- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 3 edition (Jan. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078683868X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786838684
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three Ptolemy's Gate Paperback – Jan 1 2007
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About the Author
Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.
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Nathaniel goes through some character building in this book, finally realizing that he is not the peaceful boy he was in the first book. He is the only magician with a conscience, and refuses to be like the others in Parliament. He is qutie brave in this book.
Kitty Jones appears again, with an even bigger part than in book 2. The chemistry between Nathaniel and Kitty is still there, and more obvious in this book.
We learn more about Bartimaeus' past, and why he uses Ptolemy's form.
We delve deeper into the limits of magic.
Incredibly captivating, you laugh as you did with the other books.
The ending caught me off guard, and it is pretty shocking. I won't go into detail.
Definetely pick up this book, it's a great read for any reader.
The feisty Bartimeaus, a wise-cracking, shape shifting demon called a djinn has returned for a star role in book three: Ptolemy's Gate is as witty as ever. The gangly boy, Nathaniel, a wizard who's risen in power. He's also the youngest minister ever in the history of magic, and is Bartimeaus's master. Another key character is Kitty who plays roles in the previous books. She's a quiet girl with a big secret; she belongs to an organization that is resistant to magic. The organization has caused several rebellions.
It's London, England somewhere in the 1900's, and Nathaniel has kept Bartimeaus as an unwilling servant for 3 years. Bartimeaus is growing weaker, and has been sent on a mission that very well be the end of him. If you want to know what happens, read the book!
I'd recommend this book to people who like the magic of Harry Potter, and the humor of the Gordan Korman books, but probably 10 and up. I give this book 4 stars!
In this third installment of THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY, the hero is again a djinni who has little respect for humans and even less interest in their petty wars and government squabbles. The magicians who rule England in this series of books insist on summoning Bartimaeus and scores of other demons to fight their wars, provide magical assistance of all sorts, and generally do their bidding. The demons see this treatment as slavery, and for good reason. What would you call forced servitude for no pay under threat of intense pain?
PTOLEMY'S GATE opens to find poor Bartimaeus stretched to the breaking point by his magician master, Nathaniel. A war in America is going poorly, the commoners of London are growing tired of the ruling class of magicians, and young Nathaniel is looked upon with jealousy and mistrust by his co-workers. As a result of all of these threats, Nathaniel rationalizes the need to keep Bartimaeus around to help him deal with the many problems that he faces. After a long association with the djinni, it is almost as if Nathaniel trusts his reluctant servant. And it is almost as if Bartimaeus has a shred of concern for human dealings. Almost.
PTOLEMY'S GATE is an excellent capstone to the extraordinary Bartimaeus series. I enjoyed all of these books immensely and recommend them to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy. Like the first two books, THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND and THE GOLEM'S EYE, this one is filled with humor and excitement. These books also offer some social commentary for those who want to pay attention to such things. For example, the ruling class of magicians in these books take extreme measures to maintain their own positions, while claiming that they are really just interested in keeping the masses safe. There are resistance groups that oppose the government, and they engage in acts of terrorism to free themselves from the magicians' oppressive yoke.
The entiretrilogy is a fun-filled pleasure to read. Doubtless it would be possible to read PTOLEMY'S GATE without having read the previous two books, but I would not recommend it. There is quite a bit of background that would be missed, and the story would definitely suffer. While the first book in the series, THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND, could probably stand alone, the second two (THE GOLEM'S EYE and PTOLEMY'S GATE) should be read together. And once the last page of PTOLEMY'S GATE is turned, readers will undoubtedly wish they could summon Bartimaeus back for more.
Reviewed by: K. Osborn Sullivan
An excellent conclusion to the trilogy, Ptolemy's Gate neatly wraps up the various stories and plot lines, with some characters recurring to finish off their "dastardly deeds". The climax is satisfying not just in ending this book but for finishing the whole trilogy.
Kitty and Nathaniel (whose magician name is John Mandrake) join forces, with much squabbling, to defeat the demons who have taken possession of the government, while poor Bartimaeus is weakened by being kept in the human world without a rest in three years. His sense of humour is intact, but there's no question he is the most sympathetic character in the trilogy. Even Kitty, with her indomitable spirit and quick mind, needs less help than the poor djinni. Though, by the end, Nathaniel just manages to redeem himself.
The back story of Bartimeaus and Ptolemy is quite lovely, and, ironically, fleshes out the djinni into a character with a strong presence. The trilogy has managed to reveal his character, his personality, all his fears and desires and self-defensive mechanisms, with less tell and more show. Stroud has proven himself skilled at character development, pacing, plot construction and, of course, humour.
I'll certainly be keeping my eye out for more of his books in the future.
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