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The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
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May 22, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 22 to 27, 2012

Bartimaeus, the wise-cracking djinn, is back in rare form. He is now enslaved by evil magician Khaba the Cruel in King Solomon's court. Of course, he wouldn't be in such a fix if he hadn't killed his former master through trickery and deceit (two of old Barty's favorites!). His new master is no fun and has absolutely no sense of humor, but Bartimaeus' cool indifference is catching and before long his infectious laid-back style gets all the djinn working to construct Solomon's temple in hot water and cast into the desert to catch vicious bandits who have been making minced meat out of travelers to Jerusalem. There, Bartimaeus meets and saves Asmira, one of the Queen of Sheba's elite guards, and becomes embroiled in a plot to kill King Solomon and take his magical ring. If you've read the earlier Bartimaeus novels, you know trouble is brewing and someone is going to get scorched, but who? If you haven't read the other novels, no worries, since this one takes you back in time to Bartimaeus' earlier exploits. A fun and magical journey for anyone who enjoys fantasy, exciting action and adventure, or a smart-mouthed djinn! Grades 5 and up.

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