The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, #1)
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The Amulet of Samarkand

by Jonathan Stroud
Release date: 2003
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult
Tags: mythopoeic awards

"One of this year's most inventive and ingenious novels." – Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

A young magician's apprentice, Nathaniel, secretly summons the irascible 5000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus, to do his bidding. The task for Bartimaeus is not an easy one – he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, Barimaeus and Nathaniel are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, rebellion and murder.

Set in modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, bestselling thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

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An absolutely interesting novel and trilogy. The Bartimaeus Trilogy has remarkably alike feeling to it than there is in Susanna Clarke's novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. The atmosphere is something I would call delicious. There is some very interesting darkness in them, some very interesting conflicts. The Amulet of Samarkand introduces us into the parallel world of our own, into the history not so unlike than the reality we think we know. I certainly like the feeling of the book which ... (more)
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