Why annoy anyone who can shoot magical firebolts at you, right? Anyway, Bartimaeus, and other creatures like him, are summoned by human magicians to do their bidding. Needless to say, this forced servitude, or slavery, is not popular with the servants, so they do their best to turn the tables on their human masters whenever possible. Enter Nathaniel, a boy who is in training to become a powerful magician. In book one of the series, he summons Bartimaeus from the netherworld and an involuntary partnership begins. This time, a revolutionary group is blowing things up in London, which may or may not be related to a series of unusual occurrences that have the police stumped.
Nathaniel feels that his career would take off if he can solve these crimes. But the stakes are high because he knows that his career, and possibly his life, are in jeopardy if he fails. Of course, the djinni has little interest in helping magicians maintain their dominance. This conflict of interest makes for some entertaining scenes and conversations.
Normally I find myself disappointed in sequels. Somehow they never seem to live up the expectations established by the original. But in this case, I was pleasantly surprised. This book is full of excitement, political intrigue, and humor. Bartimaeus is back with all of his cheeky comments, and there are plenty of thrills to go around. Overall, a great book. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
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In my view, it was perfect. View all 4 comments. It is the second book in the Bartimaeus trilogy written by British author Jonathan Stroud. The first edition was released by Miramax 1 January in the United Kingdom. It was a New York Times best-seller in The book and series are about the power struggles in a magical dystopia centred in London, England featuring a mixture The Golem's Eye, Jonathan Stroud, The Golem's Eye is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. The book and series are about the power struggles in a magical dystopia centred in London, England featuring a mixture of modern and ancient, secular and mythological themes.
Mar 01, David rated it it was amazing Recommended to David by: Maitrey. Shelves: fantasy , audiobook. This hilarious novel is the second in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. The story picks up where the first book in the trilogy The Amulet of Samarkand leaves off. Most of the story takes place in London, where the government is made up of magicians. These magicians are all power-hungry, calculating, feckless, craven, jealous, and self-serving to the n'th degree.
The year-old Nathaniel is an up-and-coming magician in charge of security operations in the department of internal affairs. He is blamed for This hilarious novel is the second in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. He is blamed for incompetence with regards to two threats; the resistance--a secret society blamed for stealing magical artifacts--and a golem, who is trouncing across London causing major havoc. Nathaniel's personality has changed since the first novel--he is now more power-hungry, and his ethics have taken a bit of a dive, becoming more like those of the average magician.
Nathaniel does his best to unearth those to blame for these threats, mostly relying on his captive slave, the year-old jinni Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus is a lovable character--saucy, sardonic, witty, brave, fatalistic, and street-smart. His cheeky comments do not endear himself to his master, but they make for hilarious dialog.
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He is sagacious, and ever mindful of his limits and the limitations of the magicians. Kitty is a teen-aged key player in the resistance. She is naive, but persistent, resilient, and somewhat resistant to magic. Her high ethical standards as with most of the others in the resistance are in sharp opposition to everyone else.
Bartimaeus almost takes a liking to her, for her refreshing honesty, courage, and individualism. Now, I didn't read this book--I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Simon Jones. I must say that Jones is a fantastic reader. His British accents are wonderful, his reading of the crazy skeleton demon is out of this world, and all of the characters come out clearly as individuals.
My recommendation is do not read this book-- listen to it! View all 3 comments. Oct 14, Fares rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-and-a-half-stars. You can't can you? It's so fascinating to see this in a children's book. I usually don't like morally grey characters because I can never see the reason behind their actions.
The idea to hurt people a 4. The idea to hurt people and use them even if life did really deal you a crappy hand never really entered my head. But to see this in a child, it's really interesting. I can't put it into words. The difference between a grey character having a flashback to what happened to them to be this way and actually growing up with them till they become what they are is huge to me.
And the age makes all the difference too, if it's a younger character I sympathize more but if the character is of a certain age I really have a hard time seeing how certain events can lead them to be the way they become. Especially when they blame others for what happened to them, this always felt so childish to me. Back to this series. I've heard a couple of reviews mentioning how good of an ending this series has and I can't wait. I sense there's a whole lot more to Bartimaeus's character and I really want to see more, I really like him.
I like Nathaniel and Katty too. I don't really know what else to say, it seems that all my thoughts scattered away the moment I clicked the I'm finished button XD This really one of those books I would've loved to read and experience as a child, it's not technically and underrated book but I can't believe it's not as hyped as other books. This was a highly entertaining read and I recommend it.
Apr 08, Mary Grace Nakao rated it really liked it. My first thought right after reading the book is that it is filled with temperamental and cocky teenagers, equally self-absorbed, bickering and snotty adult magicians and one Mr. Love guru called Bartimaeus. Which actually is not a bad thing cause he cracks me up.
Yup, ive been doing that quite a lot when Im reading : Character For me, they were pretty much 1-dimensional. The magicians are power-hungry, self-obsessed, egoistic, with really nothing to brag about except they could control the Sp My first thought right after reading the book is that it is filled with temperamental and cocky teenagers, equally self-absorbed, bickering and snotty adult magicians and one Mr.
The magicians are power-hungry, self-obsessed, egoistic, with really nothing to brag about except they could control the Spirits. Most of the time, they come off very easy to manipulate. As what Bartimaeus once said, they are all driven by power and greed.
Or you know, something like that. The commoners, or the people with no magical aptitude, are either stupid or mindless cowards who spend the rest of the book just being told what to do, clueless or cowering in fear from the magicians. But I get that, we must learn to bow down to authorities but they just come off rather too compliant and dull. And if there are actually people who are willing to fight for their rights, they come off too strongly. Which brings me to the Resistance. Even to the point of being too confident with their abilities that in the end, they ended up being cocky and arrogant themselves but the second book did tackle this one out and accepted the mistakes being made.
It was dealt with properly and I liked the closure. I could sympathize with the characters but I couldn't seem to make myself care for them. The only like-able character for me is Bartimaeus, the others fell kind of flat or annoying. It took me a while to warm up to Kitty and by the end of the book, I came to like her too.
But not that much. Just enough so I could stop rolling my eyes during her POVs. Aside from all of that, I still enjoyed reading it. The readers get to be introduced to new environments and delve deeper into the story. Like the history of other Empires, the magicians, djinns.
More information were being laid out and there were a lot of actions to keep me excited. There were even time when I have to stop reading it cause I can't handle the suspense just like so: Oh, and by the way, meet Honorius. Nov 02, Alex Telander rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in He was the classic English guy writing about a doomed England of magic and magicians and the regular people known as "commoners": average English accent from near London area with some clipped Cockney when speaking, but when reading clear, upper class southern England accent; a very ordinary looking guy in a t-shirt and slacks, totally unassuming and seemingly unaware that he's a big famous author who's growing and growing in notoriety.
I was talking to him about how I really liked that in his fantasy books involving magicians being separate and higher in social stature than ordinary people like you and me, Stroud pays more attention to what is happening socially with the paradigm, than just telling a story about a hot-shot wizard doing great things. And he seemed happy to know that I had spotted this in his books.
That they took a different direction to most of the kids fantasy books out today involving the Harry Potter character, which has now practically become an archetype. In the world of the Bartimaeus triolgy, magicians don't actually have that much power. They have all their control and magic from summoning djinn from another world and using them to do magical things, and all the summoning of imps, djinn, and higher level afrits is done through reading incantations from books.
So in this world, the magicians really don't have that much power. The magicians control the entire government from Parliament to the prime minister. And then you have the ordinary people, the "commoners" who are a subjugated people who work in factories and any and all jobs that involve labor. And are meek and always do as they are told, and it comes off as an almost Orwellian distopia. Except there are a few that somehow possess some ability to take attacks from magicians and djinn and not be killed by them and that they are able to see on multiple planes.
There are seven planes, humans can only see on the first, and magicians with the aid of lenses can see the first three, while the djinn and afrits are on all seven planes. And this group are known as the "Resistance," as they try to overthrow the magicians and take back control of the country. And then there's the nebulous rest of Europe in which you have the east consisting mainly of the Czechs who are warring against the English and have been for a long time, but are now at truce. So it's a very interesting world with lots going on instead of just some tough wizard kid fighting a bad guy.
I recommend it to all who want to read a different kind of fantasy. For more reviews, and author interviews, go to BookBanter. Apr 25, Sesana rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult. I really liked the first book in the series, but this second one just doesn't match up. I still admire the world-building a magical system based on good old fashioned demon summoning! But Nathaniel has become almost unbearable to read. All the magicians, in fact, read like parodies of arrogant aristocrats.
It isn't entirely unjustified, in this world, but it sure isn't fun to read. Sadly, I didn't like the so-called Resistance much more. They don't seem to be terribly interested in doing anything other than petty thefts of magical artifacts and minor vandalism, which will do Also, they were all pretty annoying, too. In fact, the only character I liked at all was Bartimaeus, but not nearly enough of the book was from his perspective. I'm really disappointed, because I do think the world-building is generally very good and the first book was so strong. Jan 18, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: award-nominee-mythopoeic-fantasy , multiple-award-nominee , , award-winner-mythopoeic-fantasy , ya , fantasy , audiobook , award-nominee-locus , mythstories-and-legends , potteresque.
Bartimaeus is a great character and this is a fast, fun read. That said, I didn't like this installment as much as the first book in the series, The Amulet of Samarkand , which I thought was fantastic. My reasons are: 1 I thought Nathaniel aka John Mandrake was pretty annoying much of the time and sometimes downright unlikeable; 2 I didn't think the author expanded enough on the mythology underlying the story i. Criticism aside, the story is well-written and Bartimaeus, when he is on page, is a ton of fun. I will certainly read the last book in the trilogy and hope that it resembles book 1 more than book 2.
Mar 23, Vasya rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , fantasy-paranormal. I am so disappointed in Nathaniel. I really am. I just miss the little boy from the first book so much. I have a feeling that he's the necessary collateral damage from the society that he lives in, and I guess that I can understand that not all of the good guys stay good and vice versa, but I really am sad that it had to end in this way. Well, not end, there is still one more book to go before the ending of this story, but the end of this particular one.
I really don't know what is going to happe I am so disappointed in Nathaniel. I really don't know what is going to happen next, and somehow I don't even want to find out. Whan you get your hopes up this low, I really don't see how they can get back up. But, aside from my sligh negative feelings about Nathaniel, I still think that this is really a book worth reading.
Maybe it's not for little children, like I thought so for the first one, because it deals with slightly subtler and not-as-refined human emotions. I don't believe that this series could actually ever have a happily-ever-after by the fairy tale standards, I believe that the ending was as happy as it could get in the given time. And I have to say that Stroud really made a marvelous job when it comes to the subtlety in this book.
The story is fascinating. Searching for the golem's eye was very interesting from both Bartimaeus' and Kitty's point of view, and their struggles and their small meeting really left me feeling nice. I don't believe any book ever had that nice feeling attached to it. But still, it was pretty dampened by Nathaniel's behavior, because I got really attached to him in th first book.
I only hope that everything will be resolved in the next one. View 1 comment. I read the first book in this series a couple of years ago and liked it, but I never got around to finishing the series. Probably should have read it closer together. The only real criticism I have of the book is that it was too long. I could have cut pages off this thing, easy.
This takes place a couple of years after the last one. Nathaniel is rising in the ranks of the government, and he is still serving as an apprentice to one of the government higher ups. Then a mysterious and extremely dangerous magical entity starts destroying magical landmarks and tourist traps, and Nathaniel is tasked with bringing the culprit to justice. The beast turns out to be a golem, and they have to find out who put it together.
Bartimaeus is still a fun narrator. I still find it intriguing that our protagonist is so very flawed. I liked the addition of Kitty to the story. The golem was scary. I think it might just be wrong book, wrong time, and I may try again later. Dec 15, Sonja P. I really like this book series so far: Its definitely been one of the better things I have read recently. Its consistently entertaining, light in tone, and populated with memorable characters. The plot moves swiftly, and although there are definitely some borrowed elements, I think Stroud manages to be innovative within certain bounds. I was constantly entertained, and I really loved the snarky djinni.
I also loved that they added a sympathetic character in this one. Kitty was wonderful. She was I really like this book series so far: Its definitely been one of the better things I have read recently. She was clever, strong, and brave. This was hinted at before, and Bartimaeus certainly believes this, but it was good to get a clear view of the manipulation that is perpetrated by those in power. I really love Bartimaeus: I just really love how snarky and funny he was. I really liked the footnotes, as it felt like a callback to Jasper Fforde to me another book series I liked.
Recommend: Definitely. Its an entertaining read. Jan 15, Rubi rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in-english , ebook , i-love-the-cover , urban-fantasy. Unless it is still very good, I think the first one in the series is much better. Bartimaeus made me laugh a lot again, but the story is slower and less interesting. The end was very obvious too. In this second book, the Resistance take a more important roll in the story.
It is okay, but at the beginning of the book it was everything a mess switching between the magicians and the commoners, and only after a lot of pages I understood the point of such a thing. I will read the third book soon. I hope Unless it is still very good, I think the first one in the series is much better. I hope it will be so good as the first one and a fine end for this series. I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but still a solid and fun read!
Reread - Jan 15, Laura Paraliov rated it it was amazing. Following up The Amulet of Samarkand, this book is just as good. It continues the story of Nathaniel, now John Mandrake, a lonely and quite helpless self-absorbed teenager with an important job and status - you can see where this is going, and you know that it's not good. He has to summon Bartimaeus again and the djinn's not happy about it, but what can he do?
You also get a glimpse in the life of the resistance - who are they, what do they do exactly and how they do it, what binds them together Following up The Amulet of Samarkand, this book is just as good. You also get a glimpse in the life of the resistance - who are they, what do they do exactly and how they do it, what binds them together and what is their purpose. The guys and girl that made an appearance in the previous book are back and we get a glimpse into their lives and their souls.
Slow-paced in the beginning, fast-paced in the end, the book shows the cruelty of the magicians and the sufferings of the ordinary people living in oppression. It shows what makes each type of person vulnerable and how far the characters are willing to go to achieve their purpose. I'd recommend it especially for preteens and teens, but it's a good story for any age.
I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was in the 7th grade, and would reread it anytime. From insufferable, untouchable, despicable characters you'd like to tear to shreds to kind and caring characters who become corrupted and turn sour, you'll find a lot of real typologies of people and you'll hope and get mad along with the main characters, like you'd be there with them.
Jun 12, Juho Pohjalainen rated it liked it. Mostly everything I said of the first book, good and ill, still holds true here.
The golem is a terrifying menace that I'm going to remember forever. Oh, and I do appreciate the way the trilogy is structured. Each book is a legitimately self-contained story, rather than forcing you to read the whole thing before it makes sense. A lot of modern fantasy authors seem to have forgotten this, and a lot of their fans forgive them for it. View 2 comments. I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as I would've liked to.
Nathaniel John Mandrake has gone from an ambitious wizard with some redeeming qualities to a pompous jerk think Percy Weasly here! I was never a big fan of Nathaniel in the first book, I really didn't like him in this one. However, I liked it that Bartimaeus nicely foiled with Nathaniel and found their scenes together absolutely hilarious.
Also, adored Bartimaeus's foot I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as I would've liked to. Also, adored Bartimaeus's footnotes. Meanwhile, we get newcomer, Kathleen "Kitty" Jones, who's on my list of top 10 best female protagonists. What I liked about her is that she's not the type of character you're supposed to root for but you do it anyway.
In The Golem's Eye, Nathaniel has been appointed the task to stop the resistance movement who's been terrorizing the magician community while simultaneously solving a case regarding a mysterious creature also attacking London. But Nathaniel can't do this alone, leading to him summoning his good ole chum, Bartimaeus- the snarky, sarcastic djinni we all know and love. Yet, Bartimaeus has very little interest in helping magicians resulting in plenty of confrontation with a side of comical footnotes.
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Meanwhile, Kitty is plotting revenge to destroy the man who ruined her reputation with help from her Resistance group and wreaking havoc upon London. The plot seemed to drag on and on, however, things started to come together in the second half so that was a plus. However, I didn't really care for the plot so much regardless- this was a very character driven book for me and I was just there for Kitty and Bartimaeus the whole time.
Overall, not a bad sequel.
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I'll probably wind up reading the third book when my TBR stack gets shorter. Mar 18, Jamie rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , books-i-own , young-adult. A good sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand. Bartimaeus is back. And his former, temporary master, Nathaniel. Or, as he is known to everyone else, John Mandrake.
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However things go from bad to worse for Nathaniel. From the Resistance, golems, skeletons and inner enemies amongst other magicians, this duo has their work cut out for them. Also, this story brings in a third perspective. Kitty, the thief leader we briefly met in the f A good sequel to The Amulet of Samarkand.
Kitty, the thief leader we briefly met in the first book. She is a active member of the Resistance. However, things for her go bad to and soon all three meet up, once again. Overall, well done. I am very much enjoying this series. Bartimaeus is still a great character, however Nathaniel has become career and self obsessed and often frustrating. I loved learning about Kitty, her backround, personality and more. A strong, well-written character. Even Nathaniel is, in a unlikeable way. The story is nicely paced with a blend of past and present. Also a great character blend.
It made for a fun read. These are interesting I use that word a lot don't I? Maybe I should check a Thesaurus. You sort of want him to succeed, but on the other hand you see the Magicians as what they are, morally repugnant. In the first book, there seemed to be hope for Nathanial to turn out, "all right". But he's obviously turning into just another ambitious, selfish, lying, magician. Then there's Bartimaeus, a jinn genie, d These are interesting I use that word a lot don't I? Then there's Bartimaeus, a jinn genie, djinn or Not a being you'd expect to like This is the second book in the Bartimaeus trilogy and the story picks up a few years after the close of the first.
These books are well done, give a good story with lots of adventure and laughs from the narration as well as the tale itself. The pace and ideas continue in the second installment of the Bartimaeus Trilogy with The Golem's Eye. Kitty's character gets more exposure and "page time", while Nathaniel, now a very pompous 14 year old working high up in the government, tries to track her down as leader of the Resistance, and hopefully find a link between her and the giant clay golem trashing London.
At risk of making the ruling class the magicians look incompetent, a lot of pressure is on Nathaniel's young shoulders. Bartimaeus, true to form, feels he is the only one truly sensible. With his entertaining views on everything from other djinn to Nathaniel himself, he continues to be the most engaging character. The wit and satire also continue, and the ending has a satisfying climax as we draw closer to solving the over-arching plot. I think my memories coloured this book a lot.
There's much more history and politics and much less Bartimaeus and Nathaniel friendship than I remembered I guess the latter only really happens in the last book , and Nathaniel still hasn't even started letting go of his stupid prejudices. Also, I can accept teens being heroes when most characters are teens, but a year-old becoming a minister among adults is ehh. It's pushing my suspension of disbelief more than the djinnis. Bartimaeus is truly one of the best written characters I've ever encountered.
However everything else about this book was extremely sub par. The characters seemed almost awkward and jilting. It was at times painful to read, Every part that had Bartimaeus was excellent, but the rest of it left a lot to be desired. Apr 01, Lisa rated it really liked it. Much better than the first book.