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

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Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.
 

About Jonathan Stroud

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Author Bio: Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as The Leap, The Last Siege, Buried Fire, and Heroes of the Valley. He lives in England with his family.
 
Published December 13, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 476 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Arrogantly summoning a djinni to help him steal an amulet from slickly evil Simon Lovelace, he’s swept into a swirl of events involving conspiracy at the highest government level.

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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud 486pp, Doubleday, £12.99 This first volume in a promised trilogy is set in an alternate England - at least, I hope it's not ours - where the ruling classes are cold-hearted, self-centred magicians who derive their power from their ability to summon...

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Publishers Weekly

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This graphic novel adaptation by Donkin and Sullivan wisely keeps all the virtues of the original, adding fantastic visuals of this complicated world and colorful characters.

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In a starred review, PW called this novel narrated by an ancient djinn, Bartimaeus, bonded to a 10-year-old magician in modern-day London a "darkly tantalizing tale.

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and Bartimaeus, a 5,000 year old djinni, summoned by Nathaniel to steal the magical Amulet of Samarkand and effect Nathaniel's revenge on the famous London magician Simon Lovelace.

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The Bookbag

When you summon a demon the last thing you want is for you to lose power over it - for the shoe to end up on the other foot.

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Teen Reads

But if you're looking for some good --- no, not just good --- great fantasy, the only book you need to go home with the next time you shop or visit the library is THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND, the first book in The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud.

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Common Sense Media

During the time when Bartimaeus is telling the story he puts little footnotes in that really add to the humor of the book.

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Common Sense Media

Finding his master, Mr. Underwood, weak both in character and magic, he teaches himself from books, and finds in himself a level of talent that no one else suspects.

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Boomtron

In one scene, out of nowhere, a magician shoots a “plasma bolt”, which at the time of reading was rather shocking after being told the power of a magician is largely based on summons, and was told earlier the summons is what separates Magicians from common tricksters and charlatans.

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Ideomancer

The amulet Nathaniel sends Bartimaeus after is a part of a much larger plot— this in a society where power can be achieved by killing off those currently holding that power.

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