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The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
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Apr 21, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-fantasy

Well-written and engaging, this book alternates between the points of view of Bartimaeus, a djinni, and Nathaniel, the 12-year-old magician who has summoned the djinni to do his bidding. Like most beings from the Other Place, Bartimaeus is a reluctant servant, and having half the story told from his point of view provides us with a rather unflattering view of Nathaniel. In fact, I don't like the character much myself, but as this is the first volume in a trilogy, I'm hoping to see some positive developments in his character later on.

Simon James narrates this audio book marvelously.

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