Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Series #3)

Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus Series #3)

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by Jonathan Stroud, Simon Jones

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Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an important member of the British government, he grapples with numerous problems: foreign wars are going badly, Britain’s enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and rebellion is growing among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted,

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Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an important member of the British government, he grapples with numerous problems: foreign wars are going badly, Britain’s enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and rebellion is growing 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 his patience is nearing its end.

Meanwhile, undercover in London, Nathaniel’s longtime rival Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus’ 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?

In this glorious conclusion to the Bartimaeus Trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty converge once more....

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Editorial Reviews

"I was no longer the carefree Bartimaeus of old," complains the 5,000-year-old djinni (genie), weakened by the incessant demands of his master. As in the previous two installments, Bartimaeus's wry, funny quips join with a heart-pounding plot to enthrall fans and newcomers alike. In a magical London, Nathaniel, a career-obsessed 17-year-old magician and British cabinet member, forms an uneasy alliance with Bartimaeus and a courageous commoner named Kitty to battle demons and magicians that have run amok. All the themes nurtured in previous books-friendship, loyalty, the temptations of power and position-are explored in a shocking, deeply satisfying conclusion. This is an excellent choice for older, more sophisticated readers. (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW wrote, "This final volume in the Bartimaeus Trilogy fills in the djinn's backstory, exposing a vulnerability not seen before, and preparing readers for a potent ending that is at once unexpected and wholly earned." Ages 10-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is part of the series about Bartimaeus, a dijinni with attitude, and his young, struggling magician-master, Nathaniel. As the story begins, three years have passed and we find Bartimaeus in a weakened state from having been in Nathaniel's world too long. Nathaniel has risen politically and is an important member of the British government but is worried about maintaining his position. Meanwhile, Kitty, Nathaniel's long time rival, is still working to bring equality to people and djinns alike. In addition to all their conflicting motivations, there is also a complex conspiracy, rebellious and treacherous demons, and each main character's desire for and fear of trust. And if that were not enough, there is also the revealing of Bartimaeus' intriguing past. This is a fast-paced, involving read! 2006, Hyperion, Ages 12 up.
—Susie Wilde
The concluding volume of The Bartimaeus Trilogy begins with a foiled assassin attempt in 125 BC Alexandria, Egypt, and then jumps to nineteenth-century London. Three years after his last adventure, readers find Nathaniel promoted to Information Minister, writing propaganda to build support among the commoners for the British war with the United States. Bartimaeus has been in service to Nathaniel for too long without time to recharge his essence in the Other Place and is barely able to perform his duties, although his insults or ego have not diminished in the slightest. Unbeknownst to Nathaniel, Kitty is still alive and working for the Resistance, a group of commoners battling the injustice of the magicians in power. Fans of the series will delight in learning more about Bartimaeus's early days in the service of Ptolemy, a history that Kitty confirms in a "fleeting mention in a footnote" in her research-Bartimaeus is chagrined to learn that his exploits have not been better documented. Working together, the three use this knowledge and the magical tools from the earlier stories, the Amulet of Samarkand and Gladstone's staff, to end the reign of slavery for the demons and to usurp the power of the ruling magicians. As in the earlier books, adventure and humor are in no short supply. The weakened djinni Bartimaeus appears in the form of a hamster and an oozing slime of fish stock soup before regaining his dignity and ultimately his freedom. Fans of the first two books will be sorry to have the fun come to an end. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Hyperion, 512p., Ages 11 to 18.
—Cindy Dobrez
Fans of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy will not be disappointed by this third and final book. It is three years after The Golem's Eye, and Nathaniel is now 17 and more ruthless than ever. Bearing the brunt of his master's ambition is Bartimaeus, who has been trapped in the earthly realm far too long. Without the reviving respite of The Other Place, Bartimaeus's essence has become dangerously depleted. Yet Nathaniel obsessively continues to send the djinni in search of those who plot rebellion against the British Empire. Amongst the rebels is the commoner, Kitty Jones. Despite the danger, she has remained in London, determined to learn all that she can about the magicians and the demons they are able to summon. Unfortunately, there is also a plot brewing within the government. The magicians' vanity coupled with their unquenchable lust for power will lead them to a course of action that will endanger everyone. To save London, Nathaniel must put aside his pride and establish a partnership with Bartimaeus that will require trust if it is to succeed. Bartimaeus's essence may be weakened, but his delightfully witty comments still liberally pepper the narrative, making this book a joy to read. Ptolemy's Gate decisively completes the tale that began with The Amulet of Samarkand. Everything that happens is completely logical, based upon the events that came before, and still there are wonderfully unexpected moments. There are no neat endings. Everyone suffers loss whether unwillingly or through deliberate sacrifice. Yet the ending is appropriate, and it is not by any means disappointing. Fantasy fans who have not yet picked up this series should do so at once. They arein for a treat! This book is a must purchase for any collection. (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book Three). KLIATT Codes: SA*--Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Hyperion, Miramax, 501p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Heather Lisowski
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-The loquacious djinni introduced in Amulet of Samarkand (2003) and Golem's Eye (2004, both Hyperion/Miramax) is back, or, more accurately, he hasn't left in three years. While Bartimaeus retains all of his wit and wisdom, his essence suffers severely from lack of rest. Nathaniel, now Information Minister, spends his time writing propaganda to bolster the common folks' belief that England is winning its foreign wars and tracking down traitors within the government. Kitty Jones has gone into hiding, apprenticing herself to a magician and learning enough from her master and through research to summon Bartimaeus herself. When Nathaniel finds Kitty, the two of them and the djinni must use all their strength and cunning to defeat the most dangerous demons they have yet encountered, demons that take over the bodies of the government magicians. Ptolemy's Gate is an exciting and eminently satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, footnotes and all. This time, readers learn more about Bartimaeus's past and his connection to the loinclothed boy whose likeness he wears. Kitty's strength and intelligence shine through, and Nathaniel's inherent compassion emerges from the mask of John Mandrake. This is a must-have for libraries that purchased the first two books. For those that didn't, buy all three at once for readers who want something that is literate, entertaining, and exciting.- Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The trilogy wraps up with excitement, adventure and an unexpected wallop of heart and soul. Three years have passed since Bartimaeus told Nathaniel that Kitty was killed by a golem. Nathaniel lives as John Mandrake now, coldly producing government propaganda. Mandrake continues to summon Bartimaeus as a slave-djinni despite the suffering it causes. Commoners (including Kitty, secretly alive) stumblingly rebel against the magicians (politicians). But when a real uprising bursts forth, it takes a shocking form and requires stunning sacrifices and terrifying levels of trust from all three protagonists. Bartimaeus's trademark footnotes are less snarky this time, including those in the chapters about his relationship with Ptolemy in Egypt from 126 to 124 b.c. The djinni, and the rare humans who care, don't solve one profound problem: Magicians get their power from summoning unwilling djinni into slavery. However, Stroud masterfully weaves together four characters and an unearthly realm of existence in an explosive culmination that reaches back to the first two volumes and infuses them with layers of psychological and moral complexity. The volumes in this trilogy should be read in order. (Fantasy. YA)$150,000 ad/promo; first printing of 250,000

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Listening Library, Inc.
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Bartimaeus Series, #3
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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