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The Bartimaeus Trilogy 1- The Amulet of Samarkand

by Jonathan Stroud

In the first book of this trilogy, Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice bent on revenge for public humiliation. To help him in his quest for vengance, Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus, a sarcastic djinni to steal a magical amulet, which leads to evil plots and genral havoc. If you like fantasy, betrayal, demons, and magic, this is the book for you!

Average: 5 (2 votes)
submitted by Neko G., age 12
(January 8, 2009 - 6:38 pm)

I started this book, and I just had to stop. It wasn't good! It just seemed so phony, like some sort of hoax. It was impossible to really believe what you were reading!

submitted by Ima Bookworm
(April 13, 2009 - 2:05 pm)

Hah! I luvs this book!!! Bartimaeus is soooooo funny!!! I love his footnotes about the types of demons or how ridiculous Nathaniel looks!!!

submitted by Jenni T, age 12, Nowhere
(April 19, 2009 - 12:36 pm)

Bartimaeus is very funny, and I love the plot of it. The way it treats time and perspective are interesting.

submitted by Reuben K
(April 22, 2009 - 6:39 am)

well, this book was pretty good. I just had a bit of trouble getting through the beginning, which was a bit hard to understand  at first. After I got started, though, I loved this book! I especially liked Bartimaeus's footnotes. THey were what made the book so funny!

submitted by Haylee J. , age 12, San Diego, CA
(April 24, 2009 - 11:34 pm)

Oh, I LOVED the Bartemaeus trilogy! The footnotes were hilarious, and the ending was so well thought out and fitting.

submitted by Mary W., age 11.25, NJ
(May 3, 2009 - 6:21 pm)

Yes. Good books. And to those of you who haven't heard of it, I'll interest you a little. In the third book of the trilogy, at the beginning of the book, the main character is trapped under a-

submitted by DragonPhoenix
(June 7, 2009 - 11:33 am)

Ha! I remember that! It was sort of pathetic but the outcome was super funny. And in the first book, it was so entertaining the main character (Bartimaeus) threatens the messenger with---- then makes him ----- Loved that part.


These are great books. Get past the silliness, enjoy the humor and great writing.

submitted by Ellie K
(May 31, 2010 - 1:15 pm)