The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1)
"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."
The first volume in the epic, bestselling Bartimaeus sequence.
Jonathan Stroud is the author of the bestselling Bartimaeus sequence, as well as standalone novels Heroes of the Valley, Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege. Jonathan worked as a children's book editor before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in St Albans with his wife and two young children.