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The Magician's Apprentice,
This review is from: The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy) (Paperback)
Once upon a time, in an alternative magical version of London, there lived a young boy by the name of Nathaniel, who was apprenticed to a magician. In this London, magicians ruled the country as members of parliament, with their own invisible army that included imps, marids, afrits and djinns, waiting to be summoned into service.
Young Nathaniel was a fairly diligent pupil, until one day when a haughty, braggart magician named Simon Lovelace humiliated him publicly and his weak master failed to defend him. Angered by this unfortunate experience, Nathaniel immersed himself into his studies, and just like the Sorcerer's Apprentice before him, soon began experimenting with magic far beyond his capacity to control.
In a calculated act of revenge, he summoned a powerful and ancient djinni named Bartimaeus and commanded him to steal Lovelace's most cherished possession. Bartimaeus is the craftiest, funniest, and least modest fictional character in recent young adult fiction, and his part of the story is the most entertaining I've read for a long time.
Of course when magic is involved, lots of things can go wrong, and they certainly did for Nathaniel, his master and Bartimaeus. Diabolical deeds, murderous plots, and magical mayhem are all on the menu in The Amulet of Samarkand, which I highly recommend to all young readers.