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The Golem's Eye

(Bartimaeus #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  89,730 ratings  ·  2,068 reviews
At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 1st 2004)
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David Nathaniel in this book is less likable than the first and so without all the backstory he comes off more like a ponce.
Vlad Gu For me, Kitty's perspective has been a drag to get through. Every time I get to her chapters, I just feel annoyed. Might have something to do with the…moreFor me, Kitty's perspective has been a drag to get through. Every time I get to her chapters, I just feel annoyed. Might have something to do with the fact that I'm finding her completely uninteresting and uncharismatic so far.(less)

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(B) 74% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: It could do with a more elaborate mythology. Improving on the first book, it's still, for a fantasy, not terribly exciting.
Jennifer Wardrip
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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He's rude. He's surly. He won't hesitate to tell you when your haircut looks stupid. And in over 5000 years, he's seen some bad haircuts. I'm talking about my favorite djinni, Bartimaeus, back in book two of his young adult fantasy trilogy.

THE GOLEM'S EYE is an excellent sequel to the first book in the series, THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. In the first book, we meet Bartimaeus, an ancient creature of enormous power that can best be described as a ty
Ivana Books Are Magic
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really looking forward to reading this second novel in the Bartimaeus series. I was quite curious to see what it would be like, not just in the sense of the development of the story and the characters, but of the world building as well. I kept wondering how will this world ruled by magicians develop further? I was eager to see what place will our protagonist Nathaniel take in it, will he become like the rest of them (i.e. all the other corrupted magicians)? The world that the author create ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Golem's Eye, Jonathan Stroud, 2003
The Golem's Eye is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is the second book in the Bartimaeus trilogy written by British author Jonathan Stroud. The first edition was released by Miramax 1 January 2004 in the United Kingdom. 6 million copies have been sold in 36 countries. It was a New York Times best-seller in 2004. The book and series are about the power struggles in a magical dystopia centred in London, England featuring a mixture
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to David by: Maitrey
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
This hilarious novel is the second in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The story picks up where the first book in the trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand) leaves off. Most of the story takes place in London, where the government is made up of magicians. These magicians are all power-hungry, calculating, feckless, craven, jealous, and self-serving to the n'th degree.

The 14-year-old Nathaniel is an up-and-coming magician in charge of security operations in the department of internal affairs. He is blamed for
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This series is getting better and better and I honestly have no real reason not to give it 5 stars except that I find it really hard to give 5 stars to children and middle grade books, sorry XD

Just please tell me what is better than a morally grey 13 year old boy with a djinni as a servant? You can't can you?
It's so fascinating to see this in a children's book. I usually don't like morally grey characters because I can never see the reason behind their actions. The idea to hurt people a
Mary Grace Nakao
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
My first thought right after reading the book is that it is filled with temperamental and cocky teenagers, equally self-absorbed, bickering and snotty adult magicians and one Mr. Love guru called Bartimaeus. Which actually is not a bad thing cause he cracks me up.

Yup, ive been doing that quite a lot when Im reading :))

Character For me, they were pretty much 1-dimensional. The magicians are power-hungry, self-obsessed, egoistic, with really nothing to brag about except they could control the Sp
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I really liked the first book in the series, but this second one just doesn't match up. I still admire the world-building (a magical system based on good old fashioned demon summoning!) and Bartimaeus himself is still a fun character to read. But Nathaniel has become almost unbearable to read. All the magicians, in fact, read like parodies of arrogant aristocrats. It isn't entirely unjustified, in this world, but it sure isn't fun to read. Sadly, I didn't like the so-called Resistance much more. ...more
3.5 stars. Bartimaeus is a great character and this is a fast, fun read. That said, I didn't like this installment as much as the first book in the series, The Amulet of Samarkand, which I thought was fantastic. My reasons are: (1) I thought Nathaniel (aka John Mandrake) was pretty annoying much of the time and sometimes downright unlikeable; (2) I didn't think the author expanded enough on the mythology underlying the story (i.e., the magic system, the histories and powers of the various classe ...more
Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND & THE GOLEM'S EYE BY JONATHAN STROUD: So I met Jonathan Stroud last Friday, author of the Bartimaeus triology, of which the first two are out: "The Amulet of Samarkand" and "The Golem's Eye." He came to the bookstore I work at in Petaluma, Copperfield's, and was pretty entertaining. He was the classic English guy writing about a doomed England of magic and magicians and the regular people known as "commoners": average English accent from near London area with some clipped ...more
Queen Cronut
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as I would've liked to.

The Golem's Eye picks up a few years after The Eye of Samarkand. Nathaniel John Mandrake has gone from an ambitious wizard with some redeeming qualities to a pompous jerk (think Percy Weasly here!). I was never a big fan of Nathaniel in the first book, I really didn't like him in this one. However, I liked it that Bartimaeus nicely foiled with Nathaniel and found their scenes together absolutely hilarious. Also, adored Bartimaeus's foot
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am so disappointed in Nathaniel. I really am. I just miss the little boy from the first book so much. I have a feeling that he's the necessary collateral damage from the society that he lives in, and I guess that I can understand that not all of the good guys stay good and vice versa, but I really am sad that it had to end in this way.

Well, not end, there is still one more book to go before the ending of this story, but the end of this particular one. I really don't know what is going to happe
I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and liked it, but I never got around to finishing the series. Probably should have read it closer together . . .

This was a perfectly serviceable follow up to The Amulet of Samarkand, and honestly I think my ‘meh’ reaction to it is mostly on me. The only real criticism I have of the book is that it was too long. This is supposed to be children’s/middle grade book, and it’s 562 pages with pretty small font. I suppose that wouldn’t matter (
Sonja P.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really like this book series so far: Its definitely been one of the better things I have read recently. Its consistently entertaining, light in tone, and populated with memorable characters. The plot moves swiftly, and although there are definitely some borrowed elements, I think Stroud manages to be innovative within certain bounds. I was constantly entertained, and I really loved the snarky djinni. I also loved that they added a sympathetic character in this one. Kitty was wonderful. She was ...more
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unless it is still very good, I think the first one in the series is much better.
Bartimaeus made me laugh a lot again, but the story is slower and less interesting. The end was very obvious too.

In this second book, the Resistance take a more important roll in the story. It is okay, but at the beginning of the book it was everything a mess switching between the magicians and the commoners, and only after a lot of pages I understood the point of such a thing.

I will read the third book soon. I hope
Michael Campbell
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These books are absolutely wonderful so far, and this one was even better than the first! The addition of Kitty and insight into her character in particular added a whole new dynamic to this novel. What a fun and interesting world.

I enjoy all of the characters(yes, even Nathaniel, he has great character development, although it seems to be making him a little shit.). Bartimaeus stole the show in the first novel and was still my favorite in this novel, but the introduction of a new POV character
Cori Reed
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but still a solid and fun read! ...more
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A good sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand. Bartimaeus is back. And his former, temporary master, Nathaniel. Or, as he is known to everyone else, John Mandrake. Nathaniel. once again, summons the djinni on order to save his career. However things go from bad to worse for Nathaniel. From the Resistance, golems, skeletons and inner enemies amongst other magicians, this duo has their work cut out for them. Also, this story brings in a third perspective. Kitty, the thief leader we briefly met in the f ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this one. As usual it took awhile to get going, but would have been worth it if the story had flowed a bit more. The plotlines, although neatly wrapped up in the end, felt awkward mixed together. It made sense until the entrance of Honorius the afrit. Emotionally, even though I have MAD respect for believable characters who act like real humans (i.e flawed), it was hard to watch Pennyfeather and his selfishly stupid and inept Resistance movement. And even though Kitty ...more
I think my memories coloured this book a lot. There's much more history and politics and much less Bartimaeus and Nathaniel friendship than I remembered (I guess the latter only really happens in the last book), and Nathaniel still hasn't even started letting go of his stupid prejudices.

Also, I can accept teens being heroes when most characters are teens, but a 14-year-old becoming a minister among adults is ehh. It's pushing my suspension of disbelief more than the djinnis.
Juho Pohjalainen
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Mostly everything I said of the first book, good and ill, still holds true here. The golem is a terrifying menace that I'm going to remember forever.

Oh, and I do appreciate the way the trilogy is structured. Each book is a legitimately self-contained story, rather than forcing you to read the whole thing before it makes sense. A lot of modern fantasy authors seem to have forgotten this, and a lot of their fans forgive them for it. coughsandersothfusscough
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Reread - 27-12-2014
Procrastinating Slytherin
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
To this day this remains one of the scariest books I've ever read.

Thank you for the nightmares, Mr. Stroud.

(I love it)
Laura Paraliov
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Following up The Amulet of Samarkand, this book is just as good. It continues the story of Nathaniel, now John Mandrake, a lonely and quite helpless self-absorbed teenager with an important job and status - you can see where this is going, and you know that it's not good. He has to summon Bartimaeus again and the djinn's not happy about it, but what can he do?

You also get a glimpse in the life of the resistance - who are they, what do they do exactly and how they do it, what binds them together
Mike (the Paladin)
These are interesting (I use that word a lot don't I? Maybe I should check a Thesaurus.) books. The "human" lead character, John Mandrake/Nathanial is definitely an acquired taste. You sort of want him to succeed, but on the other hand you see the Magicians as what they are, morally repugnant. In the first book, there seemed to be hope for Nathanial to turn out, "all right". But he's obviously turning into just another ambitious, selfish, lying, magician.

Then there's Bartimaeus, a jinn (genie, d
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The pace and ideas continue in the second installment of the Bartimaeus Trilogy with The Golem's Eye.

Kitty's character gets more exposure and "page time", while Nathaniel, now a very pompous 14 year old working high up in the government, tries to track her down as leader of the Resistance, and hopefully find a link between her and the giant clay golem trashing London. At risk of making the ruling class (the magicians) look incompetent, a lot of pressure is on Nathaniel's young shoulders.

Ben McBride
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Bartimaeus is truly one of the best written characters I've ever encountered. However everything else about this book was extremely sub par. The characters seemed almost awkward and jilting. It was at times painful to read, Every part that had Bartimaeus was excellent, but the rest of it left a lot to be desired. ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first book. The demon Bartimaeus is hilarious! Looking forward to Book III!
The Golem’s Eye picks up two to three years after The Amulet of Samarkand left off. I’m guessing y’all read Amulet or you wouldn’t be here, so be warned that there are some minor SPOILERS here.

John Mandrake is a tall, gangly, sulky teenager now. He’s also a government official, the apprentice of security minister Jessica Whitwell. Mandrake is proving exceptional as an administrator and a magician, quite capable of keeping up with the adults around him. But his master holds him at arm’s length an
CONCLUSION: it was a good read.

First, the book's contents. Each one or two chapters is of a different characters point of view, and the story progressed in a amazing way, with some flash backs and so. The whole point is about a fourteen-year-old magician Nathanial and his tasks and missions being the assistant of the head of internal affairs which concerns a disastrous magical creature and a group of thieves. Kitty, after being wrongly accused, was driven to these criminals and both she, Nathan
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Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

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

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