The Bartimeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand
A review for Johnathan Stroud's book The Amulet of Samarkand, book one in The Bartimeus Trilogy.
The Amulet of Samarkand by Johnathan Stroud (Review)
Let me start out by saying that I really liked this book as well the other two in the trilogy. My hat goes off for Johnathan Stroud for his literary work of art. Oh goodness! I'll have to try my best not to make this a spoiler. Without further a do, here's my review...
Nathaniel is a lucky kid. Perhaps not from his point of view, but compared to the others in London,he's lucky. Bartimeus is a smart and powerful djinn. Not to mention somewhat cocky; probably not from his point of view, but compared to others, he is cocky. When you put those two together, you get chaos. You see, Nathaniel had an incident with a guy named Simon Lovelace, and now he's hell bent on getting revenge. He summons Bartimeus to come to his aid, and steal- you guessed it- the Amulet of Samarkand. I really can't say much else from the story line, otherwise I might spoil something extremely crucial to the plot of the story. So I guess I'll get in to the way the book was crafted.
This book was nicely written. The characters are solid, and you can feel their emotion as the fight through the plot. Beyond that, Johnathan Stroud has placed a nice twist on how the book was written. one thing that is hard about writing is having two main characters with equal importance to the plot. Johnathan has not only achieved that, he has also made a first person, third person shift between Bartimeus and Nathaniel. This way, we can focus on the depth of the story when we read as Bartimeus, and we can focus on the other stuff when we read as Nathaniel.
Altogether, I give this book a five out of five. I haven't found any faults in this. I love the entire trilogy, and it get pretty hard to talk about one book without spoiling the things to come. Well, I recommend this book of course, and if I've tickled your curiosity, then head to the library or book store and pick up Johnathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand