The Ring of Solomon
Fans of the Bartimaeus sequence will devour this book - a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of characters that the reader can't help but fall for.
We find everyone's favourite irascible djinni serving at the court of King Solomon in 950 BC Jerusalem, where he is causing his customary chaos and must help a girl assassin sent by the Queen
Notes: Its new setting adds nothing: unoriginal, it relies on stock children's themes and another flat rehash of series formula.
Please please PLEASEEEEEE Jonathan Stroud, write another prequel/sequel/epic poem/play/novella/memoir/thesis/whatever of Barty! We, his adoring fans, could never get enough of him!
Ok, back to the book. This is your typical Barty-like adventure. High-speed chases, extreme danger, lots of demons (scary, weird, yucky, you name it), strong (but flawed) characters, and of course...the trademark acerbic, sarcastic, narcissistic comments from our dear beloved jinni.
O Barty, ...more
Bartimaius is one of the most unforgettable and entertaining characters come to kid's fantasy in the past few years, and there's no doubt he could carry several more good novels like The Ring of Solomon. Surpassing the original trilogy i ...more
And Bartimaeus really is the highlight of the work. It's no wonder that Asmira struggles to be equally as appreciated by readers as Bartimaues is, just as Nathaniel and Kitty do in the original Bartimaeus Trilogy. The reader, so ensnared by the ...more
عاااالی بود. فقط ای کاش بازم مینوشت از این مجموعه. بارتیمیوس و جک هاش خیلی خوب بودن. پاورقی ها هم مثل سه جلد قبل خارق العاده بودن :)
What a rofl book. Just laugh, laugh and laugh until my stomach hurts. Since first page, The Ring of Solomon was sooooooo funny that me started laughin' so hard.
Oh Barty, we love you. This book is hilarious, funny, and exciting. I think Barty is the most beloved fantasy characters all time. awesome!
I like this book it is a lot fun 'n you should get this book you will love Barty more and more and more and more!
Great job Mr. Stroud. Please, give us more Barty's stories.
–Has to steal to eat
–HAS to eat to live
–Works really, really hard at it
–And did we mention he’s an orphan?
and anyway after he finally absconds with his hard-won loaf of bread he ju ...more
I'm a big fan of Bartimaeus since I was a child, and imagine how thrilled I was when I found out Jonathan Stroud wrote one more book about Bartimaeus!
I was amazed by this book, and I have to say that with years, Jonathan hasn't lost his touch, and wrote another great book about Bartimaeus.
After reading this book, I kinda miss Nathaniel because I absolutely love having him and Bartimaeus in the same team.
It's pre ...more
Can't wait to read the three other books!
Jerusalem, 250 B.C.E, King Solomon is ruling his kingdom with an iron fist (or a very powerful ring to be more specefic), demanding immnense revenues after terrorising other kings and queens of far off lands. Magicians, recognizing the supreme power of the ring, are competing for the king's favors, enslaving djinn, afrits and marids to get the most beautiful and powerful magic curiosities to add to the king's huge collection.
When the kingdo ...more
The prequeal to Bartimaeus Trilogy, the story is set in ancient Jersualem wh ...more
If you were a fan of the previous three books, I am sure you will enjoy this one, too. But even if you are new the stories of the djinni Bartimaeus, this is a good place to start, as it can easily ...more
Bartimaeus was once again brilliant in this book. That wasn’t the problem. Or maybe it was. Whereas with the main trilogy Bartimaeus was amongst a great cast of characters and a dark, steady plot, this book is somewhat lacking in that department. The plot is more predictable, and while the characte ...more
The nice thing about this entry in the series is that it stands alone quite nicely. By the time you're finished with it, if you haven't already read the first three, you'll be running full-tilt to get your hands on them.
The plot? Oh, it's just your standard girl meets djinni meets evil magician meets king ...more
I'm taking points off for a running joke that was fatphobic and unnecessary, but otherwise this might have been 5 stars.
The mighty king Solomon rules over Jerusalem and terrorises the neighbouring kingdoms of Edom, Sheba and many such others. He commands a horde of marids(highest level of djinn); bucketfuls of afrits(second level of djinn) and hundreds of djinnns. Commoners fall back in awe of his personality, magicians bow their heads in respect, entire empires bow to his will and tumble under his gaze. And all because of one reason. The Ring. The Ring. The ring that gives it's ...more
Bartimaeus is back, with his trademark wit, humor and impudence. In the world created by Jonathan Stroud, demons are slaves to magicians who summon them from the Other Place. They are forced to accomplish tasks that usually involve prestige for their masters. There are many kinds of demons and Bartimaeus isn’t even one of the most powerful. He more than makes up for it in his own cunning way and has even served several powerful masters. In The Ring of Solomon, he serves Kh ...more
Why do I feel I've seen this somewhere before?
While definitely entertaining enough, you don't get an opportunity to connect with the ch ...more
The original Bartimaeus trilogy is my favorite children book series (sorry Harry Potter). The Ring of Solomon is a standalone prequel, with this being my second reread of the book after a gap of seven years.
The world of Bartimaeus has a well formulated magic system and an interesting fantasy world making. In this alternative historical world, magic is very much present, there are magicians who command jinni’s (spirits) ...more
Even when he isn't at his best Stroud is a good storyteller. The Ring Of Solomon isn't as good as the original Bartimaeus trilogy, but it's still good. I would not suggest you start reading Stroud from here, nor would I recommend reading this before The Amulet of Samarkand though, because I'm quite sure you'd like this more if you knew Barty and the magic system already. Still, if you loved the trilogy, read this. It's not perfect, it lacks something, but it's fun and fast.
Plotwise it was a ...more
Also like the rest of the series, Ring of Solomon was surprisingly ...more
For the characters, I don't really have to say that Bartimaeus was great. I liked seeing him work together (briefly) with Faquarl. Including Khaba's POV, however, I really ...more
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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 ...more