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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552562799
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

The Amulet Of Samarkand




The first volume in the brilliant Bartimaeus Trilogy; a gripping fantasy centred on the relationship between a magician`s apprentice and a djinni, with humorous undertones of satire.

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9780552562799
  • Imprint: Corgi Childrens
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is also the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and also of four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE. He lives in Hertfordshire with his family. He has yet to see a ghost, but is keeping his eyes open.

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Praise for The Amulet Of Samarkand

The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative

Guardian Review

The narrative slips skilfully from first person to third and back and Bartimaeus's voice is laugh-out-loud- sassy, while Nathaniel's story has an engaging poignancy as he tries to prove himself in a world in which he has always been despised

Sunday Times

Not since Gulliver's Travels has a children's writer managed to combine a thrilling tale of magic and adventure with such deliciously pointed comedy

Times

'Terrific stuff'

Mail on Sunday

Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling

The Independent

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