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The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxed Set by Jonathan Stroud
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Mar 14, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: juvenile, young-adult
Recommended for: Fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy

The Amulet of Samarkand is of the better books I've read so far this year. Oddly enough, the most compelling character might just be the demon/djinni Bartimaeus rather than Nathaniel, the hotheaded young magician who summons him. Stroud likes to use footnotes as a conduit for humor. Sue Townsend and Jasper Fforde jump to mind as authors that make excellent use of this device, but it's something that can easily be overdone or come off as trying too hard. Stroud strikes just the right note, and somehow never lets this interrupt the flow of the suspenseful adventure that unfolds.

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