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Feb 28 2011

Bartimaeus - The Ring of Solomon by Jonathon Stroud

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Doubleday, 2010. ISBN 9780385619165.
Recommended for readers of 10 years or older. Bartimaeus - the djinni with attitude is back in a fourth book of the series, a prequel, only to be enslaved to King Solomon and kept in line by the awesome powers Solomon's ring brings across the realm. That doesn't stop him trying everything to be free of Solomon, and does nothing to curb his endless insolence and wise cracking. When a girl assassin is sent to kill King Solomon and take the ring for her queen, Bartimaeus manages to interfere and things get interesting.
This is a great story well told, with twists and turns. Crackling one liners keep the book at an energetic pace, and there's an unexpected twist in the tale.
Highly entertaining and very un put-downable, the book stands by itself and you don't need to have read the other books in the series to thoroughly enjoy this one.
Dean K.

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