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Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Trilogy) Hardcover – 7 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books; 1st edition (7 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038560615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385606158
  • Package Dimensions: 22 x 14.4 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bartimaeus is back! After delighting many fantasy fans with his ancient wit and wily wisdom in the first instalment of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Amulet of Samarkand, the wise-cracking centuries-old djinn returns for the sequel and is on sparkling form once more. And despite the strong human stars in this superior magical adventure, it is difficult to think of any other character as its star. As follow-ups go, it’s almost as good and equally as enjoyable.

Nathanial, a talented magician and now fourteen, is a rising star in the Internal Affairs office of a magician-controlled government in a quasi-historic city of London. Confident of his abilities, there seems like nothing he cannot handle in his glittering career. But the growing resistance movement is disrupting the capital with its thefts and raids and Nathanial is asked to deal with it. When he makes little progress to track down the movement’s leader, Kitty Jones, Nathanial recalls the services of his familiar--Bartimaeus.

However, the young magician’s task is made more difficult when a series of terrifying attacks occur. They are perpetrated on London by a monster Golem who is manipulated by an unknown wizard, yet blamed on Kitty’s marauders. Bartimaeus and Nathaniel venture to Prague and beyond in their efforts to track their real enemies down.

Along the way, Stroud’s plots and counter-plots, class wars and magical phenomena, provide a ceaselessly readable narrative that is always entertaining. Chapters are alternately viewed from Bartimaeus, Nathanial and Kitty’s points of view and the added perspectives really help the reader to fully appreciate the author’s intricate plotting. Here is an invented fantasy world that rivals Garth Nix at his best and is rich and complex enough to be appreciated by some readers many years older than its intended younger audience. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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'You're a natural.' Ms Whitwell told Nathaniel. 'Work hard and you'll go far.'

Two years have passed since the events of The Amulet of Samarkand, and the young magician Nathaniel is fast rising through the government ranks. It is up to him to put an end to the thefts and raids inflicted on London by the mysterious Resistance.

But it is not an easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel's job - and perhaps his life - are soon at risk. As the pressure mounts, he is distracted by a new series of terrifying attacks on the capital. Is is the Resistance again, or something more dangerous still? Nathaniel must uncover the perpertrators fast, and this means desperate measures: a journey to the enemy city of Prague and - worse - summoning once again the troublesome, enigmatic and quick-witted djinni, Bartimaeus.

Meanwhile Kitty and her fellow rebels are planning their most daring exploit of all - one that will make their fortune and change the history of London for ever.

A thrilling sequel to the best-selling The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye is a roller-coaster ride of magic, adventure and political skulduggery, in which the fates of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus and Kitty explosively collide.

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