The duo is reunited just in time: the Resistance is growing more audacious than ever. And to make matters worse, a seemingly invulnerable clay golem is wreaking destruction throughout London, sending the entire city into pandemonium. With time running out, the young magician and his uncontrollable djinni must find the source of the golem's power, a task they quickly learn will involve much more than they ever anticipated.
In the ensuing chaos, Nathaniel and Bartimaeus will be chased through the streets of Prague, hunt a dancing skeleton across London's skyline, encounter the horror of the dreaded Night Police, and meet a surprising new ally. Together, these three will have to go head-to-head with the fearsome golem before the mysterious identity of its master is finally revealed.
©2004 Jonathan Stroud; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
I have noticed that the second book of every trilogy seems to be the weak link and this one is no exception. The characters are still engaging but the author is holding his cards a bit too close in anticipation of the final book. Still, you have to keep the flow going so it can't be missed and it's worth the ride.
The story was scattered and jumped around a good bit. This book is not nearly as good as the first in the series. The author missed an opportunity to give the reader more insight into the thinking of John Mandrake's character.
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