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Nathaniel Is A Boy Magician In Training, Sold To The Government By His Birth Parents At The Age Of Five And Sent To Live As An Apprentice To A Master Powerful Magicians Rule Britain, And Its Empire, And Nathaniel Is Told His Is The Ultimate Sacrifice For A Noble Destiny If Leaving His Parents And Erasing His Past Life Isn T Tough Enough, Nathaniel S Master, Arthur Underwood, Is A Cold, Condescending, And Cruel Middle Ranking Magician In The Ministry Of Internal Affairs The Boy S Only Saving Grace Is The Master S Wife, Martha Underwood, Who Shows Him Genuine Affection That He Rewards With Fierce Devotion Nathaniel Gets Along Tolerably Well Over The Years In The Underwood Household Until The Summer Before His Eleventh Birthday Everything Changes When He Is Publicly Humiliated By The Ruthless Magician Simon Lovelace And Betrayed By His Cowardly Master Who Does Not Defend HimNathaniel Vows Revenge In A Faustian Fever, He Devours Magical Texts And Hones His Magic Skills, All The While Trying To Appear Subservient To His Master When He Musters The Strength To Summon The , Year Old Djinni Bartimaeus To Avenge Lovelace By Stealing The Powerful Amulet Of Samarkand, The Boy Magician Plunges Into A Situation Dangerous And Deadly Than Anything He Could Ever Imagine 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 B 72% More than Satisfactory NotesAn interesting premise and humorous to boot, but the story s flat, characters aren t very deep and the ending s weak. 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 apprenticein 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 to be just a phenomenon, but could be a genre as well, as long as there are people out there who have the capacity, as Jonathan Stroud does, to create new worlds While Harry Potter may always be on the top of the heap better protagonists , don t make me choose between Dobby and Bartimaeus it will only end in house elf tears.Now, Stroud s magical rules, the key to success in the genre, are simple, spirits control magic, magicians control spirits Now, if Krazy Christians thought Harry Potter was warping little kids minds, then I m surprised they haven t caught on to this series, with its pentacle circles and summoning demons The plot works, though between action, it can slow down considerably, but the magical scenes are pretty fantastic, and, while HP has managed to sadden me on occasion, this book was the first that scared me with its monsters.But the jewel in the crown is Bartimaeus While I imagine writing books can be hard for some people, writing a character like Bartimaeus must make Stroud love his job Barty s sarcastic, powerful, arrogant, informative, and all in all, seeing the magical world through his asides and footnotes makes the book Unlike early Harry Potters, Stroud does not provide explanations of magic with a lengthy paragraph Instead, our teacher is the salty djinni, who wise cracks his way through our magical education.All in all, his character would be worth the read, but all of the magic created by Stroud delights You d be surprised how original someone can be post Hogwarts. 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 with this book is a relaxed tone, a great sense of humor and a worthwhile adventure Normally I don t go in for pseudo sci fi or fantasy that includes that 4th wall breaker the sarcastic narrator with a modern sensibility and a sassy tongue, but this one works It s humor, mostly derived from Bartimaeus the wisecracking cynical djinni summoned to do a boy s will, reminded me of P.G Wodehouse, while its snide self satisfaction was reminiscent of Harry Harrison s work, especially his character Slippery Jim of Stainless Steel Rat It s good, self referrential stuff like that that doesn t disturb the suspension of disbelief, at least not for me The action follows the aforementioned snide demon like djinni and a petulant boy yeah, not a lot to choose from there in the main character line I mean, I don t require a white knight to side with as my story s hero, but rooting for a coupla dicks can be tough Yet Stroud makes it work By the end you re pulling for these two to save the day The lead up to that end by the way does drag a bit just before it breaks into the exciting climax It s one of the book s few faults Another would be how the pov flitters back and forth between the two main characters at breakneck speed by the end too much for my taste, but that s a minor, personal annoyance and doesn t really damage the story too much In the end, this is a 4 Star book that gets an extra star from me for pure enjoyment reasons