The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud is a fantasy novel which I enjoyed a lot. I have justed finished reading it and now I want to find the second book of  The Bartimaeus Trilogy, which is The Golem’s Eye. This novel reminds me the Harry Potter which is the most famous Fantasy novel of all times. But There are differences specially in main characters.

When five-year-old Nathaniel’s parents sell him to the government to become a magician’s apprentice, the boy is stripped of his past and is given over for training to a grim, mid-level magician from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Over the next seven years, Nathaniel studies the lessons given by his cold master, but in secret he delves into advanced magic books, gaining skill beyond his years: he summons a djinn to steal the powerful amulet of Samarkand. Inspired by a desire for revenge, this bold act leads to danger and death.

If you like Fantasy Novels which are about magic then you are gonna enjoy The Amulet of Samarkand a lot. The story is written in cool way, Nathaniel’s third-person narrative alternates with the first-person telling of Bartimaeus the djinn, a memorable and highly entertaining character. This is the first novel of  The Bartimaeus Trilogy and if you read this you will be want to read the second book. has lot of positive reviews about The Amulet of Samarkand, highly rating the book.

The Mark of Ran by Paul Kearney

The Mark of Ran by Paul Kearney is one of this many more fantasy Novels. This is the first novel of series The Sea Beggars. This is an novel about gods, pirates and magic. I think this The Sea Beggars series is sea based novel series (I have read only the first book).

According to tradition, the world of Umer was abandoned by its creator, and all things have since decayed. Traditions also speak of an ancient, powerful race, the Weren, whom some believed to be angels, and others, demons. Young Rol Cortishane, brought up by his grandfather in a remote fishing village, is of Weren blood. Forced to flee for his life at 15, he takes the first of his voyages involving discovery, in this case both of the coasts of Umer and of himself, and he finds danger, friendship, and bittersweet love.

The Mark of Ran is a Fantasy Novel filled with Romance, Dark Magic, Navel wars, Adventures, Assassins and everything you can imagine. Its a good fantasy novel. I’m looking for the second novel of The Sea Beggars, This Forsaken Earth.