Ice formed on the curtains and crusted thickly around the lights in the ceiling. The glowing filaments in each bulb shrank and dimmed, while the candles that sprang from every available surface like a colony of toadstools had their wicks snuffed out. The darkened room filled with a yellow, choking cloud of brimstone, in which indistinct black shadows writhed and roiled. From far away came the sound of many voices screaming. Pressure was suddenly applied to the door that led to the landing. It bulged inward, the timbers groaning.
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Shelves: fantasy , young-adult If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel. The general plot is, of course, standard fantasy fare save the world! Also, there appears to be a second plot running under the main one which will obviously be continued in the later books, and this plot seems much more promising. Story-wise, this first installment in The Bartimaeus Trilogy is respectably good. However, the writing failed to appeal to If the quality of a book rested solely on its plot, this would be an excellent novel.
However, the writing failed to appeal to me in many ways that, were they not already in my possession, I might not even bother with the next two books. The gratuitous footnotes did not help. This book has too much of them, however, and most of them were either useless or flat-out unamusing. It makes me wonder if Mr. Stroud let an editor touch his book he is, after all, an editor himself.
A number of the useful footnotes could also have been incorporated into the normal narrative with a bit of rearrangement. It would have been easier to absorb, would have saved me from moving my eyes, and would have kept the book flowing smoothly. This made them so isolated, it was nearly impossible to relate to them. The story is all right nothing revolutionary, though interesting but the humor falls flat, the prose is cold, and the characters are not very loveable.
[PDF] The Amulet of Samarkand Book by Jonathan Stroud Free Download (462 pages)
The British government Magical objects, spells and places[ edit ] Amulet of Samarkand, so named for ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where it was forged; it grants the wearer immunity to magical attacks. Lutyens who tried to protect him from the beating has been fired. Embittered toward Underwood, Nathaniel studies advanced magic in secret and plots revenge on Lovelace. Through a rudimentary scrying glass, Nathaniel sees Lovelace receive a package from a bearded mercenary, the powerful Amulet of Samarkand. Days after his twelfth birthday, Nathaniel summons Bartimaeus, an ancient and cocky djinn who resents his enslavement, and charges him to steal the Amulet. At the gathering of high-ranking magicians, a Resistance member causes an explosion, resulting in several injuries.
The Amulet of Samarkand
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