Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)” as Want to Read:
The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Sequence #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  74,081 Ratings  ·  1,641 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 December 27th 2005 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 1st 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Golem's Eye, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

David Nathaniel in this book is less likable than the first and so without all the backstory he comes off more like a ponce.
Marthie Elice No, it's not. There's no mention of religion in it, there's only magic and politics.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
Reviewed by K. Osborn Sullivan for

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
Ivana Books Are Magic
Oct 30, 2016 Ivana Books Are Magic rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to reading this second novel in the Bartimaeus series. I was quite curious to see what it would be like, not just in the sense of the development of the story and the characters, but of the world building as well. I kept wondering how will this world ruled by magicians develop further? I was eager to see what place will our protagonist Nathaniel take in it, will he become like the rest of them (i.e. all the other corrupted magicians)? The world that the author create ...more
Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 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
May 27, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Μια από τις αγαπημένες μου σειρές - παραμύθια, κυρίως λόγω του βιτριολικού χιούμορ που τη διακρίνει. Ο Βαρτιμαίος, το πειθήνιο τζίνι (το τι λέει από μέσα του όμως είναι άλλου παπά ευαγγέλιο) είναι από τους αγαπημένους μου ήρωες - καρικατούρες (πω πω, έτσι και με άκουγε να τον λέω έτσι, θα ερχόταν από το υπερπέραν με όλες τις δαιμονικές κατάρες που ήξερε!!!)

Με άρωμα ανατολής και μεσαιωνικής ευρώπης, ένα παραμύθι με πολέμους μάγων για μικρούς και μεγάλους (ποιους μικρούς δηλαδή.. ιεραρχήστε τις αν
Mary Grace Nakao
Apr 08, 2013 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
Apr 25, 2011 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 23, 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
Jan 15, 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 understood the point of such a thing.

I will read the third book soon. I hope
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، ۱۳۹۱، در ۸۳۵ ص، فروست: رمان نوجوان؛ ۸۸، رمانهای سهگانهی بارتیمیوس؛ ۲، شابک: 978-964-369-751-8 (چاپ دوم)؛ چاپ دوم: ۱۳۹۲»؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان انگلیسی -- قرن ۲۰م

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 25, 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
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?
May 23, 2012 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
Mar 18, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Sep 02, 2012 Jeraviz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Sigo con la relectura de la saga y, aunque la historia y la atmósfera sea algo más de adulto, sin embargo me ha gustado menos que el primer tomo. Stroud amplía el universo, introduce nuevos personajes y ciudades pero en detrimento del elemento más atractivo de toda la saga: los capítulos narrados en primera persona por el demonio Bartimeo.
Una pena que, teniendo algo original y atractivo, lo deje a un lado en un intento de parecer más serio o darle más profundidad a la historia. A veces la virtud
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
Giota Bourha
Nov 16, 2016 Giota Bourha rated it it was amazing
Two things stood out in this book: the characters development and the world building.

The world building actually impressed me the most. We learned about the war with Prague, the political status in other cities of Europe, the campaign against America, the judicial system of London, some of the history of the British Empire, the Resistance.e.c.t and all that without any dense, info-dumping! I was impressed!

As character development goes Kitty took the cake. She also turned into one of the main cha
Annisa Lestari
Oct 02, 2016 Annisa Lestari rated it it was amazing
Bartimaeus akan selalu menjadi jin yang menyebalkan bagi John Mandrake alias Nathaniel. Meski begitu Nath terlalu butuh bantuan jin ini karena di antara budak setia yang telah dipanggilnya ke bumi, hanya Barti yang mampu memuaskan pencapaiannya. Setelah Barti dibebaskan dua tahun lalu, Nath memutuskan untuk memanggilnya lagi karena kali ini masalah gawat kembali muncul. Kerusuhan kembali mencabik kota London, parahnya kali ini musuh tidak dapat terdeteksi oleh kekuatan sihir manapun. Banyak yang ...more
Feb 22, 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
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
Jan 02, 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
I enjoyed this second Bartimäus book even more than the first. The third perspective really made me devour it!
Tom Mathews
Mar 03, 2014 Tom Mathews rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers offantasy with humor mixed in.
This book was as much fun the second time around as it was the first time. Bartimaeus is, without question, my favorite demon, correction, djinni.
b00k r3vi3ws
May 21, 2017 b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

In the second instalment of Bartimaeus Sequence, Nathaniel finds himself in a position where he requires the services of the djinni, Bartimaeus. As a young magician trying to climb the ladders of the ministry, Nathaniel has been tasked to deal with a revolutionary group that is growing by the minute in London. Along with the reluctant Bartimaeus, Nathaniel takes on to solve the crimes rocking the city and take care of the revolutionary group at the same time. This time his life and his career is
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Around the Year i...: The Golem's Eye, by Jonathan Stroud 3 13 Jan 02, 2017 03:49PM  
Who is your favorite character? 18 89 Jan 22, 2015 10:21PM  
2015 Reading Chal...: The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud 2 7 Jan 13, 2015 05:05AM  
Addicted to YA: The Golem's Eye 10 80 Dec 29, 2012 06:31PM  
  • The Blue Djinn of Babylon (Children of the Lamp, #2)
  • The Indigo King (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #3)
  • Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, #4)
  • The Purple Emperor (The Faerie Wars Chronicles, #2)
  • The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4)
  • The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. 2 (Chrestomanci #3-4)
  • Queste (Septimus Heap, #4)
  • Shadows on the Stars (Merlin Saga, #10)
  • Rise of a Hero (The Farsala Trilogy, #2)
  • Lamplighter (Monster Blood Tattoo, #2)
  • Ironhand (Stoneheart Trilogy, #2)
  • The Simoqin Prophecies (GameWorld Trilogy, #1)
  • Slaves of the Mastery (Wind on Fire, #2)
  • The Fiend and the Forge (The Tapestry, #3)
  • I Was a Rat!
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
More about Jonathan Stroud...

Other Books in the Series

Bartimaeus Sequence (4 books)
  • The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
  • The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
  • Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)

Share This Book

“Check out that one at the end. He's taken the form of a footstool. Weird...but somehow I like his style."

"That is a footstool.”
“Hey, we've all got problems, chum. I'm overly talkative. You look like a field of buttercups in a suit.” 174 likes
More quotes…