The second adventure in the Bartimaeus trilogy finds our young apprentice magician Nathaniel working his way up the ranks of the government, when crisis hits. A seemingly invulnerable clay golem is making random attacks on London. Nathaniel and the all-powerful, totally irreverent djinni, Bartimaeus, must travel to Prague to discover the source of the golem’s power.
In the ensuing chaos, readers will chase a dancing skeleton across London’s skyline, encounter the horror of the dreaded Night Police, witness a daring kidnapping, and enter the Machiavellian world of the magician’s government. Eventually, Nathaniel and Bartimaeus have to go head to head with the fearsome golem before the surprise identity of his master is finally revealed.
This book was pretty fun but not as good as the first one, for me at least which was mainly because it seemed to have less humour. The plot was awesome but it was transparent way too soon in the book. I felt a lot more of bartimaeus could have been done. It seemed to just rehash a lot of his earlier quirks and personality traits rather than give us a deeper/closer look into him. I did note a few nice surprises along the way though.
I am still looking forward to reading the 3rd book in the trilogy
Trilogy website: http://www.bartimaeustrilogy.com/home.html
Author website: http://www.jonathanstroud.com/ (check out the news and events section for all the awards this series won.)