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Jonathan Stroud "The Amulet of Samarkand"

Jonathan Stroud "The Amulet of Samarkand"

The sulphur cloud contracted into a thick column o f smoke that vomited forth thin tendrils... There was a barely perceptible pause. Then two yellow staring eyes materialized in the heart o f the smoke.
Hey, it was his first time. I wanted to scare him.

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 few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge.
Against his will, Bartimacus 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 arc 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.
The Amulet o f Samarkand has been received with worldwide acclaim. Film rights have been sold to Miramax and the novel is being published in many languages.