The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Series #4)

The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Series #4)

by Jonathan Stroud
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The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Series #4) by Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus, everyone's favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series, now available in paperback. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now fans can go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950 BCE. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He'll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into just a "spot" of trouble with King Solomon's magic ring....

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ISBN-13: 9781423149569
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Series: Bartimaeus Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,557
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jonathan Stroud ( is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.

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The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel: A Bartimaeus Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Cappy56 More than 1 year ago
I found the Bartimaeus books series by accident while looking for something else and was hooked as soon as I read the sample. The main character is funny, sarcastic and practical all at the same time. If you can't take a joke or don't have a sense of humor don't read this book. I also strongly recommend the three other books in the series, I loved them all and hope there will be a "next one" soon. I will also be looking for other things written by Jonathan Stroud, I like his witty style of writing.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
The book started out slow and I was worried that I would not like it.The new characters felt flat and one dimensional. But as the book progressed I quickly grew to love it! Bartimaeus is hands down one of the sweetest characters. His wit is hilarious and makes you laugh out loud as you read. There is a deep message in the book about slavery, power and the pain of losing free will. In the end the human character Asmira has to confront the end of all her beliefs and change or die. I hope the author keeps writing more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have to read. Total greatness with lots of detail. Bartimeus at his best
Graff_Master More than 1 year ago
This book by Stroud is one of his best yet. Set in 950 B.C. Bartimaeus it up to one of his most daunting tasks yet, surviving the life of magicians of Israel. When he makes an uh oh and must be punished for it. He is put under the dominion of Khaba the Cruel, one of Solomon's most powerful magicians. But, all is not as it seems. Solomon's magicians are using his fear for their own good. But, one queen is tired of it. She sends an assassin in an attempt to end Solomon's rule. This book is great from beginning to end and was very refreshing to be back with Bartimaeus again. I cannot wait for him to make another one.
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This series is very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful continuation of the Bartimaeus trilogy. Lots of action, surprises, and as usual, Bartimaeus' tricks, clever disguises, and how he always manages to get out of impossible situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found these by acsedent and was imiditly hookrd!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The creator of the Bartimaeus trilogy has done it again, delivering a hilarious and well-written addition to the series that started it all. If you read and enjoyed the last three books, you will like this one. If you have yet to read the Bartimaeus books, this is a perfect jumping-on point. Any fantasy fan will enjoy this.
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The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
This is the prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy (which I loved). It could function as a stand-alone book, though I highly recommend the original trilogy too. Bartimaeus is a begrudgingly good-hearted, wise-cracking djinni who is always saving the world from careless humans and their naughty demons. In The Ring of Solomon, Bartimaeus is summoned to serve for an evil wizard under the rule of the powerful King Solomon of Israel. While serving, he encounters a young assassin who is hell-bent on killing Solomon and stealing his powerful ring (in service of her country Sheba). Delightful confusion ensues. These books are funny, witty, cute, and adventurous. I love Bartimaeus’ silly footnotes where he inserts amusing “historical” points.
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RationalReader More than 1 year ago
Encore, encore! Stroud continues his tale of the witty, quick-talking djinni, Bartimaeus in a spell-binding novel. The Ring of Solomon is yet another my-hands-seem-to-have-frozen-to-this-book masterpiece that makes its predecessors proud. In a brilliant mixture of ancient history and fiction, Bartimaeus must once again, save the usually-less-intelligent-than-he from a powerful adversary who will stop at nothing to acquire King Solomon of Israel's magic ring. Stroud's work is once again, brilliantly inspired, well-written, and almost without a fault. It takes superb writing talent to portray several different perspectives from various minds as well as Stroud does. Yet another novel that looks down from up high as all those who attempt to match it, and can only bite the dust.
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Xyzia More than 1 year ago
The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud 398 pages This is a book one should read if they like reading about djinn, warlocks, action, and friendship. It even has a bit of history throughout it. Also, even though this is the prologue, it is the fourth Bartimaeus book to come out, and so if one has read and enjoyed the other three, this one will also be highly enjoyed. There are some advanced words or ideas, but the read is pretty simple. However, although it is pretty easy to read, it is a fun, enticing read, and is highly recommended. Some things the author did throughout the book that I enjoyed were switching the first person point of view around, as he did with the other books in the series. You get to know great details about the main character when it is first person, so having the point of view change throughout gave even more detail. Stroud also included footnotes for even more detail, and for background information that the reader most of the time won't know. I feel that the book is very well written, and that nothing detracted from the books contents. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. This book is another example of why the Bartimaeus series is my favorite series. It has a great plot, great characters, great detail, great points of view, and is, to put it simply, an outstanding book. I think this book is appropriate for anyone about 12 or older. I think the reader would appreciate the book more at a higher age, say 16 or older, but it would still be enjoyed by the younger readers. Some information I feel may be of value about this book is that it's a prologue. However, if you have read the other books already, or even just one or two, you can still read this book. It doesn't give the origin of Bartimaeus, but a past plot of his life, and is readable no matter how far in the trilogy you are.
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Drakoni5 More than 1 year ago
Although the connection between this book and the earlier series starring Nathaniel is virtually nill, this book is perfectly capable of standing on its own as a novel, and newcomers to Stroud's work will follow the tale and characters with ease. This book also stars a young magician who overcomes his/her preconceptions of "demons". The long-term message of Stroud's books remain the same in this message, and I would not be surprised if it is incorporated in any following books of Stroud's in this fantasy land. Honestly, I do not know if another book about this is forthcoming, but nobody expected The Ring of Solomon, either, so perhaps it is possible. No doubt Bartimaeous will play a key roll in it as well, though it would be interesting to see a book set in this world with out Bartimaeous in it- although perhaps that would ruin the entire effect. Bartimaeous is most probably the glue that holds these books together, and I would be loathe to read one with out him- though the mentions of human consumption did make me queasy. All in all, and excellent tale.
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RavynKatt More than 1 year ago
I read the other books of the Bartimaeus Trilogy about a year ago, and was surprised and pleased to find this new installment. For fans of the trilogy it does not disappoint, but this book is also a wonderful stand alone for people who are new to the series. This book is set before the Bartimaeus trilogy, and Bartimaeus himself is the only recurring character. His character is true to form and wildly entertaining throughout the entire adventure. Set in the ancient Middle East, this book features a typical fast-paced adventure with an undertone of subterfuge. People aren't what they seem and the main characters of Solomon and Asmira develop as the story goes on. You'll laugh (really), cry (not really), and even buy the t-shirt (not available). I recommend this book for Bartimaeus fans and to anyone else that appreciates a teen book not centered around romance or the run-of-mill mythical creatures.