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Reviews of Ptolemy's Gate (2005)

Review by hammad (2008-04-07) Contains spoilers. View anyway.

I agree with kanjisheik when he says the series is better than Harry Potter. By the end of this last book, you will be crying till you have no tears left.
Stroud's writing style is not very mature and I will admit the story feels just a bit shallow at points but it is amazing. I have never been so attached to a book's characters ever before.
The evolution of Nathaniel's personality is finalized in this book and his apathetic nature is slowly dissipating.
The final scene is just amazing and just makes one wonder if there can be a better book ever written. 10/10 for Stroud on his final attempt.
I hope there is more of the Bartimaeus series.

(This review refers to the 2005 version titled “Ptolemy's Gate”)

Review by kanjisheik (2007-06-28)
Ptolemy's Gate is set three years after the events of The Golem's Eye. Now Nathaniel is the Information Minister- the youngest ever!- and an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London. And the sad thing is, he is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever: the long-suffering djinni is growing weak from too much time in this world.

Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty [under a different alias] has been stealthily completing her research into magic and Bartimaeus' past, by entering a magician's houselhold as an assistant. Kitty hopes to break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans by following Ptolemy's footsteps-- but will she be able to get anyone to listen?

This book deals with Barty's past and his relationship with Ptolemy, who was his master a long time ago. Ptolemy had postulated that if djinns could appear on Earth, then humans could visit "The Other Place". And Kitty does exactly that!

What I love about this series is that it deals with a completely different type of magic: gone is Rowling's Hogwarts, muggles and quidditch; instead Stroud's world draws on a different source of magicó afrits, djinnis and sprits summoned and controlled through elaborate rituals and protections that force them into unwilling servitude to those with enough magical knowledge to harness their deadly power. To tell you the truth, I felt that this trilogy is far better than Harry Potter.

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