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The Amulet Of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud 1767/836 illustrated by David Wyatt
first published 2003
Fantasy and Magic for ages 13 to 17 published by Doubleday
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £10.39, usually dispatched within 24 hours.
Naomi King's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
A story about a young magician's apprentice who summons a djinni, a supernatural creature, to help him get his revenge on another magician, Simon Lovelace.
What happens?
Nathaniel, the young apprentice, was ridiculed by Lovelace a couple of years ago and sought to seek his revenge by stealing the Amulet of Samarkand from him with the help of a djinni, Bartimaeus. But things turn out a lot more complicated when Nathaniel and Bartimaeus get caught up in a rather dangerous plot created by Lovelace's ambition to be in control.
Is it easy to read?
It was an easy book to read and a highly enjoyable fantasy novel, although it does centre around the occult. It is exciting but not scary, entertaining but not silly, clever but interesting. The target audience would be for teenagers, both male or female.
Anything else?
I loved this book, it was very fun to read, and although it looks quite long it never gets boring or loses any of its wit and suspense. A few points were not quite explained fully, such as what the group of children in the streets of London that captured Bartimaeus were actually up to or where they had got their powers from, but it was great read with a satisfying ending and left me hoping that Stroud would write a follow-up story or, even better, make a series.
Other books by Jonathan Stroud include Buried Fire.
Who says so?
This review by Naomi King.
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