Branch Call Number: YF STRO


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Aug 19, 2018

This book, despite being the first in a trilogy, stands on its own as an incredible feat of world-building and character development. The other two are pretty good, but I think they suffer from the fact that this book is (and it's very hard for me to say this about a children's book, but I've adored it for so many years that I can't put it any other way) a masterpiece. Sometimes you read a book that is very clever, and you enjoy it while you read it. Afterwards if you think too much about it you begin to realize its faults (poorly written characters, storylines that go nowhere, plotholes, etc.) This is not a book like that. I have read it three times, and it is perfect from start to finish. This book is so great, I am nostalgic for the days when I first read it. Give it a try. You won't regret it.

Liz_the_Librarian Jul 05, 2017

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is a fantastic series with a beautiful blend of humor and drama. The world it builds is unique and fun, and the way it's written is a nice fresh take: One half first unreliable first person, one half omniscient third person, its filled with many good ideas that blend together into a wonderful novel. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy, even if you're older. We may have it in our "teens" section, but I still highly enjoy it as an adult, as much as I did when I was a teen!

Beatricksy Jul 03, 2017

Enjoyable, fast paced, really a terrifically fun read, but also somehow distracted. Partly because it couldn't decide if it was a first or third person book, partly because it blitzed between perspectives without really letting the reader understand either--Nathaniel's chapters were a bit stronger than Bartimaeus's, as the djinni's chapters are really just endless snark. But if you turn your brain off, it's a pretty fun ride.

Jan 25, 2016

Love this series, espesially how the characters are all flawed. Nathanian is a prissy brat and Bartimus is AMAZINGLY funny......recomend to everyone

Nov 06, 2015

This is a interesting book. If you like some of the initial harry potter series books, you would like this one. Its fast paced. One very unique thing I noticed about this book was its central character. It switches between the magicians apprentice nathaniel and the djinni, Bartimaeus. The perspective switches between a narration and the first person perspective of Bartimaeus. A lot is left for readers reason about the exact nature and personalities of the two lead characters.
It has been a good read and hence I am starting on on the next installment of this trilogy

Aug 01, 2014

Personally, I love all the funny footnotes bartimaeus puts at the bottom of the page, which makes the book that much better

Jan 24, 2014

An engaging, amusing read. Recommended.

Jan 22, 2014

Best book out of the trilogy. It's possible to just read this one and not the rest of the trilogy because you can either leave the ending as is or read the rest of the books, which are good also. Bartimaeus is my favorite character. I love the sarcasm, wit and humor. but he's loyal as well and can take things seriously. Kitty complained a lot in the second book but she makes up for it in the third. Nathaniel makes some serious character developments. that ending though.

Bartimaeus is still my favorite but Nathaniel sure tried.

Jul 07, 2013

Not my style:-(. I think the plot is difficult to follow at times. I like books such as percy jackson because there is much more adventure and mystery

Lexicon_ Sep 01, 2012

This book is such a treat! Stroud provides intricate detail while maintaing a steady pace - you won't want to put this book down!

Bartimeaus has the perfect balance of humour and arrogance so that he does not seem overbearing, while Nathaniels' arrogance is kept in check (from being annoying) by his fallibility.

This story line is a complete gem. It may not have received the same publicity as other wizarding non-fiction, but it should not be compared to them, anyway. This book holds its own, and is well worth the read, be you child or adult!

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Jul 13, 2009

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Feb 22, 2009

when Nathaniel is 5, he is taken in as the apprentice of a magician.
he is awed by his master's stupendous magical capability. little does he know that in only a few years, he will be capable of even more.
when Nathaniel summons up bartimeus, one of the most powerful genies in the magical world, he will dive deeper into the vast world of magic than he ever could have fathomed before

lucky Oct 24, 2008

Nathaniel has been adopted by a grudging middle-class magician. He is eager to learn how to summon demons, but has he finally crossed the line? Will it cost him his life?


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Aug 02, 2014

"Sometimes you human beings are so dense" -Bartimaeus


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