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The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud - Bogormen
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The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud
Title: The Amulet of Samarkand (Batimaeus Trilogy #1)
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 3/5
# pages: 479
Date read: November, 2009

Nathaniel is eleven years old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional arts of magic. All is well until he has a life changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up on his education, teaching himself spells way beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-yeard-old djinni, to assist him. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.

I loved the footnotes, and enjoyed the dig at Harry Potter (chapter 11: "Well, unless age-old practices were now being dropped and apprentices were being bussed off to boarding school together (hardly likely)."), but apart from those two things I found myself very unimpressed by this introduction to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Both the characters and the plot failed to captivate me, so I ended up finishing it out of a sense of obligation more than anything else. It wasn't that it was bad, it just didn't interest me.

The footnotes did make me laugh though.

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