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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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Aug 07, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 07 to 08, 2012

I listened to this on audio, and found Simon Jones to be a wonderful narrator. Stroud's wonderful world and engaging characters had me hooked from the first page. I especially enjoyed Bartimaeus' sections of the book, his wit and candor was hilarious and addictive.

The book centers on the Djinn Barimaeus and his 'master' Nathaniel. Young Natty is the erstwhile student of Arthur Underwood a rather mid-range magician who either ignores Nat or cruelly misinterprets Nat's attempts to impress his master or to protect himself.

Nathaniel's impatience with his master's slow methods finally cracks when his Master stands by and allows Nathaniel to be chastised and beaten by a rival. He summons Bartimaeus to wreak his revenge, but ends up biting off a lot more than he can chew.

Anyone who enjoyed such books as Harry Potter or Howl's Moving Castle would enjoy this one just as much.

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