Bartimaeus Trilogy – The Amulet of Samarkand

Ladies and Gentlemen, as promised … Edrill Da Silva!!

*more drumrolls and fanfare mingling with loud applause*

Here goes nothing! My first try 😀

The first book of the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, The Amulet of Samarkand tells of a magician’s young apprentice, Nathaniel, who summons a 5000 year old djinn called Bartimaeus to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from a very powerful magician. Needless to say, when you’re a young and cocky apprentice trying to steal a very precious talisman from a very nasty and powerful magician hell-bent on unleashing something far nastier than himself, you’re just opening yourself up to a world of trouble!

Mixing some Middle-Eastern folklore with a relatively (depends on how old you are!) modern-day London, Stroud takes us through a world where magicians walk among us, run governments and quite possibly spy on you in the shower(unsubstantiated though, as there’s no mention of it in the book)!!

A very well-crafted, humorous tale of fantasy and magic. Lots of sarcastic humour abounds, especially when narrated by Bartimaeus. The djinn and the magician’s apprentice are two very different characters (not people!) and having them put together in the setting of this book makes for some very interesting, and humorous reading. But the book isn’t just humour! Perhaps I should talk about something else pertaining to this book apart from the humour. How does murder, blackmail and some spying grab you?! See, not just funny!

While definitely not a book that will make you wander across the universe in search of the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, it will still provide you with a very entertaining read!! In fact, so entertaining was it for me that I had to immediately hunt for the remainder of the trilogy and read them too!! And then, a few months later, I read them all over again! Of course, that could also just be my ADD & short attention span! But I digress! This is a great book for a light read, without taxing your brain or your soul!

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