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Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
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Ptolemy's Gate (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Jonathan Stroud

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Nathanial should die at the end!!!!!!!!! Yes, I expected him to dismiss Bartimaeus at the last moment, but I thought Bartimaeus would bring him along to the other side or something. How can he just die?!?!?!? What's the point of redeeming yourself if you're not alive to enjoy the rewards? Hell, it's not fair to Kitty for Nathanial to die!

Yes, I do feel strongly about a fictional death. It is totally worth this level of emotional involvement.

Okay, yes, the staff had to be destroyed, or someone would have made themselves the next dictator with it. Yes, with Nathanial dead that means none of the entrenched powerful magicians are there to re-establish the status quo. Screw what's best for the world! Nathanial has hardly ever gotten to enjoy being himself, as he is. He's only just found himself again, then goes and dies - not fair at all! He had to tell Kitty he loved her by lying to her to get her to leave. That he thanked Bartimaeus by snarking him is pretty much par for that course, though :)

Okay, okay, maybe it is the best way to end the trilogy. It breaks my heart none the less. In a way, Nathanial's legacy is more than the destruction of Nowda. He's given the people of Brittian the chance to work together to create a better nation. I suppose (grudingly) that could be a goal worth dying for. Maybe. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Kitty never really grows into a character I GAF about, but the ending was wonderful and really couldn't have completed any other way. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 25, 2017 |
A satisfying conclusion to a very enjoyable fantasy series. Nicely done. Highly recommended for readers who like the stories of [a:Terry Pratchett|1654|Terry Pratchett|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1235562205p2/1654.jpg], [a:Ben Aaronovitch|363130|Ben Aaronovitch|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1308855588p2/363130.jpg], or [a:A Lee Martinez|16032396|A Lee Martinez|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]. ( )
  DLMorrese | Aug 23, 2017 |
La trilogia
Jonathan Stroud descrive come il mondo che conosciamo sarebbe se al potere ci fosse una setta di maghi: in un anno imprecisato del ventesimo secolo, Londra è governata da potenti stregoni, che comandano i cosiddetti comuni grazie alla presenza di folletti, jinn e altre creature magiche, costrette ad obbedire ai loro ordini dal vincolo della convocazione.
L'Impero Britannico estende le sue propaggini in tutto il mondo, ma le sue fondamenta si stanno sgretolando pian piano: negli angoli più lontani la rivolta è nell'aria, e già in America si prepara una guerra.
Nel primo romanzo, il giovane Nathaniel convoca il potente Bartimeus per vendicarsi di un'umiliazione subita, ma suo malgrado si troverà a dover combattere un nemico molto potente.
Nel secondo episodio, il giovane apprendista è un membro del governo dei maghi, senza scrupoli come i suoi colleghi, e il lettore avrà qualche difficoltà a parteggiare per lui.
Nel capitolo conclusivo della trilogia, il mago tornerà sulla retta via, grazie all'intervento di Kitty: la ragazza della Resistenza, che lui credeva morta a causa sua, stringe un legame con Bartimeus e, pur non volendolo, si schiererà dalla parte di Nathaniel.
Lungo i tre romanzi, impariamo a conoscere il passato dei protagonisti e quello che li ha portati a compiere scelte non sempre facili: Nathaniel, umiliato, cerca vendetta, ma finisce per intrappolarsi nel meccanismo che aveva combattuto. Kitty, ferita e impotente di fronte ai soprusi dei maghi, si schiera con un gruppo di ribelli che vuole capovolgere il governo. Bartimeus, jinn millenario, riesce a non farsi consumare dall'odio verso i propri padroni, nonostante il dolore che ogni convocazione nel mondo degli umani gli provoca: anche nel suo passato si nasconde un segreto, un legame profondo che lo ha segnato per la vita.
In questi romanzi non si trovano gli incantesimi noti ai fan di Harry Potter: l'autore lascia che sia la fantasia del lettore ad evocare i demoni e ad immaginare gli ordini magici. Le conseguenze di queste formule ignote sono però evidenti e ben congegnate, tanto che i batticuori e il fiato sospeso non mancano.
I capitoli più gustosi sono quelli raccontati in prima persona da Bartimeus, protagonista insolito e beffardo della trilogia: non riesce ad evitare di pavoneggiarsi per le sue imprese dal passato, di sbeffeggiare chiunque si trovi a tiro con la sua ironia tagliente, e di dilettare il lettore con delle note a piè di pagina che sono il divertimento maggiore.
La descrizione del mondo dei maghi è una critica aspra alla sete di potere degli uomini, disposti anche a vendersi l'anima pur di tenersi stretta la sedia del comando: Stroud crea una caricatura ben riuscita del nostro mondo, esasperata dai paradossi della magia, coinvolta anche nelle vicende della storia passata, svoltesi come le conosciamo noi, ma con un retroscena decisamente diverso. Il suo scopo non è fare la morale, ma divertire il lettore, e ci riesce alla grande: i tre tomi si leggono d'un fiato, e qualche accenno ad episodi accaduti ma non narrati farebbe sperare in una sorta di spin-off, o postilla alla trilogia. Trovo difficile rassegnarmi al fatto che la storia sia conclusa, anche se non potrebbe essere altrimenti: raramente un cerchio si chiude in modo così perfetto e senza sbavature. ( )
  LaPizia | Aug 3, 2017 |
The conclusion to this trilogy.
Turns out certain demons have been planning revenge on the human race. They have figured out a way to take over a human host which gets rid of many of the drawbacks of being summoned. Nathanial finally stops being a complete ass right at the end and kills off all the hybrids with Gladstone's Staff. Finally, he unleashes the complete potential of the Staff to destroy the leader and in the process gives his life up.

I have to admit, at first I didn't like the ending. Then I realized these books were about Bartimaeus, not Nathanial. Which is why I never really got excited about them. Bartimaeus should have been the sidekick... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly; Britain`s enemies are mounting attacks close to London; and rebellion is fomenting among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The longsuffering djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world and is nearing the end of his patience. Meanwhile, Nathaniel`s longtime rival Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus`s past. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say? In this glorious conclusion to the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty converge once more. Together the threesome faces treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves. And most difficult of all-they will have to learn to trust one another.

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Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England's minister of information.

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