The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy #1)

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When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.

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Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny." If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough, Nathaniel's master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The boy's only saving grace is the master's wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday. Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him.

Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine. In British author Jonathan Stroud's excellent novel, the first of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the story switches back and forth from Bartimaeus's first-person point of view to third-person narrative about Nathaniel. Here's the best part: Bartimaeus is absolutely hilarious, with a wit that snaps, crackles, and pops. His dryly sarcastic, irreverent asides spill out into copious footnotes that no one in his or her right mind would skip over. A sophisticated, suspenseful, brilliantly crafted, dead-funny book that will leave readers anxious for more. (Ages 11 to adult) --Karin Snelson

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The first audiobook in a thrilling new trilogy about an apprentice magician and the powerful djinni he summons.

Nathaniel is a young magician with only one thing on his mind: revenge.

As an apprentice to the great magician Underwood, Nathaniel is gradually being schooled in the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a rising, star magician. When Simon brutally humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to speed up his magical education, teaching himself spells way beyond his years. Eventually, he masters one of the most difficult spells of all: summoning the all-powerful djinni, Bartimeus.

But summoning Bartimeus and controlling him are two very different things--and Nathaniel may be in way over his head.

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Jonathan Stroud
Editore: Corgi Childrens (2004)
ISBN 10: 0552552577 ISBN 13: 9780552552578
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Descrizione libro Corgi Childrens, 2004. Taschenbuch. Condizione libro: Neu. Neu Neuware, Importqualität, auf Lager, Versand per Büchersendung - 'Dämonen sind überaus heimtückisch. Sie fallen dir in den Rücken, sobald sich ihnen auch nur die geringste Gelegenheit dazu bietet. Hast du verstanden ' Und ob Nathanael verstanden hat. Er weiß genau, was es mit der Macht von Dämonen auf sich hat. Aus diesem Grund hat er sich ja für Bartimäus entschieden, den 5.000 Jahre alten, ebenso scharfsinnigen wie spitzzüngigen Dschinn. Nathanael braucht einen mächtigen Mitspieler für seinen Plan, denn er will sich rächen! Der Auftrag an Bartimäus ist klar: Er soll das Amulett von Samarkand stehlen, das im Besitz von Simon Lovelace ist. Doch Nathanael hat keine Ahnung, wie gefährlich dieses Amulett ist. Bevor er und Bartimäus sich versehen, geraten sie in einen reißenden Strudel mörderisch-magischer Intrigen. 496 pp. Englisch. Codice libro della libreria INF1000333279

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Jonathan Stroud
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Descrizione libro Corgi Childrens, 2004. Taschenbuch. Condizione libro: Neu. Neu Neuware, Importqualität, auf Lager, Sofortversand - 'Dämonen sind überaus heimtückisch. Sie fallen dir in den Rücken, sobald sich ihnen auch nur die geringste Gelegenheit dazu bietet. Hast du verstanden ' Und ob Nathanael verstanden hat. Er weiß genau, was es mit der Macht von Dämonen auf sich hat. Aus diesem Grund hat er sich ja für Bartimäus entschieden, den 5.000 Jahre alten, ebenso scharfsinnigen wie spitzzüngigen Dschinn. Nathanael braucht einen mächtigen Mitspieler für seinen Plan, denn er will sich rächen! Der Auftrag an Bartimäus ist klar: Er soll das Amulett von Samarkand stehlen, das im Besitz von Simon Lovelace ist. Doch Nathanael hat keine Ahnung, wie gefährlich dieses Amulett ist. Bevor er und Bartimäus sich versehen, geraten sie in einen reißenden Strudel mörderisch-magischer Intrigen. 496 pp. Englisch. Codice libro della libreria INF1000360565

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