Friday, August 15, 2008

Ptolemy's Gate by Johnathan Stroud

Two thousand years have passed since Bartimaeus was at the height of his powers, invincible in battle and befriended by the great magician Ptolemy. Now, trapped on Earth and treated with hatred by his master Nathaniel, Bartimaeus finds his energies rapidly fading.

Meanwhile, the fugitive Kitty Jones has been completing a secret mission on magic and demons. She hopes she can break loose the secret of djinns to humans.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Sid B. of Year 8.C

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


By: Jonathan Stroud

This the second book in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The young magician Nathaniel is quickly moving up the government ranks, at fourteen he is already assistant to the Head of Internal Affairs. But the mysterious Resistance inflicts terrifying destruction on London, and soon Nathaniel’s job and his very life is under threat, not only from the cheeky Kitty and her “buddies”, but from an unknown source. Nathaniel is forced to embark on a mission to the enemy city of Prague and to summon once again the annoying, troublesome and smart djinni, Bartimaeus.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Sid B. of Year 8

Friday, August 01, 2008

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

A young magician’s apprentice, Nathaniel, secretly summons the 5000 year old djinni, Bartimaeus, to do his bidding. The task for Bartimaeus is not an easy one at all- he must steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, Bartimaeus and Nathaniel are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical chaos, rebellion and murder.

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: Sid B. of Year 8