The Amulet Of Samarkand
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The Amulet Of Samarkand

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The first volume in the brilliant, best-selling Bartimaeus sequence. 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 135 x 201 x 31mm | 346g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552562793
  • 9780552562799
  • 83,464

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"Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling" Independent "The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative" Guardian "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" The 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" The Times "Terrific stuff" Mail on Sundayshow more

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan is the author of the bestselling Bartimaeus sequence, as well as standalone novels HEROES OF THE VALLEY, BURIED FIRE, THE LEAP and THE LAST SIEGE. Jonathan worked as a children's book editor before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in St Albans with his wife and two children.show more

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A young magician's apprentice, Nathaniel, secretly summons the irascible 5,000-year-old djinni, Bartimaeus, to do his bidding. Bartimaeus must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from the master magician Simon Lovelace, and before long Nathaniel and Bartimaeus are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, rebellion and murder. The Bartimaeus books are published in 35 language and have sold 5 million copies worldwide. The magic continues with: THE GOLEM'S EYE PTOLEMY'S GATE And look out for: [image of RING OF SOLOMON] 'There are many delights to savour in this series' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Set in modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, bestselling thriller will enthral readers of all ages.show more

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