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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. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the “ultimate sacrifice” for a “noble destiny. The boy’s only saving grace is the master’s wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday.
Everything changes when sroud is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Amulef by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine.
HardcoverUS First Editionpages. London, England United Kingdom. Samqrkand see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Amulet of Samarkandplease sign up. Harry Potter fanatics, jonatahn do the Bartimaeus books compare? Kay I don’t think they are similar at all. The writing style is totally different and with alternating points of view. The underlying themes are also very …more I don’t think they are similar at all.
The underlying themes are also very different. They are both amazing series but different in their own right. Um would you consider this book to people to have a fun time reading? Leonie It has a lot of sarcasm and the main character likes being witty, overly honest and talkative. So I’d consider this book really funny the footnotes …more It has a lot of sarcasm and the main character likes being witty, overly honest and talkative.
So I’d consider this book really funny the footnotes are especially good additionally to the great plot, so yes I guess? See all 10 questions about The Amulet of Samarkand…. Lists with This Book. This book had some ground to make up to begin with because after checking its copyright date, all I samarkad think was, “It’s a book Well, there is one big way in which it’s like Harry Potter I stayed up all night reading it. This is a FANTASTIC book, one that suggests that Harry Potter books don’t have to be just a phenomenon, but could be a genre as well, as long as there are people out there who have the capacity, as Jonathan Stroud does, to create new worlds.
While Harry Potter may always be on the top of the heap better protagonistsdon’t make me choose between Dobby and Bartimaeus; it will only end in house-elf tears. Now, Stroud’s magical rules, the key to success in the genre, are simple, spirits control magic, magicians control spirits. Now, if Krazy Christians thought Harry Potter was warping little kids’ minds, then I’m surprised they haven’t caught on to this series, with its pentacle circles and summoning “demons.
But the jewel in the amuler is Bartimaeus.
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While I imagine writing books can be hard for some people, writing a character like Bartimaeus must make Stroud love his job. Barty’s sarcastic, powerful, arrogant, informative, and all in all, seeing the magical world through his asides and footnotes makes amulte book.
Unlike early Harry Potters, Stroud does not provide explanations of magic with a lengthy paragraph. Instead, our teacher is the salty djinni, who wise-cracks his way through our magical education. All in all, his character would be worth the read, but all of the magic created by Stroud delights.
You’d be surprised how original someone can be post-Hogwarts. View all 23 comments. Aug 01, Jayson rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 18 comments.
Oct 03, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Within the first few sentences my heart sank. Oh no, I thought, fanciful purple prose attempting to set a magical aura about the opening scene. Well syroud, sir, well played.
One thing The Amulet of Samarkand does not do is take itself too seriously. That was a relief. I had approached this with trepidation.
I’d heard good things, but I wasn’t in the mood for some heavy going in a kiddies’ fantasy world with evil baddies, precocious sprites, etc.
Jonnathan, instead what you get Within the first few sentences my heart sank. No, instead what you get with this book is a relaxed tone, a great sense of humor and a worthwhile adventure. Normally I don’t go in for pseudo sci-fi or fantasy that includes that 4th wall breaker: It’s humor, mostly derived from Bartimaeus the wisecracking cynical djinni summoned to do a boy’s will, reminded me of P. Wodehouse, while its snide self-satisfaction was reminiscent of Harry Harrison’s work, especially his character “Slippery Jim” of Stainless Steel Rat.
It’s good, self-referrential stuff like that that doesn’t disturb the suspension of disbelief, at least not for me.
The action follows the aforementioned snide demon-like djinni and a petulant boy…yeah, not a lot to choose from there in the main character line. I mean, I don’t require a white knight to side with as my story’s hero, but rooting for a coupla dicks can be tough!
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Yet Stroud makes it work. By the end you’re pulling for these two to “save the day. It’s one of jonathqn book’s few faults. Another would be how the pov flitters back and forth between the two main characters – at breakneck speed by the end – too much for my taste, but that’s a minor, personal annoyance and doesn’t really damage the story too much.
In the end, this is a 4 Star book that gets an extra star from me for pure enjoyment reasons! View all 6 comments. May 03, Judith rated it it was ok Shelves: Aamulet the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent amulwt.
The general plot is, of course, standard fantasy fare save the world! Also, there appears to be a second plot running under the main one which will obviously be continued in the later books, and this plot seems much more promising.
Story-wise, this first installment in The Bartimaeus Trilogy is respectably good. However, the writing failed to appeal to If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel.
However, the writing failed to appeal to me in many ways that, were they not already in my possession, I might not even bother with the next two books. The gratuitous footnotes did not help. This book has too much of them, however, and most of them were either useless or flat-out unamusing.
It makes me wonder if Mr. Stroud let an editor touch his book he is, after all, an editor himself. A number of the useful footnotes could also have been incorporated into the normal narrative with a bit of rearrangement. It would have been easier to absorb, would have saved me from moving my eyes, and would have kept the book flowing smoothly.
This made them so isolated, it was nearly impossible to relate to them. The story is all right nothing revolutionary, though interesting but the humor falls flat, the prose is cold, and the characters are not very loveable.
View all 25 comments. Feb 15, Leah rated it it was amazing. Such a wise-cracking djinn, such a tiny, jerkish upstart. You will absolutely devour this book. Told from the very different viewpoints of Bartimaeus a smart-aleck djinn who has lived thousands of years and has nothing to show for it but an I rock you don’t attitude and Nathaniel 12 year old jerkwad apprentice whose lifelong dream is to be a huge im portant government official and have millions of obedient djinn slaves at his fingertips.
Bartimaeus isn’t making it easy for hi Such a wise-cracking djinn, such a tiny, jerkish upstart. Bartimaeus isn’t making it easy for him this book is a full of humor and helps us to know the true meaning of friendship a little better. Even if the friends sometimes hate each other for a while.
This unlikeliest of pairs will do their best to undermine a conspiracy against the fat, lazy, corrupt government and share a few moments that will make you laugh out loud in the process.
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Nov 18, Alice rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really loved this book, the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. It’s tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. But the similarities really end there.
In Stroud’s world, magicians have no power of their own – their power lies in the knowledge of how to summon and enslave spirits, like the djinni Bartimaeus, to do their will.