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The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Trilogy Book 4)

The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Trilogy Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Stroud
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"Jonathan Stroud has created another winner in The Ring of Solomon, his latest Bartimaeus story. Wonderfully written and brilliantly plotted . . . Brilliant" (Bookseller)

"The voice is as funny as ever, but there are also passages of eerie beauty . . . Stroud has lost none of his dazzle" (Suzi Feay Financial Times)

"Wonderfully written and brilliantly plotted, this book provides an entertaining cast of characters and a satisfying denoument, with ends finally tied after many twists and turns. Bartimaeus himself is a brilliant creation, offering lots of comedy opportunities to the writer" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)

"May be the best one yet . . . Needless to say Bartimaeus is a tad resentful of the magicians and expresses his disgruntlement with wit, much sarcasm, and occasional magician-devouring" (Susan Goundrey Kruse Stories from the Web)

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A spellbinding addition to the internationally acclaimed, bestselling BARTIMAEUS sequence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (14 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GJJSO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Djinn magic 10 Oct 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Jonathan Stroud, has long been a big name in the young adult world and yet I've only really read one of his titles before (Heroes in the Valley) which whilst fun, didn't exactly set my world alight and left me wondering exactly how he'd managed to earn the kudos of so many readers.

That was until I read this book. Whilst I haven't read other titles in the Bartimaus series, I was instantly struck with the authors writing style, that was not only fast paced but also written with an almost unparalleled level of humour as the reader follows the exploits of our heroic djinn. The style was crisp, the dialogue ideal but overall the real thing that sells the book is the principle character who not only stole the show but gave the reader a real link to the world in which he inhabited. This was done through his sense of humour alongside his warped principles for the way that the world should work which when backed up with an ego the size of a skyscraper really did make this something spectacular.

Finally add to this a seriously huge story arc, a huge selection of supporting cast members and an easy to access world made this ideal reading material and overall really has made me want to buy the previous titles so that I can have a lot more fun with the heroes other exploits. Great stuff, although judging by how the djinn have been pushed into service to create things for other, I do wonder if they sprinkled Jonathan's writing with some of their magic. It really is just too good to be true.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dream of Djinni 14 Sep 2010
By Book Gannet VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
In a world where wizards regularly summon a host of demons to become slaves to their every whim, life can be pretty tough on the demons - or imps, foliots, djinns, afrits and marids, if you want to be polite about things - as Bartimaeus could tell you. After all, no sooner has this smart, dashing, and did he mention highly intelligent, ancient, revered and all-around brilliant djinni disposed of a typically incompetent and meddlesome master, then he's brought back.

As punishment! Which is not how things are supposed to work. Then again, events in Jerusalem 950BC are far from usual. All because King Solomon has a Ring, which can summon a host of demons with a simple turn, and bring about destruction with a mere thought.

But just when Bartimaeus thinks things can't get any more humiliating, the real trouble starts. Well, when one's slave of someone call Khaba the Cruel, things aren't likely to get better. And that's before the fanatical girl with a death wish arrives...

Bartimaeus is back! The sarcastic, witty, devilish yet surprisingly honourable djinni returns, and his mouth is as big as ever. Fans of the original trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, Ptolemy's Gate) won't be disappointed with his newest (or rather oldest, since we're back in Bartimaeus' long past) adventure. And for those who've never met him before, all the important stuff is included, so you won't get left behind.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!! 29 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This won't disappoint the many Bartimaeus fans around the world. It has the same zany adventures and the same arrogant humour. You do need to have read the other books first though in order to fully understand shape changes, planes of perception, djinns, imps etc to say nothing of the footnotes which are a fundamental part and are often wickedly funny. To read a fantasy novel which has no recourse to bad language and copious amounts of violence is a welcome treat these days. Something I do need to stress is that in my opinion, this novel is to be enjoyed by all ages. Well written and a real treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel to the Bartimaeus Trilogy 30 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I passed this on to my 12 year old, a Bartimaeus fan, who had this to say;
"This book is good because you don't have to have read the first three books of the Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Golem's EyeThe Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy) and Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Trilogy)) to read and appreciate it.
Bartimaeus has ended up in the service of King Solomon and so far he's
Insulted Solomon's wife by turning into a dress-wearing Hippo in front of her
Killed one of Solomon's best magicians, and
Ended up in the service of an assassin who's determined to kill King Solomon for his ring.
The book is full of adventure and quite a few jokes... good for young teenagers. I can't wait for another sequel."
I read Bartimaeus books over the holiday and I really enjoyed them. This one didn't disappoint, and the fact that it could be read alone is a big benefit. Good for teenagers from 12+, our 18 year old cousin is desperate to borrow it. If you're already a fan, go for it, if you're a fantasy fan, go for it. If you don't like fantasy, genies and magic.... well, give it a go. You never know!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars when was the last time you hugged your Djinn? 21 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having read the original Bartimaeus trilogy several times I was very happy when the author announced he was working on this book. I read his blog and followed his writing process. When it was released I purchased it almost immediately.

The setting is different from the trilogy as it's set in ancient times. That makes it already not as good because it becomes a standard adventure whereas the trilogy had an underlying theme and you could see the connections to modern day London.

Bartimaeus is his usual self and the gallery of demons around him are also fun to read about. However, the human characters aren't as fleshed out as they were in the trilogy and I found them bland at times.

With all that said it's a great, fun, story for everyone. But coming from the superior trilogy I can't give this any better grade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Thank you. Book in good conditions.
Published 1 month ago by Miguel Magina
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bartimaeus sequence is one one my all time favourite series of...
The Bartimaeus sequence is one one my all time favourite series of books, even rivalling Harry Potter, funny tense and and excellently written, truly entertaining books.
Published 3 months ago by Adam Boushear
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always the Bartimaeus series delivers a wonderful mix of adventure and humour!
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a really good book from Jonathan Stroud, just what you would expect from him.
Published 4 months ago by mum in a hurry
5.0 out of 5 stars great advance
i have loved the sequence since the beginning, i already thought of stroud as a great writer but he has really outdone himself this time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Paul Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars A much wanted Xmas present
My daughter absolutely loved this and the other 3 in the series when she opened them on Christmas morning
I love it when playing Santa pays off
Published 11 months ago by wendy Kay
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great book I would recommend it to kids and adults alike. A truly amazing and gripping story it is amazing
Published 11 months ago by Miss S M Benham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A wonderful antidote to the bereft feeling after finishing the third on the trilogy. This series is being ordered for my son, but I am equally enthralled.
Published 12 months ago by barneyrkent
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as original series
If your a fan it's not bad, but it lacks the pace of the original series and I think Bartimaeus has mellowed as his comments are no longer so waspish!
Published 12 months ago by R Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars comments on the ring of solomon
I didn't like the Ring of Solomon quite as much as the Bartimaus Trilogy. It didn't have the same punch for me. Read more
Published 13 months ago by christabelle hooper
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