The Amulet of Samarkand (A Bartimaeus Novel #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the A Bartimaeus Novel series.

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This middle grade fantasy is a starkly realized reimagining of our world where spirits provide almost limitless power to the Magicians who can control them.  To this day, this series remains one of my all-time favorites.  Not only is the writing itself incredible but its main character is one of the most powerful examples of character growth you will ever find in a middle grade novel.

— From Paul


Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion.

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud ( is the author of two previous books in the Lockwood & Co. series as well as the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus books, and the stand-alone titles Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his wife and two children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780786852550
ISBN-10: 0786852550
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 12th, 2004
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: A Bartimaeus Novel