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Ptolemy's Gate

(Bartimaeus #3)

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Nathaniel 17 treats Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is weak from too much time in this world, near the end of his patience. Rebel Kitty 18 hides, stealthily finishing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she ...more
Hardcover, First American Edition, 501 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Hyperion/Miramax (first published October 2005)
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Jacob Karmiol This book's plot and setting are built entirely on the work of the two previous books, so would definitely recommend reading those first.…moreThis book's plot and setting are built entirely on the work of the two previous books, so would definitely recommend reading those first.(less)

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Jayson
(B+) 76% | Good
Notes: It's the best of the series, but like the rest, an otherwise fine story is spoiled by a chaotic, poorly-written closing battle.
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Amanda
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Jamie
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic final book to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. I actually give this a 4.5 stars. In this book, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel (John Mandrake) and Kitty are back. Its three years after the events with the golem from the second book. Nathaniel is now a member of the council and one of the closest magicians to the minister and holds substantial power. Kitty had been working as an assistant to a magician in order to gain knowledge on Bartimaeus and his past. Bartimaeus....well he is much as he has been in t ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This book is very close to 5 stars...let us say it's another of those 4.5 books. I can recommend it and I do, but with a caveat, it is considered to be a youth or YA book. Be sure that your "youth" is mature enough for the book. I will go so far as to add a spoiler below for those who wish to know in more detail what I mean.

This is the third in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. They are good books, and deal with in an over all sense attitudes of cooperation and equality. The Magicians are the ruling clas
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3), Jonathan Stroud, C2005
Ptolemy's Gate is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is the third book in the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud. It was released in the United Kingdom in September 2005, and in the United States in December of the same year.
Characters: Bartimaeus, Kathleen "Kitty" Jones, Nathaniel
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عنوان: دروازه ی پتولمی؛ اثر: جاناتان
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Having now finished the entire trilogy, I can say that this ranks in my top 5 "All Time" YA fantasy series ever. After loving the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, I was a little disappointed in the second volume, The Golem's Eye, for reasons set out in my review. Thus I was a little worried about how the final installment would play out.

Turns out that each one of my gripes about the second volume were dealt with beautifully in this story. The series ended on an incredibly
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Maria Salinas
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this fantastic ending to a wonderful trilogy, Jonathan Stroud has managed to do something that I find is rarely done in any series. With Nathaniel, Kitty, and most importantly, Bartimaeus back for another riveting book, deeper conflicts emerge that we didn't fully understand in the previous two books. With secrets from Bartimaeus's past, we get a window peek at The Other Place, and a slowly changing relationship between the three characters, this book is by far the greatest ending to the tril ...more
Sache
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whoever loves Fantasy
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Liz
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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gio
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NO FREAKING WAY.
NO.

LYS GO HIDE IN A CORNER.

"I want to see what you think of the ending"
By now I should know that when Lys says that, I'm going to suffer. I mean, I didn't see that coming. At all. And it was a fitting and beautiful ending but...but, my heart is crushed, broken in little pieces! T.T

It's kind of pointless to talk about the plot, because I don't want to spoil the series for anyone. I loved Bartimaeus (Barty :3) and Nathaniel. I've always liked Kitty's character but I've never love
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David
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, fantasy
The British empire is falling apart, even as its troops are fighting off the rebellion in America. Commoners are starting to protest in the streets of London, as they see the casualty numbers. Meanwhile, the elite magicians cannot put aside their personal ambitions for a moment, to think through how to preserve their country and their empire.

Young Nathaniel, a magician who is slipping away from his earlier idealism, writes wartime propaganda for hometown consumption. Idealistic, feisty Kitty Jon
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Glassshadow
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
First of all, don't be fooled by the "Young Adult Fiction" label.I think anyone who enjoys a good read should give this trilogy a try. Yes, I even recommend it to those who don't normally read fantasies.
This books is the final installment in the Bartimaeus trilogy, and arguably the most unique and satisfying conclusion I've ever read in any story.
I find most fantasy heroes to be generic and predictable, for they are "destined" to fulfill an important role. They are depicted as brave, determine
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Chie
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
I'm hugging the book. It's not fair. Cries.

Review to come, if I can ever properly formulate my feelings for these characters.
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Ashley
Worth slogging through book two just to get to this one. (And I’m still not convinced my reaction to that book wasn’t just me trying to read it at the wrong time.)

This is the third and final book in the original Bartimaeus Trilogy (he wrote a prequel in 2010 but I think I’m going to pass on that one). It takes place three years after the events of The Golem’s Eye. Nathaniel/John Mandrake is high up in government now, in charge of what is essentially the propaganda department, and is currently pr
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Amanda
Its taken me almost two years to read this trilogy and honestly the only thing keeping me going was the fact that a friend recommended these to me and I couldn't not read them... That being said I am glad I stuck with it! (Switching to the audio halfway through book two also really helped, Steven Pacey does a great job!)
Nathaniel's a twat and its nice for a change that characters don't easily and miraculously change, once a twat always a twat! And Bartimaeus, I am going to miss him. Was never re
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Nenangs
Amazing book. Not Perfect, but amazing nonetheless...

The transformations of the characters, the plot, the storytelling, the battles, the culmination, the ends, they're just great!

In average, the trilogy got 4 stars from me.
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Mary Grace Nakao
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is by far, the best book ive read the whole year and possibly one of the best in my entire life. If I could make a top ten list of my favorite books, this is definitely one of the top five or three. Doesn't really matter cuz its THAT great.

Even up until now, I could still feel the tightness in my chest and the shallowness of my breath. I havent felt like this about a book for almost a year.

Let me start from the very beginning. The book started out okay. It wasn't really gripping enough but
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Shravanthi
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that is what I call a Grand Finalé.

The third and final book in The Bartimaeus Sequence was amazing. The writing and plot picked up from book 2 (The Golem's Eye. Review >> Here). The story arcs of every character in the novel were dealt with meticulous perfection and as a reader I am completely satisfied.

Bartimaeus has a beautiful and painful back story which I loved reading about. It was a long time coming. I waited 3 books for this! It justifies his nature as a considerate (tad bit more t
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Rubi
It was very disappointing... That is why it took me ages to read this book. I did not like the end of these series. :(
Lemar
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hearing this beautifully written novel by Jonathan Stroud read by Simon Jones is a delight, its considerable literary content expertly leavened with laugh out loud humor and dazzling prose. I liked this series!
Listening to an audiobook is still new to me but, having heard the previous two, I looked forward to saving this one for a series of long drives.
Giota
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I’m hardly ever moved by books (I’m a bit cynical), but Ptolemy's Gate made me tear up, which is an indication of how much I connected with the characters and Nathaniel in particular. I know Bartimaeus is the protagonist but I was rooting for Nathaniel from the start. Nathaniel is a good example of a tragic hero.

The plot was quite predictable but it was beautifully executed. We got a lot of Bartimaeus’ backstory, especially his time with Ptolemy.

The ending, though quite unfair, left the door op
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Kimberley doruyter
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
sooo verrrry borrreddd.
Juho Pohjalainen
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a pretty good ending to a competent series, that closes all plotlines and wraps up loose ends in a generally fair manner. I also appreciate the character development - every main character has come a long way and grown as people (or spirits), even in individual books, making it really feel like they've been through things and become stronger as a result. I guess it's good to note here now that we're at the very end of the story.

It did end up a bit messy and hard to follow towards the end, t
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Ayman Teaman
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
**Summary**
Rating: 5.0
An epic finale of an extremely fun, emotionally-charged, humor-packed tale that intertwined three great characters you cannot help but love.
This book is by far one of the best finals of any trilogy I have ever read so far.

Why did I pick this book?
This time, it is not only Bartimaeus that made me read the final book in the series. I wanted to know more about the rest of the characters; I wanted to know what will happen between Nathaniel and Kitty, and ultimately I neede
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Reviews May Vary
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
What the holy fudgey hell was that ending, Jonathan!!? I should have expected it... but I did not. I hope I remember this feeling of outrage if I ever review this book.

This is my second romp into the fantasy worlds of Jonathan Stroud. In this trilogy, he creates a world of magicians in which magic is really being wielded, not by magicians themselves, by jinn and other spirits that are enslaved servants of magicians.

I've been looking for a book in which the protagonist was on "the wrong side" a
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Cori Reed
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!
Ewelina
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, british
actual rating: 4.5

i will need a very, very long moment to get over this
Jaemi
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, if you haven't read the first two books of this trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye), I wouldn't start with this one. Without all the back-story there's a lot to miss. That being said, I think this might have been the best of the three.

We're back in London, after the downfall of the Lovelace affair, and Nathaniel/Jonathan Mandrake, is now Information Minister. The Commoners are growing restless, the war in America is going poorly, and Bartimaeus has been kept in
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ian
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the last book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy a few minutes ago. The whole set is exciting and very funny. I just loved it.[return][return][return][return]The Bartimaeus Trilogy is made up of the following books: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate. The story revolves around Nathaniel, a young magician who develops his powers and ascends the ranks in the English government, which is run by magicians. In the story, magicians get their power from spirits ...more
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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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Bartimaeus (4 books)
  • The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
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