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The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Sequence #2)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  71,297 Ratings  ·  1,542 Reviews
At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Miramax Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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He's rude. He's surly. He won't hesitate to tell you when your haircut looks stupid. And in over 5000 years, he's seen some bad haircuts. I'm talking about my favorite djinni, Bartimaeus, back in book two of his young adult fantasy trilogy.

THE GOLEM'S EYE is an excellent sequel to the first book in the series, THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. In the first book, we meet Bartimaeus, an ancient creature of enormous power that can best be described as a ty
Mar 01, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Recommended to David by: Maitrey
Shelves: fantasy, audiobook
This hilarious novel is the second in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The story picks up where the first book in the trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand) leaves off. Most of the story takes place in London, where the government is made up of magicians. These magicians are all power-hungry, calculating, feckless, craven, jealous, and self-serving to the n'th degree.

The 14-year-old Nathaniel is an up-and-coming magician in charge of security operations in the department of internal affairs. He is blamed for
Alex Telander
Sep 15, 2010 Alex Telander rated it it was amazing
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND & THE GOLEM'S EYE BY JONATHAN STROUD: So I met Jonathan Stroud last Friday, author of the Bartimaeus triology, of which the first two are out: "The Amulet of Samarkand" and "The Golem's Eye." He came to the bookstore I work at in Petaluma, Copperfield's, and was pretty entertaining. He was the classic English guy writing about a doomed England of magic and magicians and the regular people known as "commoners": average English accent from near London area with some cli ...more
Mary Grace Nakao
May 20, 2014 Mary Grace Nakao rated it really liked it
My first thought right after reading the book is that it is filled with temperamental and cocky teenagers, equally self-absorbed, bickering and snotty adult magicians and one Mr. Love guru called Bartimaeus. Which actually is not a bad thing cause he cracks me up.

Yup, ive been doing that quite a lot when Im reading :))

Character For me, they were pretty much 1-dimensional. The magicians are power-hungry, self-obsessed, egoistic, with really nothing to brag about except they could control the Spir
3.5 stars. Bartimaeus is a great character and this is a fast, fun read. That said, I didn't like this installment as much as the first book in the series, The Amulet of Samarkand, which I thought was fantastic. My reasons are: (1) I thought Nathaniel (aka John Mandrake) was pretty annoying much of the time and sometimes downright unlikeable; (2) I didn't think the author expanded enough on the mythology underlying the story (i.e., the magic system, the histories and powers of the various classe ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I really liked the first book in the series, but this second one just doesn't match up. I still admire the world-building (a magical system based on good old fashioned demon summoning!) and Bartimaeus himself is still a fun character to read. But Nathaniel has become almost unbearable to read. All the magicians, in fact, read like parodies of arrogant aristocrats. It isn't entirely unjustified, in this world, but it sure isn't fun to read. Sadly, I didn't like the so-called Resistance much more. ...more
Harun Harahap
Setelah membaca buku ini, saya akhirnya memahami bahwa:

1. Daya tarik buku ini sangat terletak pada Bartimeus, bukan tokoh-tokoh lainnya termasuk Nathaniel. Di buku ini saya merasa Bartimeusnya jarang hadir dan dibicarakan, khususnya pada bagian satu. Akibatnya adalah cerita ini berlangsung dengan tegang karena Kenarsisan dan Kekonyolan Bartimeus yang kurang ditonjolkan seperti pada buku pertama. Catatan kaki yang biasanya membuat saya tertawa terbahak-bahak sekarang lebih sering diisi dengan inf
Mar 27, 2011 Vasya rated it it was amazing
I am so disappointed in Nathaniel. I really am. I just miss the little boy from the first book so much. I have a feeling that he's the necessary collateral damage from the society that he lives in, and I guess that I can understand that not all of the good guys stay good and vice versa, but I really am sad that it had to end in this way.

Well, not end, there is still one more book to go before the ending of this story, but the end of this particular one. I really don't know what is going to happe
Giovanni Storiale
Come si fa a non amare qualsiasi cosa scriva Stroud?
Un capolavoro fantasy, dalla prima all'ultima parola. Terzo capitolo, arrivo!
Meseceva Reka
Apr 18, 2016 Meseceva Reka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drugi deo Trilogije o Bartimeju je i dalje nepretenciozna i pametna zabava za mlade ljubitelje fantastike i sve koji se takvim osećaju.
Golemovo oko je sasvim fino čitanje, ali ruku na srce za nijansu slabije od prvog dela. Minus dobija zbog predugačkog uvoda, pa se glavna zvezda romana Bartimej pojavljuje tek oko stote stranice.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Golem's Eye, Jonathan Stroud, 2003
Characters: Bartimaeus, Kathleen "Kitty" Jones, Nathaniel
عنوان: «چشم گولم»؛ اثر: «جاناتان استرود»؛ برگردان: «محمد قصاع»؛ نشر: «تهران، افق، ، در ص، فروست: رمان نوجوان؛ ، رمانهای سهگانهی بارتیمیوس؛ ، شابک: 978-964-369-751-8 (چاپ دوم)؛ چاپ دوم: »؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان انگلیسی -- قرن م

Apr 01, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Much better than the first book. The demon Bartimaeus is hilarious! Looking forward to Book III!
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 28, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-and-co
"Guarda quello laggiù in fondo. Ha preso la forma di un poggiapiedi. Strano forte... però il suo stile in qualche modo non mi spiace».
«Quello è un poggiapiedi Nessuno sta usando quel pentacolo»."

Un salto di qualità rispetto al primo. Più impegnato, se così si può dire, più complesso e decisamente più carico di promesse.

Lo sviluppo dei personaggi è, come ho già accennato precedentemente, ciò che di Stroud mi lascia più sorpresa e soddisfatta, e anche qui nell'Occhio del Golem l'autore non smenti
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Aug 18, 2014 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Uno dei rari casi in cui il secondo volume è addirittura più eccezionale del primo!!! Sono stupefatta, felice e senza parole (in senso buono :3)
Ci vorrebbero più Jonathan Stroud nelle librerie e meno autoruncoli da due soldi che scrivono sempre le stesse noiosissime cose.. E quanto sono felice che ancora devo esplorare il suo genio *_*
Bartimeus rimane il personaggio preferito incontrastato, con le sue risposte taglienti e ironiche (che spesso però non sono comprese da maghi e umani :D): un poten
Ms. Library
Dec 15, 2011 Ms. Library rated it really liked it
I really like this book series so far: Its definitely been one of the better things I have read recently. Its consistently entertaining, light in tone, and populated with memorable characters. The plot moves swiftly, and although there are definitely some borrowed elements, I think Stroud manages to be innovative within certain bounds. I was constantly entertained, and I really loved the snarky djinni. I also loved that they added a sympathetic character in this one. Kitty was wonderful. She was ...more
May 14, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
A good sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand. Bartimaeus is back. And his former, temporary master, Nathaniel. Or, as he is known to everyone else, John Mandrake. Nathaniel. once again, summons the djinni on order to save his career. However things go from bad to worse for Nathaniel. From the Resistance, golems, skeletons and inner enemies amongst other magicians, this duo has their work cut out for them. Also, this story brings in a third perspective. Kitty, the thief leader we briefly met in the f ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
These are interesting (I use that word a lot don't I? Maybe I should check a Thesaurus.) books. The "human" lead character, John Mandrake/Nathanial is definitely an acquired taste. You sort of want him to succeed, but on the other hand you see the Magicians as what they are, morally repugnant. In the first book, there seemed to be hope for Nathanial to turn out, "all right". But he's obviously turning into just another ambitious, selfish, lying, magician.

Then there's Bartimaeus, a jinn (genie, d
Oct 04, 2009 Dini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dini by: miaaa
Shelves: fiction, translation
Petualangan jin berlidah tajam Bartimaeus dan majikan mudanya Nathaniel berlanjut di buku ini. Selain bertutur lewat sudut pandang kedua tokoh tersebut seperti di buku pertamanya, sekuel ini mengikutsertakan sudut pandang Kitty, anggota kelompok Resistance yang berseberangan dengan pemerintahan penyihir. Sekali lagi saya kagum akan konsep dunia yang dibuat Stroud. Para penyihir yang berkuasa tidak punya kekuatan sendiri dan hanya mengandalkan demon sebagai alat -- mereka bahkan tidak bisa meliha ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The pace and ideas continue in the second installment of the Bartimaeus Trilogy with The Golem's Eye.

Kitty's character gets more exposure and "page time", while Nathaniel, now a very pompous 14 year old working high up in the government, tries to track her down as leader of the Resistance, and hopefully find a link between her and the giant clay golem trashing London. At risk of making the ruling class (the magicians) look incompetent, a lot of pressure is on Nathaniel's young shoulders.

Grace Crandall
Jun 10, 2016 Grace Crandall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of understated british humor, Doctor Who fans, lovers of antiheroical character arcs.
First off, I'd like to say that the humor in this series is absolutely perfect. It's a mix of utter ridiculousness, snide remarks and understatement, getting a little dark at times but always absolutely hilarious, and it's probably my favorite thing about the whole series.
With that out of the way, on to the plot.
The Golem's Eye begins a few years after the events of The Amulet of Samarkand, with Nathaniel (now fourteen, and known by the name of John Mandrake) in a position of governmental powe
حقیقتاً چهار و نیم یا شایدم یه کم کمتر بود؛ چون یه سری جاهاش کسل کننده شده بود.

اول اینکه بگم من مطمئمناً دیگه جاناتان استرود رو ول نمی کنم :-" کتاب یک نمره ش سه بود؛ نسبت به این کتاب که پنج می گیره. چون به نظر من - و به احتمال زیاد - جلد اول این مجموعه اولین نوشته ی نویسنده بوده. این کتاب به مقدار خیلی خیلی زیادی پیشرفت داشت در مورد همه چیز.
مخصوصاً نثر نویسنده خیلی پخته تر شده بود. حتی نیازی نیست برم به انگلیسیش سر بزنم که اینو تشخیص بدم و کاملاً مشخص بود. نثر کتاب کاملاً روون بود؛ توصیفاتش کا
CONCLUSION: it was a good read.

First, the book's contents. Each one or two chapters is of a different characters point of view, and the story progressed in a amazing way, with some flash backs and so. The whole point is about a fourteen-year-old magician Nathanial and his tasks and missions being the assistant of the head of internal affairs which concerns a disastrous magical creature and a group of thieves. Kitty, after being wrongly accused, was driven to these criminals and both she, Nathan
Jul 16, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it
Okay, it took me forever to finish this. It wasn't so much of the books fault as I've been stupidly to busy to do anything, including sleep. On the other hand I wasn't about to skip ahead and put this book down. I probably would have finished it sooner if it hadn't been so flipping looooong. In the last book there was a stretch that could have been shorted but only in one area. In the 2nd installment I noticed several places that thing could have been shortened. In some parts it just went on and ...more
Luqman Hakim
Feb 23, 2011 Luqman Hakim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ada sedikit perubahan pemikiran saya terhadap resistance saat membaca buku ke-2 ini. Entah itu memang kesengajaan Jonathan Stroud atau ketergesaan saya dalam menyimpulkan padahal belum membaca keseluruhan buku dari trilogi ini, yang jelas awalnya saya punya pemikiran bahwa kelompok resistance yang Kitty terlibat d dalamnya merupakan kelompok yang nantinya akan mendapatkan banyak pendukung, terorganisir dengan rapih, dan akan menggulingkan pemerintahan. Namun ternyata mereka tidak uba
Mar 31, 2011 Kathleen rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this one. As usual it took awhile to get going, but would have been worth it if the story had flowed a bit more. The plotlines, although neatly wrapped up in the end, felt awkward mixed together. It made sense until the entrance of Honorius the afrit. Emotionally, even though I have MAD respect for believable characters who act like real humans (i.e flawed), it was hard to watch Pennyfeather and his selfishly stupid and inept Resistance movement. And even though Kitty ...more
Outside of the drive to and from work, the audio-book format really doesn't work for me. Without having to focus on a page, my mind just wanders regardless of how interesting the story may be; and make no mistake both the first and second books of the Bartimaeus Trilogy are interesting. I need a relatively brainless vocation like keeping an eye on the car ahead of me or following words on a page to keep the old ocular sense engaged or the brain goes veering off in all sorts of directions. I brin ...more
Sep 07, 2008 Benandkaren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I maintain that the Bartimaeus books are by and far significantly better than all that Harry Potter stuff (just don't tell Karen I said that). I think it comes from not trying to write a classic... the result is of course a classic.

The Golem's Eye is the second book in this series, where once again there's trouble brewing in London and that annoying Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus to sort things out. In this installment we learn much more about the magical world and get a new POV... Kitty, a member
Mar 21, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was ok
The Golem's Eye is the second book in the Bartimaeus series. It was quite the letdown after the first one. I think Jonathan Stroud completely missed why readers liked the Amulet of Samarkand. The reason can be summed up in one word: Bartimaeus. When it takes ten chapters to get to the reason we read the series, it makes for unhappy readers. Instead we get ridiculous chapters on Kitty and Nathaniel.

Nathaniel is ridiculous. I expect my main characters to be likable, failing that, relatable. Natha
May 09, 2008 Turi rated it liked it
Another book in the Bartimaeus series - I really enjoyed the first one, Amulet of Samarkand, so decided to go ahead and plow through the series. Amber was nice enough to lend me her copies, so I didn't have to wait to get them from the library. So this one, The Golem's Eye, continues the story of Nathaniel, a novice magician making his way up the ranks. This time he deals with a traitor within his own government, as well as a resistance movement in the London he lives in. Again: really fun writi ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Rubi rated it really liked it
Unless it is still very good, I think the first one in the series is much better.
Bartimaeus made me laugh a lot again, but the story is slower and less interesting. The end was very obvious too.

In this second book, the Resistance take a more important roll in the story. It is okay, but at the beginning of the book it was everything a mess switching between the magicians and the commoners, and only after a lot of pages I understand the point of such a thing.

I will read the third book soon. I hope
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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
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Bartimaeus Sequence (4 books)
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