The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy’s Gate

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is a towering edifice among mainstream fantasy.  An alternative London is divided between ruling magicians and oppressed commoners. Nathaniel is an apprentice magician who calls upon the 5000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus for assistance.

Bartimaeus suffers Nathaniel’s ineptitude with sardonic wit and wisecracks.  Questions about Bartimaeus’s past are answered. All comes together in an absolutely satisfying conclusion, but not before chaos threatens everyone and everything.

Though this is technically a young adult work, the main characters are complex and intriguing enough for mature readers, and Bartimaeus himself is a delight.  Stroud plausibly ties in most of the accepted norms of summoning demons / djinnis, and in this one also seamlessly incorporates possession.


5 Responses to “The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy’s Gate”

  1. Firstly, I demand a more in-depth review of this, one of my favourite books. And what class Stroud writes with! The last time I wept about not meeting some characters again was with LOTR!

    New review!

  2. Hear that? She demands, she says!! Will do a new review just as soon as you cough up some dough, you miserly little brat! Or at least a treat at Lemon Grass.

    Yes, folks, Extempore is absolutely right. This series is an unmitigated delight, and if you don’t meet Bartimaeus, Saqra Al Djinni himself, then half your life is a waste. Go forth and read it immediately. Or better still, do your kids a favor and gift it for Christmas.

  3. The treat at Lemon Grass is open whenever you get to Bby. Wanna meet meet me at Amfah Biryani in Mehdipatnam this Jan instead?

    p.s. Try Stroud’s The Last Siege as well… wonderful book. 🙂

  4. I too am a fan of YA. Haven’t read this one but I’m always open to new reading ideas for the elementary school ages.

    By the way, if you have the time… I’ve been tagged. See my blog for the instructions. No pressure. This is a busy time.

    Happy holidays,

  5. @Extempore: Thanks, O Magnanimous One. *bow bow* I’m not worthy. I’m not worthy.
    [Q is in Hyd in Jan, sans us, and he’ll curdle the biryani in your gizzard with lectures on why books are bad of eyes, health and sanity.]

    @Cereal Girl: a meme! spreading the weirdness through the blogosphere like a virulent virus?! great idea! count me in and watch the space. Merry Christmas, hon!

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