Wednesday, December 3, 2008

#41 - The Amulet of Samarkand

The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud, was a series I picked up a book at a time from Borders' bargain bin. It is a young adult series I had feared was going to poorly proxy the Harry Potter series, especially due to the bargain bin part, but I bit anyhow... hey the covers are metal/foil iridescent and I can't pass up shiny fantasy books. :) You know the story, orphaned boy wizard sent off to study and learn of his "ultimate sacrifice." Seriously, except for Hogwarts it is an almost carbon copy. But, and most importantly, it all wildly diverges and quickly redeemed itself in my eyes. The boy summons a 5,000 year old djini that adds humor and character to a well written tale that is easily worth reading regardless of your age. In this case I'm glad I judged a book by its, shiny, cover and not the quick summary which screamed of a poor copy cat young adult fantasy novel. Recommended.

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