The Amulet of Samarkand: Bartimaeus Graphic Novel

The Amulet of Samarkand: Bartimaeus Graphic Novel

by Jonathan Stroud


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ISBN-13: 9780552563703
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Series: Bartimaeus Series
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.

Andrew Donkin ( is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults. His work in comics includes Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight as well as the graphic novel adaptations of Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident with Eoin Colfer. He lives in London, England.

Lee Sullivan ( is a comic artist and book illustrator, best known in the comics field for his work on Transformers, Doctor Who and Judge Dredd. He lives in Bedfordshire, England with his wife and various non-human life forms.

Nicolas Chapuis is a freelance comic book colorist. His work includes Richard Starkings's Elephantmen and Robert Jordan s The Wheel of Time. He resides in Freiburg, Germany.

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The Amulet of Samarkand: Bartimaeus Graphic Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Dranea on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A djinn unlike any other will make you laugh and wonder how you could actually like a creature so devious. But I guess in a world that he is summoned to, it isn't so hard to love him.Bartimaeus is a very old, quite powerful, and especially hilarious djinn. He is summoned by a new wizard, a boy, who should not have the ability to summon anything remotely as powerful as Bartimaeus, but he does. Not only does he summon him, he outwits him and tricks him into doing his bidding. There is a bad wizard out there. Lovelace is power hungry, greedy, and just a nasty piece of work. He embarrasses this young, powerful wizard and this child is not playing games. He is now out for revenge against Lovelace. His journey of vengeance causes him to lose everything he ever loved...I loved this book when I read the novel about a year ago. I was sucked into the brilliance of the story, the original way it was told, and the overall feel of the book. When I saw there was a graphic novel available, I jumped at the chance to get to see what I had imagined all this time. The artwork in this book is very striking, and I think this graphic novel did a great job leaving the main essence of the story in place. Like any movie adaptation, a graphic adaptation of a novel will have to change a few details and leave things out, but this story was just as engaging as the original. I highly recommend it to anyone. It really was a treat to get to see the different planes the way Bartimaeus gets to see them, the imps, the demons, and of course the climax of the story was quite captivating. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the books in the series in graphic novel form. It was a great break in my work day to sit back and relax with this.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This graphic novel adapts the young adult fantasy story with the same title. The story takes place in an alternate history in which magic is real and the British empire has extended its authority over much of Europe, without losing control of the American colonies. A smart but callow young magician summons Bartimaeus, a 5,000 year old djinn, and orders him to steal a magical amulet from a powerful wizard, setting in motion a chain of violence and murder. The art is great. The moral landscape of the story world is more than a little depressing -- it's essentially amoral. Characters feel guilty when they cause the death of people they love; but there's little broader sense of ethical identity or obligation. Most of the main characters, human or djinn, act in pursuit of power and ego, or simply to gratify their hungers. Other books and graphic novels I've seen that strike this tone often abuse their female characters pretty badly; this tale, at least, appeared to me to avoid misogyny.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Been a long time since I last read the series. And that first book, yeah it was hard to like Nat the main character at first. Thank goodness for Kitty and the Djinn. Anyway, first book, graphic form. Art was bad, kind of liked it. Story too. Nat was a little unlikable but you get why he's like that. Still like the banter between him and Bart so that was good. And yeah, definitely how I'd pictured Nat when I read the first book. Didn't even know there was a GF for this and got a little excited. Love the cover.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
The Amulet of Samarkand (2003) is the first book in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. This trilogy has the unique honor of having been banned in its entirety for the books' presentations of the occult. They also feature magnificent cover art by Melvyn Grant (who also has a ridiculously clever website). For many readers, that would be enticement enough. I didn't know about the book banning, but the cover art and blurb pushed it onto my ever-increasing "to read" list. A recommendation from a trusted YA librarian pushed it over the top. Nathaniel, one of the novel's main characters, lives in London. Like most large cities, many of London's movers and shakers are to be found in government positions of influence. What most people don't know is that these powerful men and women get up to more than politicking when behind closed doors. They all have power, certainly, but very little (none depending on who you ask) belongs to them. Not permanently at least. Working in obscurity, under strict rules of engagement (with stricter punishments should something go awry), demons are the real power behind London's elite. Nathaniel is six when he is torn away from his birth parents and sent to live with his new master, another magician. As in many fantasy novels, the power of naming plays an important role here. Demons are summoned with the knowledge of their real names. If you know the demon's real name, you can control them. Similarly, if a demon learns the true name of a magician (in this case their given name) the demon has the same level of control. No magician knows their true name in order to avoid just that kind of problem. By the age of eleven, Nathaniel has adjusted to his life as an apprentice and eagerly anticipates two events: the day when he will pick his name as a magician, and the day he will become a great magician, like his idol William Gladstone, remembered by all. Nathaniel does choose his name in due time, but his dream of greatness, is put into serious question when Simon Lovelace, a prestigious magician, publicly humiliates Nathaniel. Enraged, Nathaniel bides his time learning spells and waiting until the day he will be ready to exact revenge. Enter Bartimaeus, the novel's other main character, and a djinni with a fondness for footnotes in his first-person narration. Initially summoned as an instrument of revenge, Nathaniel soon learns that Bartimaeus is not easily contained. When Nathaniel's brilliant revenge becomes murder, espionage and conspiracy djinni and boy strike an uneasy detente to see if both of them can survive the machinations Bartimaeus has set in motion under Nathaniel's orders. The Amulet of Samarkand alternates viewpoints, sometimes being told in witty first-person by Bartimaeus (filled with references to his 5000 year career as a brilliant djinni), other times following Nathaniel in a third-person voice. Combined, the narrations make for an original fantasy that is witty and sharp. More interesting, especially as the trilogy continues, is the dynamic between Nathaniel and Bartimaeus. While the djinni is more entertaining of the two, Nathaniel is often more compelling. Watching him mature from an innocent boy to a calculating magician in his own right, Stroud creates tension as readers are forced to wonder will Nathaniel be a villain or a hero by the end of the story?
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