Due to the success of his first campaign involving the Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel, now fourteen, has been appointed the youngest representative ever to the Office of Internal Affairs, and has been devising traps to capture members of the Resistance--a secretive group of commoners who are... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Due to the success of his first campaign involving the Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel, now fourteen, has been appointed the youngest representative ever to the Office of Internal Affairs, and has been devising traps to capture members of the Resistance--a secretive group of commoners who are determined to undermine the ruling class of magicians. When a magic-sapping Golem’s surprise first attack is labeled an act of Resistance terrorism, Nathaniel reluctantly summons Bartimaeus for help. Meanwhile, a zealous young member of the Resistance, Kitty Jones, is planning to rob the sacred tomb of the great magician Gladstone, and turn the power of his buried magical instruments against the spell makers. The towering clay Golem and its shadowy master unites the destinies of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty together in one fateful night--unfortunately, that night is much too slow in coming. Stroud’s second book is far too long and gloomy, focusing more on the priggish Nathaniel and wronged Kitty than the dijinni readers have come to adore.
“Would you stop going on about my hair!”Nathaniel
“Hey, we've all got problems, chum. I'm overly talkative. You look like a field of buttercups in a suit.”Bartimaeus
“Check out that one at the end. He's taken the form of a footstool. Weird...but somehow I like his style." "That is a footstool.”Bartimaeus and Nathaniel
“The magical energies have been gradually ebbing through your system," the djinni went on. "Your skin's been steaming gently and the end of each hair's been glowing at the tip. A remarkable sight. Your aura's gone haywire, too. Well, it's a delicate process, ridding yourself of a charge like that. I wanted to wake you straightaway, but I knew I had to wait several hours, to ensure you were safely recoverd." "What! How long has it been?" asked Nathaniel. "Five minutes. I got bored.”Bartimaeus and Nathaniel
“The safest place to swim is right behind the shark.”Mr. Hyrneks
“Surely you hadn't forgotten, you summon me, the backchat comes free. It's part of the package.”Bartimaeus
“Out of the corner of my eye I saw the orangutan scratch his armpit. Either this was a subtle signal promising swift aid, or else he hadn't seen me.”Bartimaeus
“"If she tries any tricks kill her""You'll have to be more specific: card, coin, indian rope- what!"”Nathaniel then Bartimaeus
“"What are you doing! I told you to stop them when they did something that violated our agreement!""Yes, but you broke it yourself if not two minutes ago in a particularly noxious manner if I might add-- Listen if you let go of the staff you can pull your hair out much more easily"”
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