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The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Sequence) (original 2004; edition 2010)

by Jonathan Stroud

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Title:The Golem's Eye (The Bartimaeus Sequence)
Authors:Jonathan Stroud
Info:Corgi Childrens (2010), Paperback, 592 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:fantasy fiction, kids, young adult, magic, magicians, demons

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The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud (2004)


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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 |
Simon Jones did an excellent job narrating this audiobook.  He truly captured Bartimaeus's sarcasm, which is what makes this book so fun.  The story was fun with a predictable ending.  Stroud, tried to add a plot twist in the end, but he really did have to end the story the way he did.  It wouldn't have made sense any other way. I liked that Kitty played a stronger role in this episode.  She was a strong and fun character who forced Nathanial to do a lot of thinking.  I'm very interested to see what trouble these three get into next time. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
This really is turning out to be a fantastic series. Bartimaeus is a riot! I just love Kitty and I see Nathaniel growing to become a great character. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
Now under the apprenticeship of Jessica Whitwell and going by the magician name John Mandrake, Nathaniel again calls on the djinni Bartimaeus to help him track down the Resistance, that band of commoners (ie., non-magic folk) that are causing the magicians trouble in London.

As in The Amulet of Samarkand, we have the first-person, snarky and footnote-strewn narration of Bartimaeus and the third-person perspective of Nathaniel; added to this now is Kitty, the mysterious commoner first encountered in an alley trying to steal the amulet from Bartimaeus. We get more of her background and how exactly she became involved in the Resistance. Nathaniel (who has become more of a magician and less of the sympathetic young boy from the first book) and Bartimaeus become involved in magician politics while Mandrake tries to rise in power and prestige and Bartimaeus just tries to stay alive. Simon Jones narrates fabulously, and the books are fun to reread as you can see how seamlessly Stroud has created the alternate history and plot of this trilogy. ( )
  bell7 | May 24, 2016 |
De retour en france reprise de la lecture;;; ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
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At dusk, the enemy lit their campfires one by one, in greater profusion than on any night before. (Prologue)
London: a great and prosperous capital, two thousand years old, which in the hands of the magicians aspired to be the center of the world.
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A golem is loose
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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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