Title: The Amulet of Samarkand
Author: Jonathan Stroud
When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have
to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has
something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet
of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. Before long, both djinni and
apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled
by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral readers of all ages.