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 long-suffering 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? (goodreads.com).
After completing the previous book, I didn’t really need to start this one, but since I love the series so much I delved right into it. In this book the magicians are having trouble dealing with the war against the Americans and Nathaniel is still trying to figure out who is behind all the mayhem in London including the Golem and other resistance attacks. Eventually, he gets a lead and spends the book following this lead down. Not only does Nathaniel have to deal with tracking down some unknown person he also has to deal with the person’s ultimate plan, which let me tell you, goes completely out of control. This is what the last half of the book focuses on once the identity of the person is revealed. Also, Kitty has been learning quite a bit these last three years completing her research on everything magical.
The pace of the book was perfect and the only instance when I wasn’t really interested in the story was during Nathaniel’s first few chapters. This was because he and other magicians were discussing what to do about the war, and everything discussed wasn’t that interesting. At least this only last for a few of Nathaniel’s chapters. Another annoying part was Nathaniel’s minor infatuations with one of the other magicians. It kind of distracted from the story, and was unnecessary because it didn’t even lead to anything.
The other chapters are really interesting because we get to see what Kitty has been up to these last few years and all that she has learned, which is a lot! Also, Bartimeaus’ chapters contain a lot of information about his previous master Potlemy, which I have been waiting for ever to find out about! Very entertaining! We also get more personal with Bartimeaus because of this and also his feelings after having spent too much time in our world. His powers are not so great any more.
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot of this book because once it got going it was very interesting and hard to put down. It also wasn’t predictable. I had no idea how anything was going to turn out and I am completely satisfied, yet saddened, by the ending of the novel.
My wishes actually came true regarding Nathaniel. It does take quite a bit of time, but near the end of the book his personality begins to change as he realizes that he hasn’t become that great a person. He starts to become the Nathaniel that we started to like in the first book. He begins showing compassion towards Kitty and even Bartimeaus! I also enjoyed how the relationship between Kitty and Nathaniel develops throughout the story.
Kitty has grown a lot since the last book. She is learning everything she can about the magical world because she really wants demons and humans to work together and not be slaves. Actually, her knowledge completely surprises Nathaniel when he learns about it. The things she manages to accomplish are quite impressive, but I don’t want to give anything away.
I think the Bartimeaus’ chapters were my favorites, one because he is such an interesting and fun character and two because we learn so much about his past and his relationship with Ptolemy. He really isn’t like the other djinn and does want exactly what Kitty and Ptolemy want. A world where demons are no longer slaves to magicians. However, he does have some trust issues with humans, so once that is solved you can really see a different side to Bartimeaus. There is a part in the book where Bartimeaus actually has to share Nathaniel’s body and I think this is one of the best parts of the book! Their bond really develops during this time and they learn a lot about each other. It is also pretty hilarious!
Character development in this series was spectacular. They really do change as the story progresses and I loved that we learned so much about them. I really wish the series would have been longer because I am going to miss my favorite djinn.
There weren’t any problems with the writing. Just as good as all the other books and easy to follow.
This is a fantastic ending to an amazing series and I highly recommend reading it. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Great characters and good plot make an awesome book, and I know that you will love Bartimeaus! Highly entertaining read for young adults or much older children who are avid readers.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
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