The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Trilogy) Library Binding – 11 Apr 2008
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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 Strouds 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, its 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 movements leader, Kitty Jones, Nathanial recalls the services of his familiar--Bartimaeus.
However, the young magicians 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 Kittys marauders. Bartimaeus and Nathaniel venture to Prague and beyond in their efforts to track their real enemies down.
Along the way, Strouds 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 Kittys points of view and the added perspectives really help the reader to fully appreciate the authors 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Meanwhile, the Resistance continue to perform thefts and raids in their effort to to expose magicians as unfit to govern. Adding to the strange mix is a golem inflicting a series of terrifying attacks on the capital, a monster who may be under the control of a senior politician. Nathaniel finds himself being charged with the task of getting to the bottom of things to protect the government ... and save his career at the same time.
Like its preceding volume in The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Golem's Eye is a fast-paced and entertaining read that is sure to delight Stroud's growing army of fans. This time round, the narrative switches between three viewpoints and not just two: those of Nathaniel and Bartimaeus (as in the first book) and Kitty, a member of the Resistance. This makes for a more balanced brew.
The expansion of Kitty's role (a character who made only a brief appearance in the first novel), is the main reason why I think this sequel is a better book than the original. The story is no longer told through the eyes of a magician and a creature of magic, but also through the eyes of a commoner and a female one at that.Read more ›
This book is spectacular...I can't describe it. It's from the view of three different characters, Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and the young spunky member of the Resistance, Kitty Jones. It also contains one particular chapter which features Simpkin, a foliot from the first book who dies. Mr. Stroud, that was a nice touch to the story and a tribute to Simpkin who I will miss (too bad Bartimaeus didn't kill him off...).
The title, The Golem's Eye, refers to an enourmous clay man called a golem which is controlled by the golem's eye, a clay eye set in the middle of a golem's forehead in which a magician can control it with a regular crystal ball or orb.
I could go on hours and hours complimenting this book...but for now I must stop. I can't wait for The Other Place and of course, the Amulet of Samarkand movie!
Nathaniel has risen in the government ranks and is trying (unsuccessfully) to hunt down the Resistance when 'The Golem's Eye' takes up the action two years later. After London suffers a series of terrifying attacks he reluctantly summons Bartimaeus once more. Their perilous search for the golem and its secret master takes them undercover to enemy territory in Prague. Kitty and the Resistance take a more focal role in this book, weaving their adventure-filled way through the action and clashing with Nathaniel along the way. Kitty's view of the government provides Stroud with another satirical vehicle.
In 'The Golem's Eye' the frail trust built between Bartimaeus and Nathaniel in The Amulet of Samarkand dissipates as Nathaniel identifies more strongly as a magician and is consumed by the power and ambition that goes with the role. With the withering of this fragile rapport comes a growing affinity between Kitty and Bartimaeus.
Stroud challenges fantasy conventions of good and evil in this trilogy: his demons are the good guys and the magicians are the baddies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book for 10 year old boys. The copy was a bit damaged but it did the job. Thank you.Published 10 months ago by Sandrine
He's rude. He's surly. He won't hesitate to tell you when your haircut looks stupid. And in over 5000 years, he's seen some bad haircuts. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2009 by TeensReadToo
A terrific read. Much darker than the first book in the trilogy. If you enjoyed the first book you will definately enjoy this one as well. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2006 by A. J. Nivison
The sharp-tongued djinn of "Amulet of Samarkand" returns in the second book of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2006 by E. A Solinas
The second book in the trilogy. Nathaniel calls upon Bartimaeus for a second time to help him through hard times. Read morePublished on 27 Dec. 2005 by Peter McCall
Although i am only 13 years of age i read The Amulet of Samarkand and The Golems Eye in under a week, i just coud not put it down!!! Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2005
After thoroughly enjoying 'The Amulet of Samarkand' I was eager to read the next instalment of Nathaniel's adventures - so much so, I managed to get hold of an advance proof copy. Read morePublished on 18 April 2005 by Chrestomanci
I've just finnished reading this in snatched moments over 5 days.It was very entertaining and a great read time just flew by as I just wanted to read and read. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2005 by Suzieuki
The Amulet of Samarkand is, in my view, a pacey, un-put-downable read, while the sequel feels bloated and overwritten. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2005