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The Amulet of Samarkand

Stroud, Jonathan

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Amulet of Samarkand
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Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Published: New York : Hyperion Books For Children, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 078681859X
Branch Call Number: YA STR
Characteristics: 462 p. ;,22 cm.

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Aug 01, 2014
  • bluethorn_from_windclan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Personally, I love all the funny footnotes bartimaeus puts at the bottom of the page, which makes the book that much better

Jan 24, 2014
  • galactickim rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An engaging, amusing read. Recommended.

Jan 22, 2014
  • mwong rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book out of the trilogy. It's possible to just read this one and not the rest of the trilogy because you can either leave the ending as is or read the rest of the books, which are good also. Bartimaeus is my favorite character. I love the sarcasm, wit and humor. but he's loyal as well and can take things seriously. Kitty complained a lot in the second book but she makes up for it in the third. Nathaniel makes some serious character developments. that ending though.

Bartimaeus is still my favorite but Nathaniel sure tried.

Jul 07, 2013
  • mattia rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not my style:-(. I think the plot is difficult to follow at times. I like books such as percy jackson because there is much more adventure and mystery

Jun 21, 2013
  • agentcarr16 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Highly entertaining read.
Well developed characters, with satisfyingly realistic encounters. A good read for anyone who enjoys magic.

Everybody thinks this is just a book for younger kids... but it is super smart and does a great job of mixing history and magic to create a fictional London, ruled by magicians and their demons. Furthermore, Bartimaeus is one of funniest characters and most entertaining narrators you are likely to encounter.

Sep 01, 2012
  • AfrikasGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is such a treat! Stroud provides intricate detail while maintaing a steady pace - you won't want to put this book down!

Bartimeaus has the perfect balance of humour and arrogance so that he does not seem overbearing, while Nathaniels' arrogance is kept in check (from being annoying) by his fallibility.

This story line is a complete gem. It may not have received the same publicity as other wizarding non-fiction, but it should not be compared to them, anyway. This book holds its own, and is well worth the read, be you child or adult!

Aug 22, 2012
  • lexikeeler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bartimaeus: arrogant and hilarious. Nathaniel: arrogant and unlikable. Not sure why that was such a winning combination, but it was! The story is complex, funny and imaginative. Can't wait to read the next one. Would recommend to 9+.

Apr 28, 2012
  • lms rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the first in a series describing Nathaniel's tenuous journey into magic with the help of Batimaeus. Listen to it on audio - you can't stop!

Feb 17, 2012
  • Hazeldeantag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The great use of the dual point of view makes this novel an amazing fantasy tale. I strongly recommend this book to fantasy lovers.

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Aug 02, 2014
  • bluethorn_from_windclan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bluethorn_from_windclan thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jul 07, 2013
  • mattia rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

mattia thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 27, 2011
  • bookKITTY rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 24, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 13, 2009
  • Christina946 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

Feb 28, 2009
  • zorg rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

when Nathaniel is 5, he is taken in as the apprentice of a magician.
he is awed by his master's stupendous magical capability. little does he know that in only a few years, he will be capable of even more.
when Nathaniel summons up bartimeus, one of the most powerful genies in the magical world, he will dive deeper into the vast world of magic than he ever could have fathomed before

Oct 24, 2008
  • lucky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nathaniel has been adopted by a grudging middle-class magician. He is eager to learn how to summon demons, but has he finally crossed the line? Will it cost him his life?

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Aug 02, 2014
  • bluethorn_from_windclan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Sometimes you human beings are so dense" -Bartimaeus

Jul 31, 2012
  • chelseavandermeer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“It sounds to me, young one," Haddek said, "that you are searching for something that cannot be found."
"The truth?" Sazed asked.
"No," Haddek replied. "A religion that requires no faith of its believers."

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