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The Amulet of Samarkand (Amulet Trilogy) (The Bartimaeus Sequence)
The Amulet of Samarkand (Amulet Trilogy) (The Bartimaeus Sequence)
by Jonathan Stroud
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amulet of Samarkand (Amulet Trilogy), 7 Nov. 2003
Fantastic! I cannot wait for the next installment. This book is well written and moves quickly. Set in London this book has all major politicians depicted as magicians who dabble in intrigue. Into this situation comes Nathaniel, a very able boy and apprentice to Mr. Underwood. Angered at the slow pace of his tuition Nathaniel studies hard and learns quickly. His timid and self conscious master proceeds too slowly for Nathaniel and Nathaniel soon discovers this causing him to view his master contemptuously. Summoning a djinee he sets off a chain of events that coninually spiral out of his control. Written alternately from the boy's and djinee's viewpoints this book is a refreshing slant on the current magic fixation as well as giving a more modern (English?) setting to some of the Arabian Nights fantasy.

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