Synopses & Reviews
Bartimaeus, everyone's favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series, now available in paperback. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now fans can go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950 BCE. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He'll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into just a "spot" of trouble with King Solomon's magic ring .
In this exciting prequel set in ancient Israel Stroud presents an early adventure of his sharp tongued djinn Bartimaeus. King Solomon has risen to greatness due to the unparalleled power of his magical ring but having had his marriage proposal rejected by the queen of Sheba he now appears to be threatening her kingdom with destruction. Young Asmira the fiery captain of the queen's hereditary guard is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate the great king and steal the ring. Meanwhile Bartimaeus as sardonic egotistical and mouthy as ever perfectly capable of "devouring old magician and departing his tower with a burp and a smile" is currently controlled by the wicked Khaba one of Solomon's court wizards and is bitterly unhappy with his lot. When djinn and would be assassin team up complex court intrigues come to light and spectacular magics are unleashed. Although the Jerusalem of 950 B.C.E. is not quite as enthralling as was the London of the original trilogy this is a superior fantasy that should have fans racing back to those books. Ages 10–up. (Nov.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In this exciting prequel set in ancient Israel, Stroud presents an early adventure of his sharp-tongued djinn, Bartimaeus. King Solomon has risen to greatness due to the unparalleled power of his magical ring, but having had his marriage proposal rejected by the queen of Sheba, he now appears to be threatening her kingdom with destruction. Young Asmira, the fiery captain of the queen's hereditary guard, is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate the great king and steal the ring. Meanwhile, Bartimaeus, as sardonic, egotistical, and mouthy as ever, perfectly capable of 'devouring old magician and departing his tower with a burp and a smile,' is currently controlled by the wicked Khaba, one of Solomon's court wizards, and is bitterly unhappy with his lot. When djinn and would-be assassin team up, complex court intrigues come to light and spectacular magics are unleashed. Although the Jerusalem of 950 B.C.E. is not quite as enthralling as was the London of the original trilogy, this is a superior fantasy that should have fans racing back to those books. Ages 10 up. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Fforde's signature humor and tongue-in-cheek social commentary persist in the second book of The Chronicles of Kazam trilogy."
"It's not essential to have read the first book to enjoy this one, but those who enjoyed the witty wordplay and whacked-out humor of The Last Dragonslayer will find the same delights in this sequel." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Imaginatively energetic and made more so by a gloriously formidable female protagonist."
—The Horn Book Magazine
"The second volume in The Chronicles of Kazam is just as full of inspired silliness as the first . . . Fans will cheer this new installment, while readers who are new to the series can leap right into the fun."
"Jennifer is a fabulous character-smart, resilient, brave, willing to speak her mind and follow her heart, even when it absolutely does not seem like the right thing to do. . . The pace rarely slows. Nor does the silliness."
—School Library Journal
Fans rejoice--everyone's favorite wise-cracking djinni is back!
Thousands of years before his fateful service to the magician Nathaniel in London, wily Bartimaeus served as djinni to hundreds of masters, from Babylon and Ancient Egypt to the modern Middle East. In this brilliant new installment in the best-selling series, history is revealed as readers travel alongside Bartimaeus to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon for his most exciting adventure yet.
Return to the witty, wizardly world of the Chronicles of Kazam with the fabulous follow-up to The Last Dragonslayer.
Magic has been in a sad state in the Ununited Kingdom for years, but now its finally on the rise, and boneheaded King Snodd IV knows it. If he succeeds at his plot, the very future of magic will be at risk! Sensible sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of Kazam Mystical Arts Management and its unpredictable crew of sorcerers, has little chance against the king and his cronies—but theres no way Kazam will let go of the noble powers of magic without a fight. A suspenseful, satirical story of Quarkbeasts, trolls, and wizidrical crackle!
About the Author
Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) 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.