The tremendous climax of the Bartimaeus sequence. Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has ...
The tremendous climax of the Bartimaeus sequence. Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is with an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain - the Other Place - which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians' control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores if they are to survive and prevent the earth's destruction?
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What a great read, my son and I have finished this series and what fun. Thanks Jonathan Stroud, what a great writer. I am putting together a library for my grandchildren and this series will be included. I loved the intensity and feeling included in this book. You go through every emotion with the main characters. WOW!
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-23 Three years have passed since the events of The Golem's Eye, but there's more trouble than ever in the young magician Nathaniel's London. At 17, he's climbed to the highest ranks of the British government but his now-"crippling" workload includes trying to sell an unpopular war in the American wilderness to the commoners who must fight it, and battling terrorist attacks and political corruption on the homefront. There's enough of an explosive plot in this final installment of Stroud's trilogy to fuel several novels. After two years of nonstop service to Nathaniel (known as John Mandrake), Bartimaeus has had it: "Irritable and jaded, with a perpetual itch in my essence that I cannot scratch," is how the djinni puts it. Kitty, the commoner and former Resistance leader, plays the Hermione Granger role of social conscience here: her new mission is to break the bonds that enslave the djinn to the ruling magician elite. The narrative shifts among these three, although as usual, Bartimaeus-even in his melancholy mood-steals the show. (It is an unusual novel whose best lines appear in the footnotes, but the djinni's wisecracking asides continue to be well worth the disruption in narrative flow.) This final volume fills in Bartimaeus's backstory, exposing a vulnerability not seen before, and preparing readers-after a galloping run against imps, Pestilence, Detonations, shields, charms and countercharms-for a potent ending that is at once unexpected and wholly earned. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-05 In a starred review, PW wrote, "This final volume in the Bartimaeus Trilogy fills in the djinn's backstory, exposing a vulnerability not seen before, and preparing readers for a potent ending that is at once unexpected and wholly earned." Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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