Demon extraordinaire, Bartimaeus, is stuck as a spirit slave doing dead-end jobs in King Solomon’s Jerusalem. The shame of it! Solomon’s ring of legend, which affords its master absolute power, has a lot to answer for.
But the arrival of an assassin girl who has murder on her mind, things start to get…interesting. Throw in a hidden conspiracy, seventeen deadly magicians and some of the most sinister spirits ever to squeeze inside a pentacle, Bartimaeus is in trouble. He’s going to have to use every ounce of magic in his ever-shifting body to wiggle his way out of this one.
Due to other commitments, it’s taken me a while to get through this book. It became something I could leave untouched for a while, read a page or two, before forgetting about again. Mostly down to my studies (which brought with it an ever-growing reading list), but in part as a result of the setting. Although in keeping with djinn origins from Arabian mythology, I’m not on for historical-type novels. The other books within the Bartimaeus sequence (previously Trilogy), are set within the modern day, and offer a more realistic approach to modern wizards than other children’s books I could name!
This brings me to a point of contention I have with these novels. They’re beautifully written, include an extensive vocabulary with unique, witty characters. Having them side-lined purely as ‘children’s books’ limits their readership, which, given the chance, has the potential to be wide-reaching.