Well, to have read all 4 books should tell you that Stroud held my attention and wove a great great story into 4 books. Each novel gave me greater appreciation for the characters. I would love to see another book……hint hint….
The wit of Bartimaeus of Uruck is pure magic. Bartimaeus is one of those rare characters that you never tire of. Everything you loved from the original trilogy is here and Bartimaeus is even more fun than before. Hilarious and a must read for any fan.
... And the narrator is really excellent with Bartimaeus!! In Deuteronomy chapter 32, verse 17, God parallels the demons with the "gods" who are you are not to worship and sacrifice to. The Hebrew word is SHADE.
Solomon loved many strange women and those strange women turned his heart over to strange gods, in other words the demons. the author handles Solomon in a way that is quite deft.
so the historical foundation is actually somewhat set for this book, though it is an entirely humorous twist. It makes light of demons with brilliant British humor.
The main character, Bartimaeus, is basically a good demon who has lots of creativity and saves the day. Though I don't believe there was actually such a thing as a good demon, this fiction does a great job of exploring that possibility. Made me chuckle lots! Great dialogue!
The heroine, Asmira, is fiercely loyal to her Queen and country and has those loyalties challenged as all of us may from time to time. Her character is also terrific.
Rounding it out, the bad guy, Kaba the evil magician truly fills out his part. He is really bad.
this is one of the few audio books that was exciting enough to listen to twice through without stopping and thoroughly enjoyable for me!
Really a nice and entertaining piece of fantasy. I do like Bartimaeus and the human-demon interaction (read the other three novels as well) - the plot is foreseeable if you know Stroud's style, though.
I have not read the print version.
The image of a hippo in a skirt still brings a smile to my family.