The Amulet of Samarkand

Nathaniel is a magician s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic But when a devious hot shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who s boss With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus But summoning BartimaNathaniel is a magician s apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic But when a devious hot shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who s boss With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace s greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.
The Amulet of Samarkand Nathaniel is a magician s apprentice taking his first lessons in the arts of magic But when a devious hot shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders Nath

  • Title: The Amulet of Samarkand
  • Author: Jonathan Stroud
  • ISBN: 9780786852550
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Jonathan Stroud

    Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.In May 1999, Stroud published his first children s novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy mythology children s books.Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons This is done by examining the perspective of the sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem s Eye, and Ptolemy s Gate, his first books to be published in the United States Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his two children, Isabelle and Arthur, and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children s books.

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    • Ian said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      This book had some ground to make up to begin with because after checking its copyright date, all I could think was, "It's a bookabout a magic apprentice Englandwritten after Harry Potter." And that meant that I was skeptical, although not to the degree that I thought the main character would be named Barry Cotter or something.Well, there is one big way in which it's like Harry PotterI stayed up all night reading it.This is a FANTASTIC book, one that suggests that Harry Potter books don't have t [...]

    • Jason Koivu said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Within the first few sentences my heart sank. Oh no, I thought, fanciful purple prose attempting to set a magical aura about the opening scene. "GOTCHA!" shouted Stroud. Well played, sir, well played.One thing The Amulet of Samarkand does not do is take itself too seriously. That was a relief. I had approached this with trepidation. I'd heard good things, but I wasn't in the mood for some heavy going in a kiddies' fantasy world with evil baddies, precocious sprites, etc. No, instead what you get [...]

    • Judith said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel. The general plot is, of course, standard fantasy fare (save the world!) but its details and the world built to drive it is unique. Also, there appears to be a second plot running under the main one which will obviously be continued in the later books, and this plot seems much more promising.Story-wise, this first installment in The Bartimaeus Trilogy is respectably good. However, the writing failed to appeal to [...]

    • Leah said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Such a wise-cracking djinn, such a tiny, jerkish upstart. You will absolutely devour this book. It's hilarious. Told from the very different viewpoints of Bartimaeus ( a smart-aleck djinn who has lived thousands of years and has nothing to show for it but an I rock you don't attitude) and Nathaniel (12 year old jerkwad apprentice whose lifelong dream is to be a huge im portant government official and have millions of obedient djinn slaves at his fingertips. Bartimaeus isn't making it easy for hi [...]

    • Alice said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      I really loved this book, the first of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.It's tempting to compare the book to the Harry Potter series. Young boy. Magic. Sneaking around. Breaking the rules. Stern teachers. But the similarities really end there.In Stroud's world, magicians have no power of their own - their power lies in the knowledge of how to summon (and enslave) spirits, like the djinni Bartimaeus, to do their will. These magicians are the proud, arrogant, entitled upperclass that pretty much oppress the [...]

    • Angela said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      This is a difficult book to rate: It was very well-written, with an intriguing plot and engaging wit. That being said, I must admit that it was more frustrating than enjoyable for me.The main problem was that I disliked both of the main characters: one is a wily demon (Bartimaeus), and the other is a 12-year-old kid who is way too smart for his own good (Nathaniel). I think you'd get a similar result if you paired C.S. Lewis's Screwtape with Rowling's Draco Malfoy. Don't get me wrong - I love "T [...]

    • Ashley said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Like many people in the early 2000s who found themselves clasped in the claws of fierce Pottermania, I was fond of trolling the internet for Potter related stuff. Somewhere, on some website (probably Mugglenet), some industrious soul listed a bunch of books to read while waiting for the next book to come out. This series made the list. I added it to my wishlist pronto, because that’s how I kept track of books I wanted to read before was a thing.And then I didn’t actually read it for twelve [...]

    • Emma said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      This was a reread for me and a whole load of fun it is too! A young and talented magician gets himself in a whole bunch of trouble when he summons a 14th level demon to help in with a task. Bartimaeus, the demon called, is a hilarious character and the story is a rollicking read. Recommended for all ages!

    • Richard said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      This book is very cleverly written, with two alternating strands of narration. One in the third person, tells the story mainly from the point of view of Nathaniel. The other strand gives us a different perspective on the characters and events but it is in the first person, from the point of view of the devious, superior and sarcastic otherworldly being Bartimaeus. While it bears some resemblance to other narratives of the underdog sorceror's apprentice (Harry Potter leaps to mind), this is diffe [...]

    • Zach Judkins said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Maybe I'm feeling slightly defensive, but I honestly believe some of the best books written today are in the childrens/young adult section. Well, the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud is a book that fits completely into the great books written for children. This is one of my favorite childrens book of all time, primarily because of the great characterization of its protagonist, Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus lives in a world where magicians gain their power not from magic, but rather controlling oth [...]

    • Stephen said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      4.5 to 5.0 stars. A very fun read, with an intelligent, engaging magic system and a wonderful title character namely the Djinn Bartimaeus. This is one of my favorite YA fantasy series.

    • Daniel said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Priča o dečaku iz Londona koji raste uz Gospodara koji ga ne podnosi ali je primoran da ga trpi. I dečak oće da postane moćan čarobnjak. Zvuči poznato :) Ali glavna razlika je u samoj magiji u odnosu na druge slične poriče pošto ovde nema bacanja čini u klasičnom smislu već se prizivaju magična bića koja bacaju čini za vas. Bića ima različitih klasa i snage itd. Sasvim fino smišljen sistem.Sama priča je u suštini jednostavna ali je prošarana sa puno humora (naročito sarkas [...]

    • Yasamin Seifaee said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      ساعت 5 و ربع صبح و من این کتاب رو برای بار دوم خوندم :)شاید ریویو نوشتم شاید هم ننوشتم. ولی دوباره خوندن این کتاب برام لذت بخش بود. :)ویرایش:هومم دلم میخواد خیلی چیزا بگم ولی همه ی حرفام برای جلد سومه. که وقتی انشالله دو جلد بعدی رو هم دوباره خوندم تو ریویو جلد سوم میگم :دیولی شاید ا [...]

    • Ivana Books Are Magic said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Getting straight to the point. I absolutely loved The Amulet of Samarkand. This novel written by Jonathan Stroud was such a pleasant surprise. Don't you just love when that happens? You pick up a book from some author you have never heard off but before you know it, you're totally immersed in it and enjoying fully the reading experience. Yes, that's the best feeling in the world or just about. That was pretty much my experience with my first Jonathan Stroud novel, which also happens to be the fi [...]

    • David said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      This is a hilarious, fast-paced book about a world where many state governments are ruled by magicians. Great Britain, for example, is governed by an elite group of magicians--many of whom are greedy, ambitious, and uncaring for other people. Magicians themselves have limited powers; most of their strength stems from their ability to summon powerful demons who are obligated to do their bidding.At the age of six, Nathaniel is apprenticed to a mediocre, hypocritical, incompetent self-consumed magi [...]

    • AH said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      What an awesome book to listen to on a very long car trip! The narrator was incredible. He was able to change up voices and input just the right amount of pomposity into Bartimeus' character to make him both believable and humorous. For those looking for a book in a similar vein to the Harry Potter series, this story of a young apprentice magician is a must read. I would recommend the audio version to children ages 9+. The parents in the car enjoyed the story, too.This audio book was downloaded [...]

    • Femmy said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      I love this book! A djinn with an attitude (who had me constantly chuckling to myself), and a boy bent on revenge. Great characters, fast-paced action, fully-realized world with a cool magic system, what more could you want?What I appreciate most, though, is that the characters face real danger. None of that false suspense -- you know, like the ones you see on movies/television like Prison Break. Apologies for the fans, but it really irked me whenever Michael Scofield is in the tunnel and the gu [...]

    • Anna said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Απολαυστικότατο ΥΑ με ένα τζίνι που εκτελεί τις επιθυμίες του εκάστοτε αφέντη του σχολιάζοντάς τες!!!Κλασικό παραμύθι, με συμπεθέστατους χαρακτήρες και μια πολύ ευχάριστη περιπέτεια. Το χιούμορ του όμως είναι αυτό που το κάνει να ξεχωρίζει. Πάρτε το δώρο σε αδερφάκια - ξαδε [...]

    • Jamie said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      A very interesting and fun read. Bartimaeus is an unforgettable character and very witty. Well done Jonathan Stroud for a well invented young adult, fantasy novel. I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would.When I first started reading, the pace was a bitwell, I guess scattered is the best way to put it. But Stroud quickly picks up the pieces and creates a unique and thorough environment and story. The book is written in two styles. The first is first person with Bartimaeus. He is [...]

    • Robin said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      I was given this book by my husband because I was feeling a bit overwelmed by a number of large fantasy reads I had on my TBR file. I had just read a number of "smaller" works and really enjoyed them.I was instantly captivated by this book. The begining is one of the most creative starts I've seen in a long time. I loved the humor of Bartimaeus and immediately got an impression of the character and I loved is Bravado.I found the footnotes entertaining - I know some people have been crtical of th [...]

    • Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤ said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      4.5 ninja-bunnehs-a-flyin'

    • Luana said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      ‘L’esercito più formidabile di questo tipo che si sia mai visto fu messo insieme dal faraone Tuthmosi III nel 1478 a.C. Comprendeva una legione di afrit e un gruppo di jinn di vario livello, di cui il più notevole era sicuramente… No, la modestia mi impedisce di proseguire.’-Bartimeus Londra ha aperto le porte alla magia, ma questa volta ad attraversarle non sono i già noti ed affezionatissimi Harry&co bensì Nathaniel, apprendista mago, combinaguai, intrepido vendicatore che null [...]

    • Rauf said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      One by one some of my friends got bewitch'd by this book.And I could see why.Now, the book took us into an odd world. Like the setting. The magicians drove cars and used laptop and it got me thinking, Was this set in present day London or did Stroud go steampunk in this one? Due to the lack of steam-engines and other steam-based technologies, I reckon the setting was present day London.The magicians in this book didn't have magical power. Their magicking came from djinns, or stronger creatures [...]

    • Ash said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      I liked this book for many reasons: -> it is about magic and a fantasy fiction (which happens to be my favourite genre)-> it is different and is fresh. It does not look or feel like a ripoff of Harry Potter or Lord of the rings (for a change!) nor does it deal with bloody vampires or werewolves (which I am kinda fed up of)-> a very engaging tale which is very humorous, witty and the main protagonist is not a boy or a girl (for a change!). Instead it is a djinni named Bartimaeus. Reminde [...]

    • সালমান হক said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      Well i do not usually compare any book with Harry potter but this one here just made me do so. It was an amazing read. Nearly everything about the book is just great. Jonathan created a new magical world where magicians have no power of themselves. They use the spirits(imps, djinnis,afrits) to complete their every tasks through summoning and commanding them. They are arrogant, boastful, self-centered creatures(the magicians). Every magician is assigned to train an apprentice.The main protagonist [...]

    • Giovanna said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      4.5“One magician demanded I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror.”I probably should create a shelf called Lys-recommends. Anyway. I actually really really enjoyed this book; I mean, great world-building, good plot, a snarky demm, djinni, what's not to like?The amulet of Samarkand had been sitting in my wishlist for a while, and in spite of that I knew almost nothing about it. I probably added it during one of my crazy-add moments and then forgot to check it out. S [...]

    • Allison said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      The Amulet of Samarkand is set in a modern-day London that is ruled by Magicians. It is written from the perspective of a djinni (demon) and an undervalued magician's apprentice. The plot is clever, and the dual POV take on magical power struggles is unique. The problem is, I didn't like any of the characters. The djinni came the closest because he's an interesting character with a sense of humor, but the boy I didn't like him at all, and he's the most sympathetic human character we meet (I don' [...]

    • Hamidreza said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      اوه عجب کتابی ! هیچ کتابی تا حالا ندیدم که شبیه به این باشه . اطلاعاتی داشت که فقط از یه همچین نویسنده دانا و توانایی بر میومد . بعضی دیالوگاش واقعا به یاد موندنی بود و حالا حالاها جا داره تا روشون فکر کنم و مثال هایشون رو تو زندگی واقعی ببینم . نمیدونم چی دیگه بگم فقط میتونم بگم ک [...]

    • Caleb M. said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      More like a 4.5* rating.This book is fantastic. A well written tale that isn't just for kids, but for adults as well. I still am amazed that some people refuse to read books that are for "kids." I think you are doing yourself a disservice by not branching out to these books that are every bit as fantastic as "adult" books. But I digress and to each his own I suppose.I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this book. I knew that it was wildly popular and I have come across it on multipl [...]

    • Karo said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 10:56 AM

      I was rather sceptical towards this book at first. I was expecting to get a cheap and uninspired Harry Potter-copy but this book, in fact, doesn't have much in common with JK Rowling's popular saga. This book description here sums things up very well:"Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few no [...]

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