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The Amulet of Samarkand

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jonathan Stroud

Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" … see full wiki

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
3 reviews about The Amulet of Samarkand
Quick Tip by . January 23, 2011
Much more than a mere Harry Potter wannabe knock-off, The Amulet of Samarkand treats us not only to a blazing quick page turner but also throws in a generous helping of more adult issues.
review by . January 23, 2011
At the tender age of six years, Nathaniel is taken from his parents and apprenticed as a learning magician to Arthur Underwood, a minor functionary in a dark and fantastical English government. This bleak London's parliamentarians and upper crust are members of a greedy, self-serving ruling class of magicians and everyone else is disparagingly referred to as a "commoner". When Nathaniel encounters Simon Lovelace, a brutal, ruthless magician whose ambition knows no limits, Lovelace …
review by . November 22, 2005
The boy Nathaniel is a wizard's apprentice in a London ruled by magicians (shades of Harry Potter and Christopher Moore's "Practical Demonkeeping," not to mention Randall Garrett's stuffy old Lord Darcy). London itself is decadent, its libraries abandoned and decaying. A class war between the Muggles--excuse me, Commoners--- and their magician lords has reached the stage where bombs are thrown into Westminster Abbey, the magicians' seat-of-power.     While this book isn't packed …
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