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The Ring of Solomon (2010)

by Jonathan Stroud

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Series: Bartimaeus (prequel)

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Bartimaeus is in the service of a court magician, Ezekial, that serves King Solomon of Israel; Bartimaeus kills Ezekial King Solomon has a powerful ring that is said to conjure up the most powerful magical beast, a madrid. Bartimaeus finds himself then serving a new master, Asmira a young female guard warrior of the Queen of Sheba.
Asmira has been sent by the Queen of Sheba to take the ring from Solomon so tht he does not have power over her kingdom. This is the crux of the story, it is not only Asmira who is trying to assassinate Solomon and steal the ring, but also his magicians (un be known to him). Overall an enjoyable read that at times has you chuckling to yourself as read about the mischievous, opinionated character of Bartimaeus. ( )
  rata | Mar 21, 2017 |
Any book with Bartimaeus in it is a good time. I absolutely love his character. He is a funny smart aleck and I love it! ( )
  LenaR0307 | Jan 3, 2017 |
A book that isn't really worth a review. Nothing stood out, nothing was really good, or really bad.
I felt like I had eaten a bowl of plain oatmeal after reading this. Only a hardcore fan would like it I suspect. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This book is a nice insight into the life of Bartimaeus before the events of the Bartimaeus trilogy. While the trilogy is much more interesting and better, this book was still very good. The plot takes a while to come together, but when it does it is epic. Bartimaeus demonstrates even more skills and shoes some of his most daring feats yet. He seems a bit more willing to trust humans than in the trilogy because he has yet to go through every single event that made him who he is in the trilogy. He is slightly more naïve and selfish. The end of the story however gives him an event that causes him to view the world and humans with more thought than he originally had. Not all humans are evil. Ptolemy may have been the first human to befriend the demon, but he certainly wasn't the last. He also realizes that humans too can be victims of slavery just as he and his fellow demons are. It connects him to the human race and brings about his more empathetic tendencies in the trilogy. He still is much more self interested than most people, but this book starts him on his path to becoming the caring and moralistic character that he is by Ptolemy's Gate. ( )
  DrPedro | Mar 28, 2016 |
Nearly 3000 years before the events portrayed in The Amulet of Samarkand, Bartimaeus finds himself at the court of King Solomon of Israel, in the service to first one, then another of the court magicians. When, after a few unexpected events, Bartimaeus is bonded to a third master - Asmira, an assassin sent by the Queen of Sheba - he has to help her get close to Solomon and retrieve his famed magical ring, and thereby save Sheba from the retribution of the powerful Spirit that resides within. Needless to say, things don't all go to plan, but Bartimaeus's quick thinking and boundless sarcasm mean that the mischievous djinni survives yet another adventure and the chip on his shoulder is even bigger than before.

Somehow I was convinced that in this prequel to the Bartimaeus sequence we would finally get to meet Ptolemy, Bartimaeus's one-time master, about whom we've heard so much in the preceding three volumes; instead the author introduces the reader to Asmira, a body guard to the Queen of Sheba, formidable assassin and trained magician. To establish her background and story arc takes up much of the first half of the book, alternating with chapters written from Bartimaeus's point of view, and it is only when the two storylines converge properly that the plot progresses apace - from then on, it's almost non-stop action, but the first half dragged, especially when Bartimaeus didn't feature in the chapters focusing on Asmira. Don't get me wrong, Bartimaeus is on top form, and I was chuckling to myself repeatedly, but even an author as good as Jonathan Stroud can't sustain the interest on the wit of his mischievous djinni alone, hence the lower rating. ( )
  passion4reading | Mar 6, 2016 |
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