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The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2) (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Jonathan Stroud

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Title:The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2)
Authors:Jonathan Stroud
Info:Disney-Hyperion (2005), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 576 pages
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The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud (2004)

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Nathaniel, now using the alias John Mandrake, with his exploits in the previous book and diligence in his studies and work has earned himself the government post of assistant to the head of internal affairs. What he hasn't earned himself though are any friends. His colleagues at work eye him with a certain amount of distrust and often unfriendly rivalry and more than a little envy. Those below him in the pecking order are waiting for him to fail so they can advance their own careers and those above are watching anxiously over their shoulders hoping Mandrake doesn't take their job next. To the relief of those around him though John Mandrake's career might be in for a halt to his prominent rise as he's been tasked with rooting out the resistance and putting an end to their actions and everything he's tried so far has been without success. That doesn't bode well when the resistance seem to be increasing their activities and causing some considerable damage at some famous city landmarks. So Mandrake has little choice and despite saying he would never call him again he reluctantly summons the djinn Bartimaeus. Can the duo discover what's behind this new chaos and destruction in London and if it's connected to the resistance before Mandrake is no longer flavour of the month? We also get to learn more of Kitty, the young girl who stole Nathaniel's scrying glass and left him for dead, as she becomes a viewpoint character showcasing her activities with the resistance.

Nathaniel/Mandrake has become a more obnoxious young man since last we met him but that fits the development of the character well. It's been a year and a half since the conclusion of events from the first book and he's thoroughly enmeshed in the rivalry of his fellow magicians where any weakness is pounced upon with alacrity. It's hard to remember he's still only a 14 year-old boy who's had very little love in his life. So it's a good job the other two POV characters are more likable and help carry the reader through the story. We get Kitty's back story and how she came to be a member of the resistance and also more snippet's from Bartimaeus' past. Overall it's a decent sequel that is once again a fully formed story that leaves enough room for a follow-on book which I'll pick up at some point. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Aug 1, 2018 |
I love so many different things about this book! Simon Jones narrations beautifully. Humor weaves through, sometimes subtle and dry, sometimes slapstick, and always supporting the story and the characters. The characters are all very real with depth and complexity.

I hope to get my nephew to listen to this trilogy. Without any hint of pedantry, the story teaches about loyalty, bravery, and honor. While the world is far from perfect, the characters manage to make a difference by their choices. Sometimes it's a very small difference, and sometimes it's a more far-reaching effect than the characters realize.

I'm a bit afraid to start another young adult series. This one and Ranger's Apprentice have quite spoiled me :) ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I feel like any Kitty-chapter should have been automatically skippable, btu I was *so* hopeful she would eventually be relevant, or interesting. Sadly, that never happened. Bartimaeus chapters were the only ones that were really engaging. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 25, 2017 |
Nathaniel is two years older than he was in book #1. He now has a position of some influence among the magicians, and (sadly) he seems to have been indoctrinated into their competitive, cutthroat, and ethically bankrupt society. The magicians form a minority, but it monopolizes wealth and power. It exploits and oppresses the masses of non-magical commoners at home and wages cruel war on people beyond. But there is a resistance movement....

Despite this reasonably accurate summary, this isn't really a dark fantasy. There's a certain Pratchett-like quality to it. It addresses some serious themes in lighthearted, entertaining ways. But most importantly, it's an enjoyable read. ( )
  DLMorrese | Aug 23, 2017 |
yet another subversive government magician working to overthrow the current regime. Bartimaeus and the kid get thrown together. This time the Resistance plays a big part. And are dupes for some big player. The kid is a wretched brat and really arrogant to boot.

I enjoyed this more than the first though, LOTS less footnotes. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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A golem is loose
in London, and Nathaniel
fights to save his skin.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786836547, Paperback)

Due to the success of his first campaign involving the Amulet of Samarkand, Nathaniel, now fourteen, has been appointed the youngest representative ever to the Office of Internal Affairs, and has been devising traps to capture members of the Resistance--a secretive group of commoners who are determined to undermine the ruling class of magicians. When a magic-sapping Golem’s surprise first attack is labeled an act of Resistance terrorism, Nathaniel reluctantly summons Bartimaeus for help. Meanwhile, a zealous young member of the Resistance, Kitty Jones, is planning to rob the sacred tomb of the great magician Gladstone, and turn the power of his buried magical instruments against the spell makers. The towering clay Golem and its shadowy master unites the destinies of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty together in one fateful night--unfortunately, that night is much too slow in coming. Stroud’s second book is far too long and gloomy, focusing more on the priggish Nathaniel and wronged Kitty than the dijinni readers have come to adore. Fans of Jonathan Stroud’s breakout hit, The Amulet of Samarkand, may be a little disappointed to discover that Bartimaeus features so little his second book. While Stroud cleverly uses the class war between the ruling magicians and the disgruntled commoners as a metaphor for current political and social clashes, the text suffers overall from a lack of the dijinni’s famous facetious footnotes. Avid fans are left skimming the slow parts and hoping that when Bartimaeus escapes his servile bonds he will be given more space to make them laugh. --Jennifer Hubert

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In their continuing adventures, magician's apprentice Nathaniel, now fourteen years old, and the djinni Bartimaeus travel to Prague to locate the source of a golem's power before it destroys London.

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