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doc Ò The Amulet of Samarkand ✓ Paperback read Û Nathaniel is a boy magician in training sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master Powerful magicians rule Britain and its empire and Nathaniel is told his is the ultimate sacrifice for a noble destiny If Magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs The boy's only saving grace is the master's wife Martha Underwood who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardl Such a wise cracking djinn such a tiny jerkish upstart You will absolutely devour this book It's hilarious Told from the very different viewpoints of Bartimaeus a smart aleck djinn who has lived thousands of years and has nothing to show for it but an I rock you don't attitude and Nathaniel 12 year old jerkwad apprentice whose lifelong dream is to be a huge im portant government official and have millions of obedient djinn slaves at his fingertips Bartimaeus isn't making it easy for him this book is a full of humor and helps us to know the true meaning of friendship a little better Even if the friends sometimes hate each other for a while This unlikeliest of pairs will do their best to undermine a conspiracy against the fat lazy corrupt government and share a few moments that will make you laugh out loud in the process

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Nathaniel is a boy magician in training sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master Powerful magicians rule Britain and its empire and Nathaniel is told his is the ultimate sacrifice for a noble destiny If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough Nathaniel's master Arthur Underwood is a cold condescending and cruel middle ranking Within the first few sentences my heart sank Oh no I thought fanciful purple prose attempting to set a magical aura about the opening scene GOTCHA shouted Stroud Well played sir well playedOne thing The Amulet of Samarkand does not do is take itself too seriously That was a relief I had approached this with trepidation I'd heard good things but I wasn't in the mood for some heavy going in a kiddies' fantasy world with evil baddies precocious sprites etc No instead what you get with this book is a relaxed tone a great sense of humor and a worthwhile adventure Normally I don't go in for pseudo sci fi or fantasy that includes that 4th wall breaker the sarcastic narrator with a modern sensibility and a sassy tongue but this one works It's humor mostly derived from Bartimaeus the wisecracking cynical djinni summoned to do a boy's will reminded me of PG Wodehouse while its snide self satisfaction was reminiscent of Harry Harrison's work especially his character Slippery Jim of Stainless Steel Rat It's good self referrential stuff like that that doesn't disturb the suspension of disbelief at least not for me The action follows the aforementioned snide demon like djinni and a petulant boyyeah not a lot to choose from there in the main character line I mean I don't reuire a white knight to side with as my story's hero but rooting for a coupla dicks can be tough Yet Stroud makes it work By the end you're pulling for these two to save the day The lead up to that end by the way does drag a bit just before it breaks into the exciting climax It's one of the book's few faults Another would be how the pov flitters back and forth between the two main characters at breakneck speed by the end too much for my taste but that's a minor personal annoyance and doesn't really damage the story too much In the end this is a 4 Star book that gets an extra star from me for pure enjoyment reasons

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The Amulet of SamarkandY master who does not defend himNathaniel vows revenge In a Faustian fever he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills all the while trying to appear subservient to his master When he musters the strength to summon the 5000 year old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand the boy magician plunges into a situation dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine This is a difficult book to rate It was very well written with an intriguing plot and engaging wit That being said I must admit that it was frustrating than enjoyable for meThe main problem was that I disliked both of the main characters one is a wily demon Bartimaeus and the other is a 12 year old kid who is way too smart for his own good Nathaniel I think you'd get a similar result if you paired CS Lewis's Screwtape with Rowling's Draco Malfoy Don't get me wrong I love The Screwtape Letters but with nothing enlightening to learn from the demon in uestion and having to read a much longer book full of it the negativism got old As for Nathaniel I know he had a miserable childhood and all but he was whiny at the best of times; at the worst he was downright treacherous He used words like conscience justice and honor but it always felt like he was acting out of guilt ambition and revenge I hoped he would change over the course of the book but I was disappointedI also found Stroud's entire magical universe uite depressing portraying all magicians as parasitic slave drivers who have very little magic of their own and instead must prey on the powers of demonic magical beings from the Other Place