Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge in... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Nathaniel is a young magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hotshot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge in his mind, he masters one of the toughest feats of all: summoning the djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, blackmail, and revolt.
Set in modern-day London spiced with magicians and mayhem, this extraordinary, funny, pitch-perfect thriller will dazzle the myriad fans of Artemis Fowl and the His Dark Materials trilogy.
“Hey, it was his first time. I wanted to scare him. And I did, too.”Bartimaeus
“One magician demanded that I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror.”Bartimaeus
“Watch where you leave your victims! I stubbed my toe on that!”Bartimaeus
“Minor magicians take pains to fit this traditional wizardly bill. By contrast, the really powerful magicians take pleasure in looking like accountants.”Bartimaeus
“That did it. I'd gone through a lot in the past few days. Everyone I met seemed to want a piece of me: djinn, magicians, humans...it made no difference.I'd been summoned, manhandled, shot at, captured, constricted, bossed about and generally taken for granted. And now, to cap it all, this bloke was joining in too, when all I'd been doing was quietly trying to kill him.”Bartimaeus
“He sounded almost eager. Wrong emotion, kid--try fear.”Bartimaeus
“I even know a djinni once who was imprisoned in a dirty old lamp.”Bartimaeus
“Yes, it is your fault, but, er, don't blame yourself. Life's for the living...and, erm....Oh, whatever.”Bartimaeus
“Running's good if your skin needs saving.”Bartimaeus
“Ignorance is bliss.”Maurice Schyler
“I had a chance at him now. Things were a bit more even. He knew my name, I knew his. He had six years' experience, I had five thousand and ten. That was the kind of odds that you could do something with.”Bartimaeus
“He was transfixed at the sight of the lords and ladies of his realm running about like demented chickens”Bartimaeus
“I'm still not impressed. Murder's part of the game for you lot. I mean, you're obsessed with revenge already, and you're only about six."”Bartimaeus
“Just what I needed: an amorous bird.”Bartimaeus
“These polite asterisks replace a short, censored episode characterized by bad language and some sadly necessary violence. When we pick up the story again, everything is as before, except I am perspiring slightly and the contrite imp is the model of cooperation.”Bartimaeus (footnote)
Followed by The Golem's Eye.
Followed by The Golem's Eye.
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