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Bartimaeus 1: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  

Bartimaeus 1: The Amulet of Samarkand

Part of the The Bartimaeus Sequence Series
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This is the first in an unforgettable fantasy sequence called Bartimaeus, every one of which is full of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. When Bartimaeus is packed off against his will by Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition little does he realise the ramifications of it. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages. Stroud’s disparate collection of characters are brilliantly drawn and their actions utterly compelling as you are drawn into this incredible story. The second in the Bartimaeus sequence is The Golem’s Eye and the third is Ptolemy’s Gate. The fourth one, The Ring of Solomon is recently published and is a spell-binding addition to Bartimaeus sequence.

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Bartimaeus 1: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The first volume in the brilliant, best-selling Bartimaeus sequence; now with a brand new cover! When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.


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Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling * Independent * The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative * Guardian * The narrative slips skilfully from first person to third and back and Bartimaeus's voice is laugh-out-loud sassy, while Nathaniel's story has an engaging poignancy as he tries to prove himself in a world in which he has always been despised * The Sunday Times * Not since Gulliver's Travels has a children's writer managed to combine a thrilling tale of magic and adventure with such deliciously pointed comedy * The Times * Terrific stuff * Mail on Sunday *


About the Author

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York university. He has a strong background in children's books -working at Walker, in their Game Book and Non-Fiction departments and Kingfisher Publications, editing children's non-fiction. He has written and edited a number of game books and non-fiction titles for Walker Books. Jonathan now lives in St. Albans with his wife.

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Publication date

2nd September 2010

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Jonathan Stroud

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Publisher

Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Fantasy
NewGen - YA Fiction
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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780552562799

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