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. Amazon.com has lot of positive reviews about The Amulet of Samarkand, highly rating the book.