7 days until the return of Bartimaeus!
Ever wondered what life was like for Bartimaeus before he was, at 5,000 years of age, summoned by young apprentice-magician Nathanial only to be immediately caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion?
Well, October 14, 2010 will see the publication of The Ring of Solomon (Doubleday Childrens, 448 pages), a prequel to the best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, a series that has amused and delighted millions of readers since the publication of the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, in 2004.
There are few books that can still instill such a sense of anticipation in a word-weary reviewer but this is one and, as no review copy is expected, I will be walking through Waterstones doors next Thursday to pick up a shiny new hardback edition that I plan to begin reading as soon as I get it home.
We are, here at Fantasy Book Review, big fans of Jonathan Stroud and the Bartimaeus Trilogy (and the impeccable Heroes of the Valley of course) and would recommend that all lovers of fantasy go out a get a copy too – you won’t regret it!
Here is the synopsis, to help whet your appetite:
‘The ring, that was at the heart of it all.’
Demon extraordinaire Bartimaeus is stuck as a spirit slave doing dead-end jobs in King Solomon’s Jerusalem. The shame of it! Solomon’s ring of legend, which affords its master absolute power, has a lot to answer for. But with the arrival of Asmira, an assassin girl with more than just murder on her mind, things start to get… interesting. Throw in a hidden conspiracy, seventeen deadly magicians and some of the most sinister spirits ever to squeeze inside a pentacle and Bartimaeus is going to have to use every ounce of magic in his ever-shifting body to wriggle his way out of this one.