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Bartimaeus. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud. Pub.  Random House, 2010.

Fans of the Bartimaeus Trilogy that included The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate will be delighted to have another Bartimaeus book although it is in a different setting to London and Prague. That Trilogy was brilliant and this new book seems to be the first of a number of Bartimaeus books.

For the uninitiated, Bartimaeus is a fourth level Djinni with a bizaare sense of humour, street cred. and a vast arsenal of spells that can be used by any master who summons him and binds him as a slave. In this instance his master is a cruel and ruthless Magician, Khaba, who is in the service of King Solomom of Israel. Khaba has aspirations of his own and Bartimaeus is in the way, and not for the first time finds himself in a bottle for seemingly a long time. Things change.

Solomon  is resident in Jerusalem in the year 950BC and he holds power through the Ring of Solomom which he wears on the little finger of his right hand. This ring has stunning powers, a mere turn of it can destroy cities, and Solomon rules in the certainty that he has it.

When Solomon demands that South Arabian kingdom Sheba pay homage to him, or does he? the Queen of Sheba sends a clever and powerful assassin, Asmira, to kill Solomon and take the Ring. Asmira is  a beautiful young woman who rescues the bottled Bartimaeus and binds him  as her slave to assist in her plan. Will she succeed? You will have to read it to find out and you will not be disappointed.

The fantasy, the action and the historical detail will give much to ponder  and you will keep turning the pages long after you feel you should put it down for the night. Brilliant fantasy writing. The last 110 pages are astonishing, the ending unbelievable.

If you read the Trilogy then this is a must read. If you have never read a magical fantasy then this is as good as it gets.

Intermediate through to Senior Secondary. Try it you will love it.

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