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Ptolemy's Gate [Hardcover]

Jonathan Stroud
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29 Sep 2005
Three years on from the events in "The Golem's Eye", the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisors, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn. She has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is for an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain - The Other Place - which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians' control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores if they are to survive and prevent the earth's destruction?

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; First Edition edition (29 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385606168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385606165
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,371 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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The tremendous climax of the Bartimaeus trilogy in which a long-standing conspiracy comes to fruition and Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty face a final enemy which threatens them all. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Once, long ago, I was second to none. I could bore through mountains... fell forests with a single breath...'
Two-thousand years have passed since Bartimaeus was at the height of his powers - invincible in battle and befriended by the great magician Ptolemy.
Now, trapped on Earth and treated with disdain by his master, Nathaniel, his energies are fading fast. With Nathaniel preoccupied by the problems of a failing empire, and more rigid and insensitive than ever, the long-suffering djinni's patience is finally at and end.
Meanwhile, undercover in London, the fugitive Kitty Jones has been stealthily completing her research on magic and demons. She has a plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans - but first she must uncover the secrets of Bartimaeus's past.
This extraordinary conclusion to the Bartimaeus Trilogy moves across the centuries and into unknown worlds. With disaster threatening everyone in London, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty are entwined for a final time. Together, they must defeat treacherous magicians, uncover a chilling conspiracy and face the most dangerous threat in the history of magic.
Worst of all, they must contend with each other...

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional book! 29 Oct 2005
By Claire
Format:Hardcover
In his first two books, Stroud, like many other children's writers, falls into the trap of being overly patronising, preaching morals at the reader. However, this third book exceeded all my expectations. In Ptolemy's Gate, Stroud expects intelligence and emotional understanding from the reader, rather than preaching, he allows you to work things out for yourself.
I was gripped from the beginning to the end, my flatmates couldn't understand why I was getting so excited over a kid's book! I'm 20, but started reading these books after buying them for my 10 year old cousin. With my father also rapidly becoming a convert, I'd highly recommend them to any age group!
Bartimaeus, is, as ever, one of the best written and entertaining characters I've ever come across in fiction - one of the nicest aspects of this book is how much more you learn about him - the focus shifts away from Nathaniel and onto everyone's favourite djinni, leading to some wonderfully well-written, thought provoking and touching scenes as we see into his past and his developing relationship with the present-day humans.
As already mentioned by other reviewers, the ending isn't entirely unexpected, it is nevertheless extremely touching and a very fitting ending to the trilogy.
Stroud is an exceptional children's author and deserves to be known as such. I'm sure we'd all love to see much more of Bartimaeus :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By pacem et amorem TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I wasn't that impressed with the first two books in this trilogy but wanted to find out how it all ended so bought the final volume. Boy was I in for a surprise! This final book eclipses the others and makes for an exciting and rollicking read. I couldn't put it down until finished!

I'm glad I decided not to let the first two volumes put me off because the last book is fantastic. The final story has more emotion than the others and you get a feeling of really coming to know the chief protagonists, what drives them and what they are capable of. There is tension, thrilling adventure, suspense, humour and pathos all rolled in here to make the journey to the end an exciting one.

Buy this book and you won't be disappointed as you join Nathaniel, Kitty and the one and only Bartimaeus on their final, thrilling adventure!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb ending to the Bartimaeus trilogy 9 Oct 2005
By A. S. Garton VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having immensely enjoyed The Amulet of Samarkand and Golem's Eye, the first and second books of this most unusual trilogy, I had high expectations for this final chapter. I am pleased to say that I haven't been disappointed. Ptolemy's Gate is by far the best in the series and must go down as Stroud's finest work to date.
The novel is both engaging and exciting. Stroud's moves the focus of the storyline from Nathaniel to Kitty to Bartimaeus in flawless fashion. His employment of the first-person style of story telling from Bartimaeus to the more usual narrative when featuring Kitty or Nathaniel adds a dimension to this series that you'll rarely find in the work of others.
I won't ruin the plot by describing the action here - you'll have to buy the book if you want to know what happens. Suffice it is to say that Stroud beautifully ties up all the strings left dangling in Golem's Eye; and he does so most satisfactorily. You'll wind up caring for each of the three main characters and wondering whether Mister Mandrake is the magician, or whether the real wizard is Stroud himself.
Trouble is, I am now left wanting much more of Bartimaeus. Can we have some more, please, Mister Stroud?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another American who could not wait... 25 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A well crafted, and fitting end to a wonderful Trilogy. There is a sense of foreboding through the book (intentional I am sure) and an ending that is surprising and fitting. No ending with a whimper.. no "I just don't know how to stop.." it is done right. There is a LOT of Bartimaeous, which is a joy. And there is hope and redemtion in the poignant prose.
Others have reviewed this book to greater success than I could ever hope to achieve- but I wanted to add that it is WELL worth the read and among my favorite series. Some of the best fiction these days is disguised as "children's" books.
And I wanted to add that if you have not LISTENED to this story as read by Simon Jones.. then you are missing a real treat. He gives great voice to the characters- especially the wicked, sarcastic and heartfelt Bartimaeous. I highly recommend that you give the stories a listen, as well as a read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The final volume of the Bartimeus Trillogy, 'Ptolemy's Gate' is an absolute gem of a book. As well as possessing the same qualities that made the previous books so succesful, Ptolemy's Gate is made all the more satisfying by the wonderfully poignant climax it builds to, answering many accumulated questions along the way.

This series is a must-read for anyone who likes a good story (children and adults alike), and Ptolemy's Gate is easily the best of the three - once you've opened it, putting this book down simply isn't an option.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of those 'must read' books 14 Jan 2007
Format:Paperback
Jonathon Stroud has managed to combine a deep and complex plot with a wonderfully rich humour. The storyline is strong and well thought out, but the humour of Bartimaeus's narrative set this book head and shoulders above it's rivals. As the third book in a trilogy you hope for a real flourish at the end - this book's conclusion does not disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes
as i said befor i love the sereis the thing is i never get rid of a book if its great it stays and they have all stayed so far
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5.0 out of 5 stars It all ends here...
All things, bad or good, must come to an end. There is always a conclusion to events, no matter how horrific and painful they might be. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Mr D.K Lind
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Writer
This is an AMAZING end to brilliant series. The world Jonathan Stroud has created is as inventive as JK Rowling's. Read more
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Andrew G
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic addition
As an adament fantasy fan I utterly enjoyed the final part in the trilogy. Having bought the first two in a charity shop and wanting more, I ordered it online and had it delivered... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2010 by Cornelis
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-reading
Having already read these three books it would speak for itself how good these books are if i am prepared to buy them again, with millions of sales around the world i would suspect... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2010 by actionman023
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing finish
"I have started reading this book quite some time back and after enjoying it I have decided to purchase all 3 books(The full trilogy), I must say, I was not dissapointed. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2010 by Stanislav "NotStan"
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
He's back! But this time around, the smart-mouthed djinni, Bartimaeus, is exhausted from too much work and not enough time to recover in his netherworld home. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem of a trilogy
The third installment is a real gem. Like others have said in these reviews, it is very difficult to put down. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by Roboman37
5.0 out of 5 stars A great finish to an excellent trilogy
with many series finishes, the ending is, a lot of the time, poor.

but with ptolemy's gate, stroud creates a intense and almost sad finish to the series

very... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2008 by reading fool
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
well this is probably the first time ive put my book down willingly. from biggining to end the people around me were treated to my various gasps... giggles ... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2007 by minnie
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