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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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Jul 14, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: mg-fantasy, 2010-my-reads, recommend-with-caveat, 2010-favorites, middle-grade, fantasy
Read from December 16 to 24, 2010

A more detailed review will be forthcoming, but for now, let me just foam at the mouth with delight. This is the best writing "voice" I have yet encountered. Harry Potter, move over; Bartimaeus where have you been hiding? A host of amazing, amusing and somewhat chilling characters is topped off by an expertly crafted partnership between a young magician-in-training and the djinni he has summoned, with quite explosive and entertaining results. It is bolstered by a solid foundation of plot and threaded with subtle intrigue that makes me wish I had instant access to the next book in the series.
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