Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Bartimaeus Sequence: The Amulet of Samarkand

Penned By: Jonathan Stroud   

Welcome to a world where magicians are the ruling class but the real power lies in the creatures they enslave. One young boy slated to be a magician, Nathaniel, will rebel against the system and defy convention to better his life. The djinni, Bartimaeus is Nathaniel's only saving grace but will the mischieveous Bart prove to be his greatest ally or greatest enemy. The story starts slowly with excellent detail and quickly spirals into a harrowing adventure and surprise ending. A fun and thought proving tale that allows the question, is there a right to every side?

Quote: "The shattering of an elemental sphere in an enclosed space is always a frightening and destructive act: the smaller the space, or the bigger the sphere, the worse the consequences are."

Genus: Fantastical Worlds

Era: Everyone

Difficulty: 3

Determination: For the genus lover

Series: Yes, 1st of 4

Film: Up in the air
Your type of tale? Try these: The Golden Compass (Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman, A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony, The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Cool Stuff:  Bart's Journal     Audio clip by author      Disney's Bartimaeus Website

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