Minggu, 28 November 2010

The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy) - Book 1

Bed rest in a week is good for your health. Not for my sanity ;p
Boredom made me mussed my book shelves. Found myself a novel, but i only read page one, then got bored again.
My hubby gave me few magazines, CLEO, GRAZIA, Femina, and i finished them only in two days.
Then i remember my brother's book collections. He doesn't collect many. But most of them are good fantasy books. At first, i was looking for Magyk series by Angie Sage. Too bad he's only got two series of those. You know, curiosity kills the cat, right? And i don't want to killed by curiosity after a week of sickness, please.

I led my sight into three scary covered book. They're The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Straud. My brother has three of them. So i snatched the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand.
The first chapter was about Bartimaeus, a djinni got a call by a boy. The boy asked him to steal The Amulet of Samarkand, from a cocky greedy witch, Simon Lovelace. Bartimaeus did the risky job with lots of questions in mind. Who was the master of that boy? For heaven's sake, he was only 12 years old, and looks like he didn't know how big is the Amulet's power.

The action part of Bartimaeus sneaking into Lovelace's house was intriguing. He has to fight Jabor, and Faquarl, two of Lovelace's powerful djinnis and also Bartimaeus colleagues. They were so big, and more powerful than Bartimaeus. But an order still an order. If he bailed out, he has to risking his life. Good for Bartimaeus, he's a smart and tricky djinni.

After the job is done, Bartimaeus found out that Nathaniel, the boy, did it for revenge. A silly revenge, only because Lovelace mocked him once, and got his favorite teacher Ms.Lutyens, fired. Nathaniel meant to show Lovelace who's the boss. Unfortunately, he shown it wrong. Lovelace has a grand plan on that Amulet. A plan that would change the whole world of witch.

What i like:
Bartimaeus can change form into many things. Monkey, sparrow, or an Egyptian Boy (his favorite). So during the persecution of Nathaniel and himself, we're not only amazed on how good the action is, but also the transformations. The descriptions of situations, every details, spells, artifacts, are very good. You really can imagine it as real as you want. And one thing that i saluted Jonathan Straud is this book has satire humor, and also silly wordplay. Good one :D

Eh, by the way, this is not a new book. The second copy released in 2007. So for you who has read it.. sorry for the late review, hehehehe ...

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