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Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
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Apr 09, 12

Ptolemy’s Gate, by Jonathan Stroud, is set in modern day London. It has been three years since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a catastrophic attack on London. Now he is an established member of the British Government and must deal with unprecedented problems. Foreign wars are going badly, Britain’s enemies are preparing to attack London, and the commoners are starting to rebel. Growing more and more distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus, his djinni, worse than ever. The long-suffering essence of Bartimaeus is growing weak from separation from his home realm, the Other Place. Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus’ past. She has a plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But being a commoner and resistance leader, nobody will care to listen to what she has to say. In the conclusion of the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty are compiled together one more time. For the first time, the secrets of Bartimaeus’ past are revealed and there is a glimpse into the Other Place - the world of demons. The threesome must face dangerous magicians, unravel an intricate conspiracy, and defeat a large and intimidating faction of demons. Somehow, they must find a way to accomplish all of this, but it will come at a price.

This book would appeal to teenagers and is appropriate for a high school reading list. What makes it so appealing is its literary value. The book is very intense and keeps the reader always asking for more. The plot is full of twists and is continuously getting more and more complex as the plot progresses. New characters emerge and old characters emerge in different ways. Another thing that adds to the value is the characters. The characters are mainly developed through their interactions with each other. Each time they do interact, it only becomes more intriguing. Though it does follow the three main characters, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty, at separate times and switches between the three of them, it is very easy to follow. However, without reading the first two books, there is a lot that would be missing, as this is the last in the trilogy and would be impossible to follow without the background information from the first two books. The overall theme of this book would be to be selfless and do what is right and best for others, not just oneself, because all of the characters have to make sacrifices to preserve the greater good. I enjoyed reading this because it was so well written and was a very interesting story that was constantly progressing and impossible to put down.

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