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The Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel (The Bartimaeus Sequence) [Paperback]

Andrew Donkin , Jonathan Stroud
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3 Feb 2011 The Bartimaeus Sequence (Book 12)

The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence, now adapted into a stunning graphic novel format - this is Bartimaeus as you've never seen him before!

Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, has revenge on his mind. Desperate to defy his master and take on more challenging spells, he secretly summons the 5000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus. But Bartimaeus's task is not an easy one - he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, Bartimaeus and Nathaniel are caught up in a terrifying flood of intrigue, rebellion and murder.

Set in modern-day London controlled by magicians, this brilliant adaptation of Jonathan Stroud's bestselling novel will enthral readers of all ages.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552563706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552563703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York University. He has a strong background in children's books. While writing his earlier novels, Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege, he worked as an editor in a London publishing firm, editing a number of game books and non-fiction titles . Now, with the worldwide interest in the best-selling Bartimaeus trilogy, he devotes himself to writing full-time. He also travels extensively, promoting his books. Ptolemy's Gate, the last title in the Bartimaeus trilogy, has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jonathan now lives in St Albans with his wife two children.

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...illustrated superbly in this graphic novel. The colours are delicious - rich yet real, bright yet not busy, with realistic shading and other changes of tone.

The whole artwork is superlative, with characters - human, magical or otherwise - simply and well defined.

That and a whole lot more suggest this book is a faithful adaptation, cherishing the original and only making it more vivid.

With the look of this tome the standout, this is the best preteen-read-to-graphic-novel book I've yet seen, making it better than the Alex Rider, Charlie Higson young Bond, and even our co-adaptor's Artemis Fowl tie-ins. It's a lengthy book, for it doesn't appear wordy yet contains a satisfying amount of bulk. It reads fine, and looks splendid, and I have no problem recommending it.

" (The Bookbag)

"The art work that is done by Lee Sullivan and Colour by Nicholas Chapuis is just wonderful. Its bright and colourful and really is easy on the eyes... Overall, a great fun read that will make you want to go out and buy the orginal books. And a huge thumbs up for a very happy four year boy who is totally in love with this graphic novel. 4/5" (Love Fantasy scif fi novels blog)

"an electrifying tale" (Lancashire Evening Post)

"...Bartimaeus' most famous adventure has been brought to stunning graphic life in this beautiful adaptation... This book is 144 pages of pure fantasy gold... It is great to see the story come to life through the wonderful illustrations and colourful layout." (Scribbler!)

"

...a faithful and well-considered take on the near 10-year-old tale...

...atmospheric visuals...

...artwork is beautiful throughout...

9/10 - A charming fantasy romp

" (Jonathan Wilkins Totalscifionline.com)

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The first volume in the brilliant, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence, now adapted into a stunning graphic novel format - this is Bartimaeus as you've never seen him before!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful rendition 30 Jan 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
It's always interesting to see how a book is adapted to a graphic novel. Not just to get the artists impression but purely because so much has to be cut to streamline the story to make it fit the medium. This title (the first in the Bartimaeus series) is wonderfully creative and brings the impish magic of the djinn to the reader. It works beautifully as the cracking original story by Jonathan is complimented by the art of Lee Sullivan. Add to this a great adaptation, some seriously detailed artwork of London and the reader really has a treat in store. Perhaps a good way to interest some readers in books as it could be used as a great cross over in much the same way that the Artemis Fowl graphic novels were utilised.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average adaptation of an excellent novel 14 April 2014
By hfffoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is quite good but only really works because the novel on which it is based was so good. The adaptation itself is very average.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring on the rest 4 Nov 2011
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a big of the Bartimaeus series but I was unsure of how it would translate to a graphic novel. The books are very, very wordy but nothing has been lost in the translation. The vision of London, as drawn by Lee Sullivan and Nicolas Chapuis, is exactly how I pictured it in my head while reading the novel all those years ago. Only the colors and wide panels make it look so much more theatrical. As expected, it's a condensed version of the story, but the brisk pace means that there are no distractions. I impatiently await the second novel (which was a bit of a let-down for me) to be adapted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully drawn excellent story 3 Mar 2011
By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This graphic novel adpatation of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus book is excellent. Nathaniel is the young apprentice of a magician in a modern day London where the ruling class of politicians are replaced by magicians, and the underclass is those without magic. Nathaniel is humiliated by Simon Lovelace, ruthless and powerful contemporary of his master and in order to take revenge summons the ancient djinn Bartimaeus. Great plotting, great adpatation and wonderful artwork of the story of a young magician to rival Timothy Hunter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Colourful. Son Loves it 31 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I just want to thank Random House/Corgi Books for giving me this to review.

I have really never had an interest in graphic novels. I have only ever bought one and that was the Twilight graphic novel just because it was Twilight. So when the publishers contacted me about reviewing this I was unsure at first but thought I would give it try and I am really glad I did. When it came in the post my four year son clocked it and wanted it. So first I read it myself them we sat up last night and read together. We both enjoy it.

The Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel is an adaptions of the orginal novel (which I have yet to read) its follows the story of a young magican Nathaniel after he summons a Djinni called Bartimaeus and takes them both on a action packed adventure. That will surely be enjoyed by the young and old.

The art work that is done by Lee Sullivan and Colour by Nicholas Chapuis is just wonderful. Its bright and colourful and really is easy on the eyes. Usually I have seen graphic novels that only use black and white and maybe that is the reason why I have never really took an interest in them. However, this really captures you and it is very easy to follow. However, my only negative would be the size of the writing. It is rather small and even though I wear glasses to read and I could read it ok. I think if some people would struggle with the text size.

Overall, a great fun read that will make you want to go out and buy the orginal books. And a huge thumbs up for a very happy four year boy who is totally in love with this graphic novel.
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