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The Amulet Of Samarkand

Written by Jonathan Stroud

Part of the The Bartimaeus Sequence Series

The Amulet Of Samarkand Synopsis

The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence. When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

The Amulet Of Samarkand Press Reviews

Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling * Independent * The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative * Guardian * The narrative slips skilfully from first person to third and back and Bartimaeus's voice is laugh-out-loud sassy, while Nathaniel's story has an engaging poignancy as he tries to prove himself in a world in which he has always been despised * The Sunday Times * Not since Gulliver's Travels has a children's writer managed to combine a thrilling tale of magic and adventure with such deliciously pointed comedy * The Times * Terrific stuff * Mail on Sunday *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552562799
Publication date: 2nd September 2010
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 496 pages

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide. As well as four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE, Jonathan is now writing a chilling new series called LOCKWOOD & CO. He lives in Hertfordshire with his family.

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