The Amulet of Samarkand
By Jonathan Stroud
(Book 1: The Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Alternate History of London with a mischievous djinni
Paperback, 480 pages
Published by Hyperion Books
Released May 3, 2004
Nathaniel is a young magician who has a death wish. At least that’s what Bartimaeus, the 5,000-year old djinni the boy has summoned to do his dirty work decides when Nathaniel bids him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace – a master magician with an unmatched ruthless ambition. Bartimaeus doesn’t really care that the kid is bent on getting himself killed, he just wants to get the job done and leave this dimension. When Lovelace turns out to be more deeply entrenched in a plot of magical rebellion and a string of murders, they both realize this might be more than a ten year old magician and a djinni can handle.
This book is delightfully fun to read. Stroud chose a snarky demon as his anti-hero and I don’t think he could have found a better one than Bartimaeus. A very quick read, my only problem with the book in general was that I still didn’t like Nathaniel by the end.
Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
This is a fun book to have on your shelves, but if you don’t want to buy it, definitely take a trip to the library and check it out.
The Other Place is so much nicer than this…