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The Blue Djinn of Babylon (Children of the Lamp #2)

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Sequel to the NY TIMES Bestseller, The Akhenaten Adventure. John and Phillipa Gaunt, 12 year old twins who recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn (which are commonly called genies) and who are now in possession of great magical powers, have only just returned from their adventures battling an evil djinn in Cairo and London. Now the mystery ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published 2006 (first published 2005)
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May 12, 2013 Mara rated it liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's exciting, it's excellent art, and you can't see the character's face. So, yes, I like it.

Characters: John and Philippa continue to be great kid protagonists, leaping into adventure without too much forethought (but they're not rash, either), and meeting danger head-on. They have a great twin-sibling relationship, teasing each other and fighting sometimes like real siblings, but they're not always constantly at one another's throats, which gets annoying with some sibl
Brett Carrier
Dec 18, 2014 Brett Carrier rated it it was ok
After reading this, the second novel of the Children of the Lamp adventure, I think I'm with the series. The novel is about John and Phillipa Gaunt, two djinn living in New York. To simplify things, a djinn is pretty much a genie. While djinn may seem like an intriguing concept to base a story around, P.B. Kerr makes a lot of mistakes while writing.
First off, the few jokes in the story are repeated many times. It seems like every few pages somebody is telling Phillipa that she is a "djinntellig
Jul 02, 2008 J B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed all of the Children of the Lamp books. Fun, light fantasy geared for children around age 8-mid teens. For adults, there's some good humor and a good writing style we will enjoy as well.
I'm not sure whether I should rate this book 4 stars or 5 stars - it's probably somewhere inbetween. During the first half of the book I wasn't that impressed with the plotline. Phillipa is playing in the Djinnverso tournemort and gets framed for cheating. This bit was alright although I don't really see how it played into the overall storyline. Then John and Phillipa get on a train to meet Issac and Phillipa gets kidnapped. This was written quite well and I thought the thing with the devil was ...more
May 12, 2013 Richard rated it liked it
My thoughts on this book are similar to the first one. The setting for the story is original with the basic storyline itself following a path that is typical to many other middle-grade fantasy books. Having said that, the story in this book was a little bit more original than the first one.

There are many other twists on originality throughout the book, for example there is a spooky ferryman, who would normally be a skeletal figure (Charon style), but in this book he is a copper automaton. It’s t
jamo buttafuoco
Oct 04, 2011 jamo buttafuoco rated it it was amazing
My brother goes to his friend’s house almost every single day. Most of the time, he does not tell my parents that he is going there. If my parents want to go out to dinner or already has something planned, he would never have to come. Rarely, I get invited with Nick (my brother) whether it is golfing, swimming, or just to go over his house. I have a hard decision: either to go with Nick to go over his friends’ house and have fun, or go with my parents to what ever they have planned. For one spe ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pengulangan beberapa poin untuk mengingatkan atau menginformasikan sedikit terlalu banyak, menurut saya, mungkin karena saya membaca buku pertama dan kedua berturutan. Jadi saya kurang toleran untuk hal ini.

Dalam buku kedua ini humor cerdas dan peribahasa yang digunakan mengalir dengan mengesalkan.. haha.. ini menyenangkan, khas tulisan seorang Inggris. Dan saya jadi nge-fans dengan Mr. Groanin dengan ciri khas seorang Inggris kolot, yang biasanya digambarkan dengan suka mengeluh, mengomel untuk
Lynn Alan Heath
Feb 01, 2014 Lynn Alan Heath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful book I would recommend it to everyone.
Eric Schreiber
Jan 08, 2015 Eric Schreiber rated it really liked it
I listened to the first part of this book on a roadtrip with my family, but we didn't get too far in before the ride was over, and they finished it on their own later on. It was interesting, exciting, and suspenseful enough that I chose to read the book myself, and I really enjoyed it. The whole premise of djinn and the rules that bind them, and how they spend their time, and how their society works, and the humorous view of good v. evil (or good luck v. bad luck), and the adventures they go on ...more
Anka Räubertochter
Der zweite Teil der "Kinde des Dschinn" ist auf jeden Fall viel besser als der erste und hat mir diesmal wirklich Freude gemacht. Natürlich darf ich als erwachsener Leser nicht allzu viel erwarten. Übrigens kann man diesen Band auch lesen, ohne seinen Vorgänger gelesen zu haben, da besonders am Anfang viel aus dem ersten Buch erklärt wird. Ich würde sogar empfehlen, "Das Akenathen Abenteuer" zu überspringen, da es viele Längen hat und ziemlich langweilig ist. "Gefangen im Palast von Babylon" ist ...more
This book probably only deserves a four-star rating, because it had it's problems. But those were very minor to me and I found this whole book very enjoyable a loads better than the first one!

It all starts when the Solomon Grimore is reported missing, and the twins, John and Phillipa are called upon to help find it. It soon becomes apparent that this was all a trap however, and Phillipa has now been kidnapped by the most powerful djinn of all - The Blue Djinn of Babylon! John must set out on an
Jan 22, 2010 Max added it
Shelves: 10th-quarter-2
When a powerful book of djinn magic goes missing, John and Philippa are called upon to retrieve it. Only, the book isn't really missing. The trap was set and Philippa is abducted by the Blue Djinn. In this latest installment of the twins' magical adventures, John and his uncle Nimrod must find Philippa before it's too late. This series is the best fiction series I have ever read, and most likely ever read! It is amazing how great these books are. This one's even better than the first. The Djinn ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Trevor rated it it was amazing
Somebody: Nimrod, apowerful djinn and uncle to John and Phillipa Gaut.[ A Djinn is a powerfu being also known as a genie and can grant three wishes to any one who rubs their lamp]

Wanted: He wanted justice to be done to the three evil djinn tribes and return the Solomon Grimoire back to the Blue Djinn of Babylon.

But: A guard from the palace of the Blue Djinn of Babylon has "stolen" it and put a bond on the chidren so they couldn't move

So: Nimrod and John go in search of Phillipa and the Solomon
Zachariah W.
Oct 18, 2010 Zachariah W. rated it liked it
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Jan 08, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
In this second book about djinn twins John and Philippa, Gaunt, they face some hard choices, such as when to use djinn powers and when not. They are introduced here to their "peers", the younger djinns from around the world, but for the most part they don't get along. Part of that is the 'mundane' upbringing of the twins, and part is due to their heritage - they are from the 'good luck' djinns, and many of the others are from the 'bad luck' djinns.

During a tournament, Philippa is unfairly accuse
Mar 09, 2010 Stef rated it it was amazing

The Children of the Lamp series (I've "read" book one and book two on audio-book ... very good audio-presenter!) and am impressed. Great adventure series that's just plain FUN! The author doesn't treat childrens' imagination as though they are idiots (as many other writers can) and understands that kids can follow intertwining story lines with ease. The books are fun for adults and kids alike. The author creates a wonderful lightly-"historical" world that treats the child reader's intelligence w
Sheila Beaumont
In this fun fantasy adventure tale, 12-year-old djinn (genie) twins John and Philippa are sent on a whirlwind (literally, the first part of their journey is via a magical whirlwind conjured by their uncle Nimrod) quest to retrieve the powerful and dangerous Solomon Grimoire, which has been reported stolen. The many twists and turns in the story lead them to Istanbul, Iraq, and French Guiana.

It's a well-written tale filled with thrills, suspense, magic, cultural references (e.g., John Lennon and
Jan 12, 2012 Sabrina rated it it was ok
Shelves: irp-books
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Jan 06, 2010 Shogo rated it really liked it
In this book, two djinn twins, John and Phillipa, have to retrieve the Solomon Grimore book, which is reported stolen. They must travel from New York to Istanbul, get on a train to Berlin to retrieve it from another young djinn. They are tricked and Phillipa is kidnapped. John and three companions must travel from Jordan to Babylon, modern day Iraq (also one of the most dangerous countries in the world), to save his sister from a terrible fate, even worse than death.
In this book the characters a
Ordinary Dahlia
Apr 06, 2009 Ordinary Dahlia rated it really liked it
Pelajaran tentang jin tingkat lanjutan ke-2

Pelajaran 1. Karena Jin terbuat dari api, ketika musim dingin kekuatan mereka melemah terutama anak-anak. Mereka akan tampak seperti anak normal lainnya. Jadi, hati-hati!!jangan tertipu dengan penampilan, sapa tau anak yang diam d pojokan sambil jilat2 lolipop segede gaban itu anak jin!

Pelajaran 2. Buat yang doyan belanja, please kalo ke mall jangan terlalu banyak keinginan. Ternyata ini bisa menyakiti anak-anak jin marid! Mereka belum bisa mengendalika
Jan 20, 2009 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
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Apr 27, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: corben
The Children of the Lamp series is definitely one of our all time favorites. This book is #2 out of 7 and I listened to it with my 12 year old son (who has since read the following 5 in the course of a couple of weeks - he's a speed reader.). The voices in the audio version are fantastic and the characters all very well developed. The story line keeps you enthralled and my son loves how the games and ideas they come up with for the book can all be done/played in real life. This book contains no ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Whitman rated it liked it
It all started with Philippa Gaunt playing DJINNVERSOCTOANNULAR, and catching the Eye of Ayesha, the Present Blue Djinn, a powerful Djinn who is above Good and evil, and has the hardest hardest heart of Any djinn. It is then reported that the Solomon Grimoire book has been stolen, with the power to have power over all djinn! Philippa and her twin, John, embark on a quest to save it. but it turns out it is all a elaborate hoax to get phillappa as Ayesha's successor. John must save his sister befo ...more
Carol Yu
Nov 13, 2010 Carol Yu rated it liked it
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Jul 24, 2012 Tony rated it liked it
Last year I started to read Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Overlander Series. The first book was innovative, creative in its conception and a bit interesting. The Second in the Series was annoying and another example of when to write a single book and not a series.

P.B. Kerr's The Akhnetan Adventure Series is much the same. The first was ok, but the second was pretty painful. I understand that there are five more.....but not for me.

This series reminds me of Rick Riordan's Egyptian Gods Series about
Oct 12, 2008 Darlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes magic and childrens books
Recommended to Darlene by: My bookstore clerk best friend forever.
Shelves: i-ve-read
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Oct 15, 2014 Shivani rated it it was amazing
This was the sequel of the first book. John and his uncle Nimrod go on an amazing adventure to save Johns twin sister, Philippa from becoming the blue Djinn of Babylon. They discover that the current blue Djinn is their grandmother . The book has many shocking twists that lead to one another.
Sep 12, 2014 Suhaib rated it liked it
The average American wouldn't understand it. I mean, they would understand the plot and story, but won't grasp the concept. Don't get me wrong; for those of us who do/will understand it, it is AMAZING. The entire series is AMAZING.
Charlotte B
This fantasy is such a fun-filled adventure. I love the bites of humor spread throughout! And I love how, while it doesn't take much brain-power to read this book (as compared to say an adult thriller patanormal fiction that I'm also reading - which requires my absolute undivided attention), the plot is still complex enough for my liking.

I didn't get to finish this book before the renewal time (had renewed twice because I was reading other books), so, I requested a hold AGAIN for the same title
Darth J
Dec 22, 2013 Darth J rated it liked it
Shelves: series, genie
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Also writes as Philip Kerr.

Philip Kerr (P.B. Kerr) is a British author of both adult fiction and non-fiction, most notably the Bernie Gunther series, and of children's books, particularly the Children of the Lamp series.

Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974–1980, achieving a masters degree. Kerr worked as an adverti
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