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The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set (Bartimaeus Sequence #1-3)

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The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye and Ptolemy's Gate are set mainly in an alternative present-day London. They follow Bart's relationships with his young master, Nathaniel, and with Kitty, a fiery member of the Resistance against the magicians.
Hardcover, 1552 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Miramax
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Dec 29, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing

The reason I liked this series was what it offered that many other fantasy books leave out. The story doesn't operate in a secluded location, disconnected form the rest of the world. In the trilogy the wizards are the elite, the rulers, the imperialists who control empire after empire with the help of their slaves, the djinn. I like the fact that the story involves the conflicting stories of wizards, djinn, and normal, non-magical people. The
Jun 07, 2007 Airy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, humor
If I were to be shallow, I'd say The Bartimaeus Trilogy is somewhat like Harry Potter meets Faust. If I were honest, I'd say that it's not like that at all.

Imagine a London where magicians not only form the top crust of society, but are educated specifically to work for the government. From lowly paper-pusher to the Prime Minister himself - all of them are versed in magic; which may not be a good thing for the un-magical general populace.

And then there's Nathaniel. His birth parents gave him up
Natasha Martinez
Sep 18, 2011 Natasha Martinez rated it it was amazing
The Bartimaeus Trilogy is possibly one of the best series I have ever read in my short life. Honestly. Stroud captivates his readers with this remarkable world filled with magic and demons, and then manages to pull the carpet out from under us, teaching us that not everything is as it seems. This world (set in an alternate universe London)speaks volumes about the about class and societal issues and yet has the reader (or maybe just me)wishing that this world actually existed.

The trilogy's two in
May 27, 2008 Olivia rated it it was amazing
definately a rainy day book. i could read these for hours and not be bored. a real page-turner.
Alice Bridgwater
Jun 28, 2013 Alice Bridgwater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Davvero frizzante questa lettura!
I maghi, in una Londra contemporanea, sono i nuovi padroni e leader politici. La loro forza però non viene da doti magiche personali innate, bensì deriva dalla convocazione di spiriti dall'Altro Luogo, obbligati a sottomettersi alla volontà del mago e a fare uso della loro magia per gli scopi spesso biechi del mago che li ha convocati.
La storia è incentrata su Nathaniel, giovane mago apprendista, che, mosso da ambizione e desiderio di vendetta, convoca Bartimeus
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Jonathan Stroud descrive come il mondo che conosciamo sarebbe se al potere ci fosse una setta di maghi: in un anno imprecisato del ventesimo secolo, Londra è governata da potenti stregoni, che comandano i cosiddetti comuni grazie alla presenza di folletti, jinn e altre creature magiche, costrette ad obbedire ai loro ordini dal vincolo della convocazione.

L'Impero Britannico estende le sue propaggini in tutto il mondo, ma le sue fondamenta si stanno sgretolando pian piano: negli angoli più lontani
Apr 04, 2013 Nisia rated it it was amazing
The Best Book Ever.
My first encounter with The Amulet of Samarkand was purely coincidental. It was just another day for me to went hunting for some more books and I pick it up just out of curiosity and I'm glad that I did.
When all my friends worship Harrypotter, I Adore Bartimaeus much much moarrr. Seriously, I think HP is pale compare to Bartimaeus.
Not just plot wise, as HP somewhat predictable, but also the Character and an originality of the idea. Bartimeaus exceed many magic based fantasy n
Jan 30, 2013 Ambra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ecco l'ennesimo fantasy che comincia come una bella storiella per ragazzi e finisce per rivelarsi un contenitore di temi molto, molto più profondi.
Dalla schiavitù al libero arbitrio, dalle paure alla fiducia, dal dominio dei potenti alla riscossa dei sottomessi, dall'importanza delle proprie scelte al coraggio di attuare cambiamenti. Sono tre romanzi meravigliosi dove tutto questo è sostenuto da tre grandissimi personaggi: il beffardo e ironico Bartimeus, la coraggiosa e implacabile Kitty, il te
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Mar 26, 2016 Torque On retro rated it liked it
Disguising itself as a magical fantasy, the trilogy tries to address some pretty big questions. Some of the concepts sometimes seem more oriented towards an adult rather than a child. In describing the changes in power relations between magicians and commoners in the book, I was surprised to see hints of Hegelian Dialectic. Similarly, the concept of djinni's homeworld seemed like a metaphor to me with deeper connotations. And, the way it shows mindless violence/revolution can always get corrupte ...more
Apr 03, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it
When an 11-year-old magician decides to resurrect a ancient demon (or djini, as Bartimaeus is called), you know the story is going to be interesting, if nothing else.
The Bartimaeus Trilogy is set in an alternate-universe England that's divided into two kinds of people: magicians, and commoners. The magicians in the story can't actually do magic - all they do is study half their lives and learn how to summon djin, who carry out their orders.
Our main character (well, one of them) is Nathaniel, t
Oct 05, 2008 Fred rated it it was amazing
You can't ever really rate books in a trilogy separately, they ought to be considered as a whole. I picked this up on a friend's recommendation as a way to pass the time while I was waiting for the last Harry Potter book to come out. Loved it: the magic and sense of adventure. It's basically about a boy who summons a djinn and how they go about saving the world. First time I enjoyed reading footnotes, since those voice the eponymous character's thoughts. I really enjoyed the ending in the last b ...more
May 21, 2009 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved these books. The sharp wit of the dijin Bartimaeus and his sardonic footnotes are enough alone to keep you eagerly turning pages and running out to buy the follow up novels! This is the only book I've ever read where the reader is repeatedly insulted in the footnotes by the narrator as well. I loved the real heroine of the books Kitty and her fierce, independant spirit. Bartimaeus' tenuous relationship with Nathaniel was amusing to read but also had added depth as their relati ...more
Joshua Schofield
Jul 01, 2012 Joshua Schofield rated it it was amazing
I actually stumbled upon these on a car boot sale, bought them for a mere few pounds. That few pounds was some of the best money I've ever used - a real bargain! These books are beyond funny, the clever foot notes used at the bottom of the page put a unique style on the books, which Stroud exercies brilliantly. Based around supernatural occurances we really gain a strong connection with the characters as we are took into an incredible world of wizarday. Definately worth picking up if you ever se ...more
Mar 29, 2008 Katrina rated it really liked it
Cynical, sarcastic and sardonic--and lol hilarious. A total 180 degrees from the overly earnest tone of so much of young adult fiction, it is by far the best of the best of the Harry Potterish British witch/wizards genre. Although, to even mention Harry Potter is a disservice to the absolute originality and invention of the writer..forget I mentioned Potter at all, read this on its own terms.
Dana Simpson
Feb 10, 2011 Dana Simpson rated it it was amazing
I just started these books and am loving them. John, or Nathaniel, I can relate to, he knows he is worth such a better role model, and is better than the average bear. I really like the airy, whimsical feel the story carries. And, absolutely love the footnote, most funny! Just finished the thrid book and loved it to the very last page. I am sad it had to end, I will miss Bartimaeus.
May 01, 2014 Giuseppe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[L'Amuleto Di Samarcanda]
La parola che potrebbe riassumere meglio questo libro è "facile"; facile da leggere, facile da capire, facile seguire.
Una storia non banale ma abbastanza lineare su un dodicenne super dotato che sa di valere di più di quel che viene considerato e decide di vendicarsi dei soprusi subiti.
Naturalmente la sua scarsa esperienza viene bilanciata da una straordinaria intelligenza e da un culo enorme che lo porta a scegliere Bartimeus come suo primo jinn evocato...un demone do
Phil Pavlovic
Jan 21, 2014 Phil Pavlovic rated it really liked it
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Incredible! Such a surprise. Was not expecting it to be so good. Now on my top 5 series of all time list. Brilliant tackeling of oppression, slavery, servitude, racism, classism, prejudice, priveledge responsibility, freedom, and love. And looks at all these issues in very unsual and enlightening perspectives.
Jan 12, 2016 Fabio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, original, well-written, witty, well-paced. Damn, those three books are supposed to be YA fantasy but I loved them. No "predestined" guy, although Nathaniel is intelligent and determined and has some bad things happen to him, and blah blah, but it's well presented and compensated elsewhere a few times where he gets his ass handed to him.

The best character is of course the Djinn Bartimaeus, the one he summoned risking everything, and that grows closer to his forced master than he should
Jan 23, 2008 Rosemary rated it really liked it
I'd rate this five stars, but I still waiting for a book that ties everything up or explains everything that happened before the Amulet. In short, the author has barely scratched the surface of a fascinating magical world and more Bartimaues would be more than welcome!
Ranjana Dewan
Apr 09, 2008 Ranjana Dewan rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and highly imaginative. Funny too. I hope someone makes a movie based on these books. Not enough movies are made about genies.
Jan 04, 2013 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Like Harry Potter, but well written and entertaining.
Feb 18, 2016 Florrie rated it it was amazing
I really loved this series. I really did. When I first started reading, I thought it might be a bit of a repeat Harry Potter: Young orphaned boy wizard discovers powers. I loved Harry Potter too--I'm an obsessive reader of it. But I didn't want to read a repeat. HOWEVER:
This series was NOT a repeat of Harry Potter. It is its own amazing fantastically written series. There is more of that fabulous governmental oppressed people stuff that most readers love (including me) and it had something that
Alodia H.
Apr 14, 2014 Alodia H. rated it it was amazing
I never thought I would like this trilogy so much. I first found Bartimaeus Trilogy in a library when I was still in high school and was not very interested but still decided to borrow the first book anyway. And turned out that it was one of the best decision I've made in my entire life.
Seriously. As a young girl who had grown up with Harry Potter, my view was generally black-and-white like there were only two characters in world, the heroes and the villains. But reading this book changed it all
Sep 27, 2012 alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'Amuleto di Samarcanda
Voto 4/5.

Le cose bellissime: Bartimeus. Credo che su questo non ci piova. E' simpatico, pungente, con la battuta sempre pronta e decisamente intelligente e furbacchione.
Mi è piaciuta la fermezza di Nathaniel. Nonostante tutto quello che si è trovato contro, non ha mai mollato e ha sempre tenuto duro.
Problema fastidioso: Le note presenti lungo tutto il libro. Per chi non lo avesse ancora letto: durante tutto il libro il funzionamento del mondo non viene spiegato dai persona
May 25, 2012 Eustachio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britannici, romanzi
In un mondo dominato dai maghi, con i comuni che devono adeguarsi alle loro regole - dove la corruzione regna sovrana, e tutti vogliono solo potere e potere a palate, Nathaniel non è da meno: inizia la sua carriera da mago evocando un demone, Bartimeus, con il solo scopo di vendicarsi.
Non pensate solo a Harry Potter, sarebbe riduttivo. Metteteci un po' di Oliver Twist, la Londra marcia e con pochi "buoni". Togliete la definizione classica di buono e cattivo, e avrete questa saga.
I primi due libr
Marc Aplin
Jan 03, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it really liked it
‘The Bartimaeus Trilogy’ was a series pushed heavily at the time ‘Harry Potter’s’ popularity exploded. It certainly isn’t a huge leap from one to the other in the sense that there is magic, mystery, loveable characters, comedy and page turning storylines. I would say though that these books are far more your typical ‘fantasy novel’ than the Harry Potter stories. Where as hardcore fantasy readers may struggle with Harry Potter, they would find that ‘The Bartimaeus Trilogy’ is far more suited to t ...more
Michele (Mikecas)
Oct 12, 2012 Michele (Mikecas) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Da: Credo sia impossibile leggere questa triologia e non pensare ad Harry Potter e fare dei paragoni. Anche questi tre romanzi sono stati scritti sostanzialmente per ragazzi, ma hanno una omogeneit di narrazione che manca completamente nella saga di Harry Potter, dove i primi romanzi sono quasi per bambini, e poi il livello di indirizzo si innalza forse troppo, quasi a diventare dei romanzi per adulti. Nella triologia di Bartimeus la dicotomia tra persone ...more
Ahmad Ataka
Mar 22, 2008 Ahmad Ataka rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Someone enjoy TLOTR or HP or Narnia
I'm reading the first book now: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Amulet of Samarkand. Actualy I've got the book since June 2007, but I have been reading It now because of many bussines.
At first time I read it, I thought It wasn't like another fantasy books I've read. It started from the part where Nathaniel, a wizard boy summoned Bartimaeus, an old genie from the past. And the story continued, divided into 2 part: the one told the story of Bartimaeus that tried to steal the "Amulet of Samarkand" from
Aug 01, 2012 Aries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastico
Forse dovrei scrivere “2/3 della Trilogia di Bartimeus”, dato che il primo romanzo (“Il Talismano di Samarcanda”) l’avevo già letto un po’ di tempo fa.

Non trovando però in vendita gli altri due romanzi in edizione “singola” ho optato per l’acquisto del volumone che racchiude tutta la saga e mi sono immerso nel mondo della Londra “magica” dipinto da Stroud fino a terminare entrambi i libri.

Detto questo parliamo un po’ di questi romanzi e della saga nel suo complesso.

Anzitutto c’è da dire che è as
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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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Other Books in the Series

Bartimaeus Sequence (4 books)
  • The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
  • The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
  • The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)
  • Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3)

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