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Diana Wynne Jones enjoys The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud’s novel of imps and magicians, amulets and politicians, set in an. The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) [Jonathan Stroud] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nathaniel is a magician’s. Editorial Reviews. Review. Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the The Amulet of Samarkand: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 1 by [Stroud, Jonathan. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing Playing Loading.

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In Warner Bros. Enjoying insulting his master for appearance, emotions, as well as stupidity, the chapters that he narrates often contain humorous footnotes that add information on the nature of spirits and his history.

Nathaniel is a boy sold by his parents at the age of six into apprenticeship to a Whitehall magician named Arthur Underwood, a petty bureaucrat who compensates for his lack of professional influence and respect among his peers by ruling his home like a despot.

The djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by a young magician, Nathaniel, and sent off to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from stoud sinister Simon Lovelace.

A chandelier in the first book is said to be made of “crystal taken from the ruins of Versailles ” and it is implied that France, Germany, as well as Italy obey Britain. It was very well-written, with an intriguing plot and engaging wit.

Magicians in fact rule the whole world; a conniving and duplicitous lot, the world is in some strife thanks to them. It’s tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. This book has thd much of them, however, and most of them were either useless or flat-out unamusing. In the second book, she attempted to charm and seduce Mandrake to get information for her master, Henry Duvall, though she was never associated with the conspiracy.

It also addresses the fact that actions stroid consequences that cannot be undone, and how that is a lesson so few people, when motivated by self-interest, seem able to learn. London in the trilogy still has the Crystal Palacewhere the climax occurs. Also I didn’t think the supporting cast was very well developed i.


In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. Twice I read this book and no other experience was so fulfilling. May 27, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: When push comes to shove, he’d stand up and fight. Benedict rated it really liked it.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

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. Children and teenagers reviews. Return to Book Page. Although he is only a middle-class djinni, his quick wits often save him in difficult situations.

That being said, I must admit that it was more frustrating than enjoyable for me. He pays homage to The Arabian Nights and to any “ripping yarn” you care to name, but the Charles Dickens of Oliver Twist and David Copperfield is also in there; and this strange mix is made new by being transposed into a country slightly – but only slightly – reminiscent of Kingsley Amis’s The Alteration.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud book review

They are both amazing series but different in their own right. Due to the lack of steam-engines and other steam-based technologies, I reckon the setting was present day London. Dec 27, Robin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Don’t read this book–listen to it!

In the first book, Nathaniel is a 12 year old magicians apprentice whom defeats Simon Lovelace’s attempts to become prime minister. 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. He assumes his magician name, John Mandrake, to protect him from rivals who would wish to harm him.

I must say that the fact this novel is considered a children’s book surprised me because it is quite dark and gloomy in its atmosphere. Increasingly during the time period of these stories, some commoners are born with a resistance to magic, or a sensitivity to its presence, or with the ability to see demons naturally.

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1) by Jonathan Stroud

Published inthe second book picks up two years and eight months later and features Nathaniel as a junior magician working his way saamarkand the government ranks. Told from the very different viewpoints of Bartimaeus a jonathn 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.


He does have a very unique and recognizable sense of humour and kudos to author, not just for creating it but also for maintaining it in the narrative. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. As Nathaniel grew up, from what he told us, Underwood seemed to be one of the weakest ministers — no more than a stooge.

Bartimaeus lives in a world where magicians gain their power not from magic, but rather controlling otherworld entities through words and symbols.

The Amulet of Samarkand

His motive was too simple, to become the new Prime Minister because he wanted to seize power. The one dirty little secret that magicians don’t want the unwashed masses to know yhe that, on their own, they have no power at all, obtaining what little they do have through the various srtoud they summon and bind to them. The first book in the series, publishedintroduces Nathaniel as the gifted year-old apprentice of a middle-aged mid-level magician, Arthur Underwood. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Write a reader review Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. I was instantly captivated by this book.