The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy) Paperback – 29 Sep 2005
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The alternating perspective between the three central character add depth, detail and humour to the action-packed thrills. - The Times; Wittily written with amusing footnotes, this is an exciting page-turner of a sequel. - Birmingham Post; "Another sophisticated, sardonic satire... It is a fast-paced, frightening and funny and you don't want it to end." - The Bookseller; A vast plum pudding of a novel that improves with each mouthful. - The Independent; Fresh, downbeat, witty and wise, this novel is a worthy sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand. - TES
Book II of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The eagerly awaited sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand is an unputdownable combination of magic, adventure and political ambition, with an enigmatic djinni as complex as ever!See all Product Description
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I've tried to analyse why I found it something of a chore initially, and concluded there were two possible problems. Firstly, Bartimaeus, whose witty voice added so much humour to the first book seemed to be somewhat underused. I always felt that in book one, it was his chapters that really sparkled - so hearing less of him was certainly a disappointment. I suspected that the prologue was added to inject a bit of excitement and start the book from Bartimaeus's point of view, instead of waiting a hundred or so pages for him to appear - but otherwise, it added little to the overall story. Instead we have new narrator, Kitty - and although, at first, I found her a dull substitute for the djinn, it was eventually her part of the story that held my interest and kept me reading. I warmed to her in a way I never managed with Nathaniel.
The second problem was that Nathaniel seemed even less likeable than in book one. Whereas, in 'The Amulet of Samarkand' he had some redeeming features and won the reader's sympathy by being the underdog - in this book he seemed cold, hard and very unsympathetic. I realise that he has to have some kind of emotional growth curve over the series and will, no doubt, learn from his mistakes - but I would've preferred him to be a little easier to relate to; after all, he is the main character.
In retrospect, I decided that I enjoyed the book, despite my early doubts - and look forward to the next instalment.
Nearly three years have passed since the events of "The Amulet of Samarkand". Nathaniel (more widely known as John Mandrake) is now apprenticed to Jessica Whitwell, the Security Minister, and works at the Department of Internal Affairs. His boss, Julius Tallow, is a typical magician : cruel, arrogant and self-serving, he would happily throw another (such as Nathaniel) to the wolves if it meant saving his own hide. (These same qualities, with extra ambition, have also become more pronounced in Nathaniel). However, since Tallow has more problems than he's aware of, Nathaniel's main rivals are the Chief of Police (Henry Duvall) and his assistant (Jane Farrar).
Nathaniel has been put in charge of pursuing the Resistance, a group of commoners who oppose the Magicians' Rule. Generally, their attacks have been limited to small-scale thefts, nothing that would've left Nathaniel under any great pressure.Read more ›
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An altogether astonishing book. Each novel is told through a series of highly original set pieces, and the author writes fluent action sequences. Read morePublished 4 months ago by amazon_user98
Thank you very much for the book, good condition as stated, and enjoying reading it :)Published 12 months ago by Jacqui Taylor
I love the imaginative story line and the great way Stroud tells it. He writes in a funny, light and rhythmic way. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Mouga
Jonathan Stroud is a very accomplished author whose stories are always greatly enjoyable, both by younger readers and by adults. Read morePublished 22 months ago by BookWorm
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This second Bartimaeus volume is almost as gripping and enthralling as the first. Like the first, it is complete in itself, well edited, never self-indulgent, and yet there are... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Peter King
Exciting spellbinding many twists and turns un put down able with magic and mayhem an outcomes you would never guessPublished on 31 Oct. 2013 by Parchment