THE RING OF SOLOMON
In this brilliant new installment in the best-selling series, history is revealed as readers travel alongside Bartimaeus to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon for his most exciting adventure yet. Return to the witty, wizardly world of the Chronicles of Kazam with the fabulous follow-up to The Last Dragonslayer. Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now its finally on the rise, and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk!
A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle! Jonathan Stroud www. He lives in England with his family. Average customer rating 4. As with the previous Bartimaeus books, Stroud offers a witty, intelligent, and remarkably deep character in the djinn, Bartimaeus. While ever trying to secure his release from servitude, Bartimaeus out-smarts, manipulates, and manages to escape and succeed in his various tasks and assignments. Although he proclaims repeatedly that he has no time for humans or their machinations, he actually reveals a profound care and soft-spot for them, at times to his detriment.
In any case, each of his adventures in this book, particularly, allow Stroud to turn the basic questions of good and evil, free will and servitude, and the dilemmas of personal values over blind obedience. I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like this device - it disrupts my flow of reading - and Son Number One, a big fan, says I should put them into my review as a compliment, not a nitpick. So, I will say this: they are screamingly funny and I have been known to cry with laughter when reading them, but I-would-still-prefer-them-in-the-main-narrative.
Son Number One will say this: the footnotes are brilliant and my mother talks rubbish. You decide! The plot has more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, and a great many surprises. It's easy to read and exciting with a huge cast of colourful characters.
And it's light of heart, even in the midst of murder and mayhem - Stroud's tongue is never far from his cheek, and I love this about his books. Underneath, there are some more serious themes to think about, such as the corruption of power and the evils of slavery, but what The Ring of Solomon really gives you is pure pleasure of reading.
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The Ring of Solomon
I loved the trilogy. It was a fantastic story well worth a second read. We don't need some feeble excuse to extend what was well done and complete, and this is not that. This is a stand alone story featuring my favorite 4th level djinni. I have some knowledge of history and I was wondering how Mr. Stroud was going to involve a historical character, but I needn't have worried.
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The author is a master and I will happily devour as many Bartimaeus exploits as he can provide. Given some years of earth history, there are probably a few more tales waiting to be told. In the meantime, read this one. Bartimaeus is such an amusing character that it's hard not to like these books.
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He's vain, witty, irreverent, occasionally brave usually when the only alternative is certain death , and shows more humanity than most of the humans in these stories. This book lacks the complexity of the earlier books, particularly the first. For example, Asmira is a somewhat paler, less-developed version of Nathaniel, and while both are forced to re-examine their core beliefs, Asmira is much more black-and-white. Nathaniel's ambition and doubts, by contrast, make him a deeper and more satisfying character. Similarly, the antagonists here are simpler - an evil magician - compared to the deeply corrupt society in the first book.
But Bartamaeus' humor and antics carry the day. One note about the Kindle edition: part of the joy of these books are the footnotes.
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With the Kindle, these are accessible via links, but these require more navigation. They're well worth reading, but ebook mechanics make this less convenient than print. Well written and fun with a little historical fiction with a twist. We werent ready for the original series to end.
This goes back to Bartimaus' time during Solomon's reign. Good conversations with my 11 year old but decent amount of death and violence so if you don't want that Iys not the main bulk of the story but its there. I found the first book of the Bartimaeus Trilogy to be the most entertaining. Because it had lots of Bartimaeus and thus plenty of Bartimaeus' wit in it.
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