Everyones favorite genie (djinni), Bartimaeus, is back and he is as fun as ever. Simon Jones does a oscar worthy reading of this fun story. Don't miss any in the series. The first three books in the series are best read in order however this one is takes place in a different time so it can be read alone.
This is a fun return of Bartimaeus and his adventures. The book stands alone and in many ways makes more sense as a first read before the the other 3 books. If you enjoy a light heart story with one liners and plenty of magic this is great. I'm betting the kids will enjoy too.
First you will need to read books 1 through 3. that being said these are perfect to share with your kids. History, mystery, and good fun. The narration is excellent and the stories are good enough for both adult and child absolutely one of my favorite series.
I love Bartimaeus! Jonathan Stroud is a genius at how he gives us a history lesson riddled with humor! Yes I am 46, but this is how I bond with my 13 y/o. Laughing outloud, and often!
I read and loved the Bartimaeus Trilogy books. And, yes, I know trilogy means three books, so I knew this would be a new story line. What I didn’t really anticipate was just HOW different this would be; it is called "Book 4," so I did expect a greater similarity to books 1, 2, and 3. Basically, the only thing that is carried over is Bartimaeus. While I do not regret getting this book, I would have been happy for a heads up. The narrator is fantastic, and the story is interesting. Bartimaeus’ character is basically the same, but I felt that this novel was aimed at an older audience than the trilogy.
So three stars because I did like it; perhaps, I'm taking off that fourth star just because it wasn't quite what I expected. It is enjoyable and very well performed.
Loved this book so very much and the trilogy before it. I absolutely adore Bartimaeus! <3 He's my favorite Djinn. At age 26, and someone who takes a great interest and with great pleasure at reading all sorts of fantasy novels, I will always love these books. They rate the top 5.
Only thing of value is seeing bartimeous and thaqual interact. The new characters are a chore to choke down. I love this book series which makes it all the more painful to see this one fail so hard.