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Nathaniel 17 treats Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is weak from too much time in this world, near the end of his patience. Rebel Kitty 18 hides, stealthily finishing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she Nathaniel 17 treats Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is weak from too much time in this world, near the end of his patience. Rebel Kitty 18 hides, stealthily finishing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say? Together the trio face treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves.


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Nathaniel 17 treats Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is weak from too much time in this world, near the end of his patience. Rebel Kitty 18 hides, stealthily finishing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she Nathaniel 17 treats Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is weak from too much time in this world, near the end of his patience. Rebel Kitty 18 hides, stealthily finishing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeus. She has a daring plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say? Together the trio face treacherous magicians, a complex conspiracy, and a rebellious faction of demons. To survive, they must test the limits of this world and question the deepest parts of themselves.

30 review for Ptolemy's Gate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 76% | Good Notes: It's the best of the series, but like the rest, an otherwise fine story is spoiled by a chaotic, poorly-written closing battle. (B+) 76% | Good Notes: It's the best of the series, but like the rest, an otherwise fine story is spoiled by a chaotic, poorly-written closing battle.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I suppose I asked for it. Stroud did not disappoint. I wanted to see some profound acts of selflessness and boy did I ever. I'll hand it to Stroud, he stayed true to his style the whole way through. No coddling, kiddies. And I say that most pointedly, as I find it difficult to imagine how this series ever made it to the Young Adult shelf--it's merciless, is what I'm saying. Not even a goodbye kiss, and I think that stung most of all. No happy endings, at least, not in the typical way, either. I m I suppose I asked for it. Stroud did not disappoint. I wanted to see some profound acts of selflessness and boy did I ever. I'll hand it to Stroud, he stayed true to his style the whole way through. No coddling, kiddies. And I say that most pointedly, as I find it difficult to imagine how this series ever made it to the Young Adult shelf--it's merciless, is what I'm saying. Not even a goodbye kiss, and I think that stung most of all. No happy endings, at least, not in the typical way, either. I mean, even Tolkien let us have all our little hobbits in the end. Sure, Rowling killed off a few of our favs, but the trio lived to have their cheesy flash-forward on the platform. But, Stroud, the proud realist, gives us neither the salvation of our lead, nor the rosy glimpse of the future. So, two of the main characters lived. I guess that's pretty fair odds, two out of three. Still, dead is dead. And as is the way of the living, any brush with death, even fictional, has a tendency to leave a somber shadow. And of course Nathaniel was my favorite all along, because he had the biggest challenge, the biggest change to make, and he did it, just like I hoped he would. Though it's decidedly soured my taste for acts of heroism in all forms. And I feel remarkably less of a romantic than I was when I began this story. Sort of like how I imagine the pain of silver might feel to a djinn's essence. Ah well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Fantastic final book to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. I actually give this a 4.5 stars. In this book, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel (John Mandrake) and Kitty are back. Its three years after the events with the golem from the second book. Nathaniel is now a member of the council and one of the closest magicians to the minister and holds substantial power. Kitty had been working as an assistant to a magician in order to gain knowledge on Bartimaeus and his past. Bartimaeus....well he is much as he has been in t Fantastic final book to the Bartimaeus Trilogy. I actually give this a 4.5 stars. In this book, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel (John Mandrake) and Kitty are back. Its three years after the events with the golem from the second book. Nathaniel is now a member of the council and one of the closest magicians to the minister and holds substantial power. Kitty had been working as an assistant to a magician in order to gain knowledge on Bartimaeus and his past. Bartimaeus....well he is much as he has been in the previous books. We get a good look at the relationship between Bartimaeus and Ptolemy in this novel. As Kitty works to unravel his mysteries, Nathaniel is busy with the war effort but is met with opposition from many ends. When Nathaniel's career is put on the line, it draws our three characters together to unravel the dark mystery of Mr Hopkins and the relations between magician and 'demon.' Nathaniel of forced to learn that many, including his former teacher, are disappointed in the person he has become and just how hated the magician rule really is. As he questions his loyalties, Kitty is put to the test of drawing 'demon' and human closer together. This book had a much more mature viewpoint and style. While the others were lighter in general, this one is darker. More language, violence and a unexpected ending. Mind you, Bartimaeus is cynical as ever, so you won't be disappointed there. A great book for older youth and adults of all ages.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    This book is very close to 5 stars...let us say it's another of those 4.5 books. I can recommend it and I do, but with a caveat, it is considered to be a youth or YA book. Be sure that your "youth" is mature enough for the book. I will go so far as to add a spoiler below for those who wish to know in more detail what I mean. This is the third in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. They are good books, and deal with in an over all sense attitudes of cooperation and equality. The Magicians are the ruling clas This book is very close to 5 stars...let us say it's another of those 4.5 books. I can recommend it and I do, but with a caveat, it is considered to be a youth or YA book. Be sure that your "youth" is mature enough for the book. I will go so far as to add a spoiler below for those who wish to know in more detail what I mean. This is the third in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. They are good books, and deal with in an over all sense attitudes of cooperation and equality. The Magicians are the ruling class here and the "commoners" those who aren't magicians mostly "exist" simply for the and to serve the needs and wants of the ruling class, said magicians. The Jinn and other beings from the other place are enslaved by the magicians. With everyone basically hating the magicians I think you can see how things might go. Throughout the trilogy we have followed Nathanial (the human who becomes a magician), Bartimaeus the Jinni, and Kitty a girl in the resistance. The stories are very well done, have some great (even humorous) dialog, and draw the reader in. If you're a parent be sure that your "youth" has a good reality concept and is mature enough for a story that turns somewhat dark at times. **** SPOILER ALERT SPOILER BELOW **** The end of this book took me by complete surprise...and that doesn't happen much anymore. I am about to reveal the ending surprise to the story so if you don't want to read it read no further. I include it here for parents who may wish to know before allowing children to read or listen to these books. ****SPOILER BELOW **** (view spoiler)[We follow Nathanial or John Mandrake through all the books till the last. In the final book the magicians are duped by the Jinn into allowing them to enter into them or possess them. The Jinn promptly destroy the magicians minds as this is the only way they can be summoned into the world and not be enslaved. They then set out to take their revenge on humans, especially magicians. Now this possession angle may bother some, it didn't strike me as too bad as even though I'm a Christian, this is simply part of a story and the villains are doing villainous things...if it bothers you there it is. What got me comes next. A spent and all but powerless Nathanial and a severely weakened Bartimaeus are forced to work together. Bartimaeus enters into Nathanial but does not possess him. He doesn't harm his mind. Nathanial has promised that as soon as they destroy the most powerful "demon" he will dismiss Bartimaeus permanently. The being is stronger than they thought and after taking leave of Kitty they set out to break a magic staff, thus releasing all the staff's power at once destroying the demon. Unfortunately it will also kill them. I went on expecting the last minute reprieve, that they would somehow survive the blast, be buried under a building that would shield them from the worst of it or something as had happened a hundred times before in the books. Nathanial is badly injured already and only Bartimaeus presence is keeping him alive, Bartimaeus is too weak to survive alone here on Earth and may only survive alone if he is dismissed to go back to the other place and heal. As the evil demon closes in and Nathanial needs to break the staff, he dismisses Bartimaeus, breaks the staff and dies. The closing remarks are by Bartimaeus. If you think the death of Nathanial will be a problem for a child be aware of it. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3), Jonathan Stroud, C2005 Ptolemy's Gate is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is the third book in the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud. It was released in the United Kingdom in September 2005, and in the United States in December of the same year. Characters: Bartimaeus, Kathleen "Kitty" Jones, Nathaniel تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از هشتم ماه مارس تا بیست و پنجم ماه مارس سال 2014 م عنوان: دروازه ی پتولمی؛ اثر: جاناتان Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, #3), Jonathan Stroud, C2005 Ptolemy's Gate is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is the third book in the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud. It was released in the United Kingdom in September 2005, and in the United States in December of the same year. Characters: Bartimaeus, Kathleen "Kitty" Jones, Nathaniel تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از هشتم ماه مارس تا بیست و پنجم ماه مارس سال 2014 م عنوان: دروازه ی پتولمی؛ اثر: جاناتان استرود؛ برگردان: محمد قصاع؛ نشر: تهران، افق، 1391، در 760 ص، فروست: رمان نوجوان؛ ۸9، رمانهای سه‌ گانه‌ ی بارتیمیوس‏؛ 3، شابک: 9789643697525؛ موضوع: داستان‌های نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی -- قرن 21 م بسیار خواندنی ست، حتما پیشنهاد میکنم بخوانید. ا. شربیانی

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    4.5 to 5.0 stars. Having now finished the entire trilogy, I can say that this ranks in my top 5 "All Time" YA fantasy series ever. After loving the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, I was a little disappointed in the second volume, The Golem's Eye, for reasons set out in my review. Thus I was a little worried about how the final installment would play out. Turns out that each one of my gripes about the second volume were dealt with beautifully in this story. The series ended on an incredibly 4.5 to 5.0 stars. Having now finished the entire trilogy, I can say that this ranks in my top 5 "All Time" YA fantasy series ever. After loving the first book, The Amulet of Samarkand, I was a little disappointed in the second volume, The Golem's Eye, for reasons set out in my review. Thus I was a little worried about how the final installment would play out. Turns out that each one of my gripes about the second volume were dealt with beautifully in this story. The series ended on an incredibly high (though bittersweet) note and I could not have been happier. Bartimaeus is one of the most unique "voices" in fantasy literature over the past 10 years and I hope to read more stories with him in the near future. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!! Winner: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Young Adult Novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria Salinas

    In this fantastic ending to a wonderful trilogy, Jonathan Stroud has managed to do something that I find is rarely done in any series. With Nathaniel, Kitty, and most importantly, Bartimaeus back for another riveting book, deeper conflicts emerge that we didn't fully understand in the previous two books. With secrets from Bartimaeus's past, we get a window peek at The Other Place, and a slowly changing relationship between the three characters, this book is by far the greatest ending to the tril In this fantastic ending to a wonderful trilogy, Jonathan Stroud has managed to do something that I find is rarely done in any series. With Nathaniel, Kitty, and most importantly, Bartimaeus back for another riveting book, deeper conflicts emerge that we didn't fully understand in the previous two books. With secrets from Bartimaeus's past, we get a window peek at The Other Place, and a slowly changing relationship between the three characters, this book is by far the greatest ending to the trilogy. Something interesting about Stroud's style of writing for this series, which was separating the narration between all three main characters, I find that what he creates is a perfect balance. Although Kitty's and Nathaniel's are both written in third person, Bartimaeus's is written in first. By doing so, Stroud has created a more personal bond with Bartimaeus than with the humans. By creating a bond with the deamon, we see the faults in Nathaniel and the things that make Kitty special and different. This plays with our emotions throughout, and at the end, I think, cause the perfect mix of sadness, excitement, and curiosity. The thing I value the most about this ending, is the fact that it's not the perfect, pretty in pink, happy ending we have seen so much of. It clearly shows that the world won't become perfect after it, that sometime hero's fall and not for noble causes but for selfish ones, and we are left with so many questions that will not be answered, leaving it up to our imaginations and creativity. For that, I am extremely grateful and happy with this book. Five stars and two thumbs up!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sache

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. so, I decided to write my review here. is it possible to give 7 stars for this book? because I really would have, if Goodreads allowed me. meanwhile, I read this series right in fasting month where I lay my head in the midnight, read this book and sobbed like crazy when morning came. and I was not exaggerating, because it turned my eyes got very puffy, red, and I didn't mind. first thing about so WELL DEVELOPED characters here: Bartimaeus never ever got me bored with his funny wits, eccentric behavi so, I decided to write my review here. is it possible to give 7 stars for this book? because I really would have, if Goodreads allowed me. meanwhile, I read this series right in fasting month where I lay my head in the midnight, read this book and sobbed like crazy when morning came. and I was not exaggerating, because it turned my eyes got very puffy, red, and I didn't mind. first thing about so WELL DEVELOPED characters here: Bartimaeus never ever got me bored with his funny wits, eccentric behavior. he was the kind of character you missed so much, he told everything in his mind in a cynical, sarcastic, unique way. he hated human world so much, toward John Mandrake who forced him to do what he hated the most, but he did everything to save them because for Kitty, who reminded him of his best master, Ptolemy. and as time passed by, I could feel that despite his resentful, he loved Nathaniel and Kitty. though he would never say that. Nathaniel, always the same selfish guy like ever, but you couldn't blame him, he was young yet he had enough authority to made every guy big-headed. still, as time passed and problems swirled, he learned there was nothing about authority that he turned to his old self, the gloom boy, eager to be a grown-up, sad, and determined. he did everything he could to settle things even if it means he had to sacrificed himself. for one thing and another, he really was a VERY cool guy anyone ever imagine. Kitty. in the first book, she was... well, there was not enough of her. in the second book, she was the kind of bossy girl but loyal to her friends. and here in the third, she amazed me. the same strong girl after what she had been through, yet she determined to risk everything for her curiosity and justice. when she made up her mind, she would do it without hesitation. but then she helped her own enemy, risked her life to save the world and cleaned up the mess though she hated the government much. she was cool I wanted to cry. second, the plot. it was beautifully written, full of humor, romance, action, politic, the distaste of commoner toward authority, and everything. I couldn't imagine or judge what will happen next and it made me curious to finish this book, even didn't aware that I sobbed until the end of book. I could feel how much angry Kitty was toward the government, commoners distrust of authority, and the war that began crumbling everything in London. Bartimaeus affection toward Ptolemy, or Nathaniel emotions when the world he tried to keep much ruined. and the ending? so unexpected and beautiful! war was never any good, they had to settle everything that destroyed, Nathaniel had pay the government faults, Bartimaeus learned to trust a boy who had been an annoying master and a girl who risked her life for them, and the fact that Kitty had to face her life after the tragedy that followed her. I slightly liked tragedy, and this series had the best ending I've ever read. by the way, I heard Jonathan Stroud will release a prequel book about Ptolemy and Bartimaues in November. whooa, it feels like I'll get presents in November, like Harry Potter 7, and Bartimaeus! I can't wait! :D

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this series a few years ago, and could never quite put into words how I felt about it. I adored The Amulet of Samarkand and The Golem's Eye, but by the time I got to Ptolemy's Gate...things changed. There I was, reading along all cheerily, thinking "what a great, funny series!" fully expecting a happily ever after. Then I read Ptolemy's Gate. I cried for an hour straight after the last page of this book. An hour straight. Then I took a break, and cried some more. This had never happened t I read this series a few years ago, and could never quite put into words how I felt about it. I adored The Amulet of Samarkand and The Golem's Eye, but by the time I got to Ptolemy's Gate...things changed. There I was, reading along all cheerily, thinking "what a great, funny series!" fully expecting a happily ever after. Then I read Ptolemy's Gate. I cried for an hour straight after the last page of this book. An hour straight. Then I took a break, and cried some more. This had never happened to me before; yes, okay, I'd shed a few tears and become misty eyed over a few books before, but this was completely different. I was bawling my eyes out and I couldn't stop. I just kept sobbing and sobbing. Luckily no-one was around to hear me or they'd have thought someone had died. I don't know why the ending shocked me so much; I should've expected it. But I didn't. I wanted to hate this book. I really did. After I was done crying, I tried to convince myself the whole series was worthless and the ending didn't matter anyway. But I couldn't. I couldn't forget the wonderful characters, the magical world they lived in, the humour (Bartimaeus was possibly the funniest being I've ever come across in fiction), the way they grew up, the realisations, the heartbreak, the sacrifices. Nathaniel...that boy. I went from loving him, to feeling sorry for him, to hating the way he'd become, to screaming at him, to cheering him on, to pitying him, to loving him, to crying for him. The way Stroud developed his character...his writing is a magic of its own. Because Nathaniel was and still remains one of my favourite characters of all time; flawed, wrong, insensitive, tactless, kind-hearted, guilty, and above all, a hero. I felt for him more than any other character in any other book. Which was why the ending upset me so incredibly. And despite the fact the ending was the complete opposite of what I wanted, I still loved the series. The ending was still amazing. I realised it had to happen that way. And I just couldn't bring myself to hate it, no matter how much thinking about it made me cry. I can never read this series again. Ever. I can't, because just thinking about how much I cried the last time makes me want to cry again. And I don't usually cry. Titanic? Nah. Bambi? Nah. But Ptolemy’s Gate...think Alice in Wonderland and the pool of tears. But that in no way means that I regret reading it. I think The Bartimaeus Trilogy is something everyone needs to read. Unlike most other children’s books, it doesn’t sugarcoat the bad stuff. It shows you how easily anyone can spiral into corruption. And it shows you how difficult it can be to redeem yourself. But most of all, it shows what it is to be a true hero. You don’t have to be a perfect, goody-two shoes to do what’s right. And that, I think, is all you need to know. Read this book. Read this series. No matter if you like it or not, you won’t forget it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    gio

    NO FREAKING WAY. NO. LYS GO HIDE IN A CORNER. "I want to see what you think of the ending" By now I should know that when Lys says that, I'm going to suffer. I mean, I didn't see that coming. At all. And it was a fitting and beautiful ending but...but, my heart is crushed, broken in little pieces! T.T It's kind of pointless to talk about the plot, because I don't want to spoil the series for anyone. I loved Bartimaeus (Barty :3) and Nathaniel. I've always liked Kitty's character but I've never love NO FREAKING WAY. NO. LYS GO HIDE IN A CORNER. "I want to see what you think of the ending" By now I should know that when Lys says that, I'm going to suffer. I mean, I didn't see that coming. At all. And it was a fitting and beautiful ending but...but, my heart is crushed, broken in little pieces! T.T It's kind of pointless to talk about the plot, because I don't want to spoil the series for anyone. I loved Bartimaeus (Barty :3) and Nathaniel. I've always liked Kitty's character but I've never loved her part in the story. To me, this series will always be about Bartimaeus and Nathaniel and no one else.

  11. 5 out of 5

    David

    The British empire is falling apart, even as its troops are fighting off the rebellion in America. Commoners are starting to protest in the streets of London, as they see the casualty numbers. Meanwhile, the elite magicians cannot put aside their personal ambitions for a moment, to think through how to preserve their country and their empire. Young Nathaniel, a magician who is slipping away from his earlier idealism, writes wartime propaganda for hometown consumption. Idealistic, feisty Kitty Jon The British empire is falling apart, even as its troops are fighting off the rebellion in America. Commoners are starting to protest in the streets of London, as they see the casualty numbers. Meanwhile, the elite magicians cannot put aside their personal ambitions for a moment, to think through how to preserve their country and their empire. Young Nathaniel, a magician who is slipping away from his earlier idealism, writes wartime propaganda for hometown consumption. Idealistic, feisty Kitty Jones seeks to educate the commoners about the limitations of magic, and the truth behind their oppression. She seeks a way for commoners and demons to combine forces, to overthrow the magicians. This novel is the third in the Bartimaeus trilogy. It is hilarious, as we hear Bartimaeus in his usual witty, sarcastic, sometimes long-winded comments as he struggles to satisfy his master, Nathaniel. The three main characters, Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty must learn to trust one another, in the climactic conclusion of the story. This is not easy, as magicians look upon demons as "slaves", commoners look upon magicians as oppressive overlords, and demons look at all humans with disdain, and sometimes even with hatred. As with the first two books, I listened to this one as an audiobook, narrated by Simon Jones. He is marvelous, giving the dialog exactly the right touch. He makes the book "spring to life" in a way that is wonderful, and full of fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glassshadow

    First of all, don't be fooled by the "Young Adult Fiction" label.I think anyone who enjoys a good read should give this trilogy a try. Yes, I even recommend it to those who don't normally read fantasies. This books is the final installment in the Bartimaeus trilogy, and arguably the most unique and satisfying conclusion I've ever read in any story. I find most fantasy heroes to be generic and predictable, for they are "destined" to fulfill an important role. They are depicted as brave, determine First of all, don't be fooled by the "Young Adult Fiction" label.I think anyone who enjoys a good read should give this trilogy a try. Yes, I even recommend it to those who don't normally read fantasies. This books is the final installment in the Bartimaeus trilogy, and arguably the most unique and satisfying conclusion I've ever read in any story. I find most fantasy heroes to be generic and predictable, for they are "destined" to fulfill an important role. They are depicted as brave, determined, and resourceful, yet they lack the fine flaws that make a character genuinely human. Stroud has captured exactly this. Nathaniel was not bestowed any particular talent, rather he drew his determination from a wounded pride. Spurred by a particular encounter with Lovelace way back in the first book, Nathaniel sought a way to gain his place in the world of politics and power, although he didn't really understand what true strength meant until the last few chapters of the book. On another note, I really love the switch between John Mandrake and Nathaniel, with the former being the corrupt and power thirsty magician and the latter being the innocent youth. ALthough Mandrake always carried a piece of Nathaniel somewhere deep down, it wasn't until this final book did that identity completely crumble. It's a story about growing up and realizing one's life values. I should probably comment on the great Bartimaeus himself. This witty spirit's utter most sarcasm had me rolling on the floor on countless occasions. I must applaud Stroud once again on this master piece creation. I've never felt such a deep connection with any character, probably because no one ever tried to use footnotes the way Stroud did. Again, this is not your typical ending to an epic hero story. With Nathaniel's final act, everything comes to a full circle, where the present echoed the past. By renewing the bond Bartimaeus treasured so dearly, Nathaniel had rekindled the possibility of a harmonious existence between humans and spirits. The ending isn't spelt out word for word, but the idea is there, albeit elusive. I must make a final confession here, I actually cried upon reading the last words! But I must say, it is tears worth. No review could do this trilogy justice, you really need to read it yourself to understand.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I understood the character Mandrake wholly, why he was scared,frightened or arrogant. And towards the end i was so proud that he was becoming such a wonderful person,i even hoped following this Kitty and him could be involved romantically, they had some sparks between them, but then JS had to do the inevitable, he took my beloved (cheesily feels for a character)just as he began living. Tears were in my eyes,I had to stop myself from crying.I knew JS would do something horrible, and had a terribl I understood the character Mandrake wholly, why he was scared,frightened or arrogant. And towards the end i was so proud that he was becoming such a wonderful person,i even hoped following this Kitty and him could be involved romantically, they had some sparks between them, but then JS had to do the inevitable, he took my beloved (cheesily feels for a character)just as he began living. Tears were in my eyes,I had to stop myself from crying.I knew JS would do something horrible, and had a terrible feeling it was going to be Kitty or Mandrake. And there you go, like a fist pounding my heart, gone. And it hurt more than i expected because I practically GREW up physically and mentally with Mandrake( its funny i read all the books around his ages , when i was 10,then 13, then 15). As his demise neared all i wanted to do was tell Mandrake i loved him, no joke, no one deserves to die without hearing those words told with sincerity. SO there it is, Ptolemy and Mandrake my lovelies. If magic is possible in that world, i hope in this book there is also heaven-like afterlife , because they deserve a chance at peace & happiness.I also thank Bartimaeus for giving them a taste of true friendship.My main point being it was an amazing book,using different methods i.e the fantastic plot and fantastic writing style, it really propelled me into 'living' in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annemieke / A Dance with Books

    I'm hugging the book. It's not fair. Cries. Review to come, if I can ever properly formulate my feelings for these characters. I'm hugging the book. It's not fair. Cries. Review to come, if I can ever properly formulate my feelings for these characters.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Worth slogging through book two just to get to this one. (And I’m still not convinced my reaction to that book wasn’t just me trying to read it at the wrong time.) This is the third and final book in the original Bartimaeus Trilogy (he wrote a prequel in 2010 but I think I’m going to pass on that one). It takes place three years after the events of The Golem’s Eye. Nathaniel/John Mandrake is high up in government now, in charge of what is essentially the propaganda department, and is currently pr Worth slogging through book two just to get to this one. (And I’m still not convinced my reaction to that book wasn’t just me trying to read it at the wrong time.) This is the third and final book in the original Bartimaeus Trilogy (he wrote a prequel in 2010 but I think I’m going to pass on that one). It takes place three years after the events of The Golem’s Eye. Nathaniel/John Mandrake is high up in government now, in charge of what is essentially the propaganda department, and is currently preoccupied with sniffing out spies and resistance members, as well as making the war in the American colonies palatable to an ever more unhappy public. He is miserable. He dismissed Bartimaeus at the end of the last book, but apparently had been calling on him for greater and greater intervals ever since, and it has now been a very long time since Bartimaeus was allowed to visit the Other Place. This means he is weak and vulnerable, but Nathaniel stubbornly refuses to dismiss him, out of some secret fear, presumably. Our third protagonist, Kitty, has been busy these last three years getting an informal education in magic and magical history from a disaffected magician. Something about her meeting with Bartimaeus three years before struck her, and she’s been tracking down information about his past. In particular, she’s curious about his preferred form of the young boy, a former master. What kind of djinni would take on the form of someone who enslaved them? Not going further into detail about what actually happens here because it’s really satisfying to be surprised by it, but I was pleased with how all three of our main characters ended up, and pleased with the overall trajectory of the series. Stroud set up a lot of pins to be knocked down in books one and two, and I was worried he wouldn’t be able to realistically deal with them all, but he somehow manages it. If you like fantasy, I’d highly recommend checking this series out. The themes and plots it works with are not the ones we typically see anymore in children’s or middle grade or YA fantasy. There’s a refreshing lack of a love story, the most sympathetic character is not the human, and the white male is not the unexamined savior of the world. The focus on the alternate history of it all was fun as well. I overall really enjoyed it and can see myself revisiting in a couple of years (though I think I might do it by audio–my editions have such small print; this is how I know I’m getting old).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Its taken me almost two years to read this trilogy and honestly the only thing keeping me going was the fact that a friend recommended these to me and I couldn't not read them... That being said I am glad I stuck with it! (Switching to the audio halfway through book two also really helped, Steven Pacey does a great job!) Nathaniel's a twat and its nice for a change that characters don't easily and miraculously change, once a twat always a twat! And Bartimaeus, I am going to miss him. Was never re Its taken me almost two years to read this trilogy and honestly the only thing keeping me going was the fact that a friend recommended these to me and I couldn't not read them... That being said I am glad I stuck with it! (Switching to the audio halfway through book two also really helped, Steven Pacey does a great job!) Nathaniel's a twat and its nice for a change that characters don't easily and miraculously change, once a twat always a twat! And Bartimaeus, I am going to miss him. Was never really a fan of Kitty, but she had a nice part in this installment. That ending though... unexpected (this is definitely not YA) and yet heartbreakingly perfect.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nenangs

    Amazing book. Not Perfect, but amazing nonetheless... The transformations of the characters, the plot, the storytelling, the battles, the culmination, the ends, they're just great! In average, the trilogy got 4 stars from me. Amazing book. Not Perfect, but amazing nonetheless... The transformations of the characters, the plot, the storytelling, the battles, the culmination, the ends, they're just great! In average, the trilogy got 4 stars from me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Grace Nakao

    This is by far, the best book ive read the whole year and possibly one of the best in my entire life. If I could make a top ten list of my favorite books, this is definitely one of the top five or three. Doesn't really matter cuz its THAT great. Even up until now, I could still feel the tightness in my chest and the shallowness of my breath. I havent felt like this about a book for almost a year. Let me start from the very beginning. The book started out okay. It wasn't really gripping enough but This is by far, the best book ive read the whole year and possibly one of the best in my entire life. If I could make a top ten list of my favorite books, this is definitely one of the top five or three. Doesn't really matter cuz its THAT great. Even up until now, I could still feel the tightness in my chest and the shallowness of my breath. I havent felt like this about a book for almost a year. Let me start from the very beginning. The book started out okay. It wasn't really gripping enough but I persevered (albeit after a few more days of setting it aside). Bartimaeus is certainly not something or someone you could ignore. Teehee. After a couple more chapters, the book became more and more interesting to the point where I couldn't possibly put it down. There were so much going on but it never felt rushed. The pieces that have been given to the readers from book 1 and 2 came perfectly into place. I must admit though that I figured out who the traitor is while I was reading book 2 but what the heck, the book still managed to kill me inside. The usual humor is ever so apparent that I continually find myself chuckling at myself. Also is it wrong for me to associate this specific paragraph with this? "But other cultures had no qualms about fusing djinn with inanimate objects: the Persians went in for carpets; certain down-at-eel Europeans went by mortar and pestle. Venturesome Chinese magicians even tried their hand at riding clouds." Despite all the shortcomings of Nathaniel and the other characters during the first and second book, the character development was indeed present. I could sympathize with Kitty and Nathaniel more. I think Jonathan Stroud did an excellent job finishing the series. I have no problems with it and personally think its perfect :D Also, this is basically me when I was reading the second to the last page till the very end: This is me when I had the idea of what is going to happen: Then I became like this when it really did happen: Then this And out of sheer coincidence, it began to rain (its crazy! Its like the universe knows how I felt deep down inside) so I became:

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shravanthi

    Now that is what I call a Grand Finalé. The third and final book in The Bartimaeus Sequence was amazing. The writing and plot picked up from book 2 (The Golem's Eye. Review >> Here). The story arcs of every character in the novel were dealt with meticulous perfection and as a reader I am completely satisfied. Bartimaeus has a beautiful and painful back story which I loved reading about. It was a long time coming. I waited 3 books for this! It justifies his nature as a considerate (tad bit more t Now that is what I call a Grand Finalé. The third and final book in The Bartimaeus Sequence was amazing. The writing and plot picked up from book 2 (The Golem's Eye. Review >> Here). The story arcs of every character in the novel were dealt with meticulous perfection and as a reader I am completely satisfied. Bartimaeus has a beautiful and painful back story which I loved reading about. It was a long time coming. I waited 3 books for this! It justifies his nature as a considerate (tad bit more than the other demons) djinni with wit, independence and respect. The Kitty Jones arc is brilliant. A rebel turned into an overthrowing force is something that I would like to see in a hero. And I stand by what I said earlier. Kitty was the true hero in the story. It must take guts to write a protagonist that is shown in negative light for the most part and then make the reader fall in love with him in the end. No fair, Mr.Stroud. Yes, I did end up changing my opinion about Nathaniel/Mandrake in the end. I'll admit that I feel good doing so. I'd hate to hate the main character. The story came a full circle in the end, what with Nat becoming Nat once again, and Bartimaeus experiencing some serious dèja vû, making me better appreciate the first book (The Amulet of Samarkand. Review >> Here).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    It was very disappointing... That is why it took me ages to read this book. I did not like the end of these series. :(

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lemar

    Hearing this beautifully written novel by Jonathan Stroud read by Simon Jones is a delight, its considerable literary content expertly leavened with laugh out loud humor and dazzling prose. I liked this series! Listening to an audiobook is still new to me but, having heard the previous two, I looked forward to saving this one for a series of long drives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Giota

    I’m hardly ever moved by books (I’m a bit cynical), but Ptolemy's Gate made me tear up, which is an indication of how much I connected with the characters and Nathaniel in particular. I know Bartimaeus is the protagonist but I was rooting for Nathaniel from the start. Nathaniel is a good example of a tragic hero. The plot was quite predictable but it was beautifully executed. We got a lot of Bartimaeus’ backstory, especially his time with Ptolemy. The ending, though quite unfair, left the door op I’m hardly ever moved by books (I’m a bit cynical), but Ptolemy's Gate made me tear up, which is an indication of how much I connected with the characters and Nathaniel in particular. I know Bartimaeus is the protagonist but I was rooting for Nathaniel from the start. Nathaniel is a good example of a tragic hero. The plot was quite predictable but it was beautifully executed. We got a lot of Bartimaeus’ backstory, especially his time with Ptolemy. The ending, though quite unfair, left the door open for new adventure.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    sooo verrrry borrreddd.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    It's a pretty good ending to a competent series, that closes all plotlines and wraps up loose ends in a generally fair manner. I also appreciate the character development - every main character has come a long way and grown as people (or spirits), even in individual books, making it really feel like they've been through things and become stronger as a result. I guess it's good to note here now that we're at the very end of the story. It did end up a bit messy and hard to follow towards the end, t It's a pretty good ending to a competent series, that closes all plotlines and wraps up loose ends in a generally fair manner. I also appreciate the character development - every main character has come a long way and grown as people (or spirits), even in individual books, making it really feel like they've been through things and become stronger as a result. I guess it's good to note here now that we're at the very end of the story. It did end up a bit messy and hard to follow towards the end, though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ayman Teaman

    **Summary** Rating: 5.0 An epic finale of an extremely fun, emotionally-charged, humor-packed tale that intertwined three great characters you cannot help but love. This book is by far one of the best finals of any trilogy I have ever read so far. Why did I pick this book? This time, it is not only Bartimaeus that made me read the final book in the series. I wanted to know more about the rest of the characters; I wanted to know what will happen between Nathaniel and Kitty, and ultimately I neede **Summary** Rating: 5.0 An epic finale of an extremely fun, emotionally-charged, humor-packed tale that intertwined three great characters you cannot help but love. This book is by far one of the best finals of any trilogy I have ever read so far. Why did I pick this book? This time, it is not only Bartimaeus that made me read the final book in the series. I wanted to know more about the rest of the characters; I wanted to know what will happen between Nathaniel and Kitty, and ultimately I needed to know the answers to many questions I had about the history of Bartimaeus. Overall reading experience The book had a slow start due to many flashbacks, which were fun, but once they got settled I couldn't put the book down. Things I liked: - Bartimaeus , Bartimaeus, oh Bartimaeus ! (yes I know I repeated that in each review, so it doesn't hurt to emphasize it again, does it?). - The ending…(view spoiler)[I dreaded the ending, oh I did. This may be the only book I ever read where I know the main character will die and I still accepted it. It did hurt.. I did not want it to happen, but it made perfect sense and I couldn't help but accept it. It still hurt.. The sacrifice that didn’t feel so cheesy, the love, how human Nathaniel is.. is just great. (hide spoiler)] - The history of Bartimaeus that we finally got to know. - Everything is improved, only greatly! Character development is taken to another level, plot has more depth, twists got sharper. Things I disliked: If I had to pick one thing I dislike about Ptolemy’s Gate… (view spoiler)[is that it was a true ending. (hide spoiler)] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ **Personal Rant -- Forward** The series was decent at best, but after reading Ptolemy’s Gate, it turned to “epic”. I had to bow with respect—mentally sort of speaking, for how slowly the author turned the series into something I came to love and carry with me forever. The questions posed, the human feelings exposed, and challenges proposed were truly deep and fascinating. Even today, after 7 months from reading the series, I still feel sore about it (not in a negative way). I loved this series a lot, and I’m so glad I read it. I will definitely read this series again once the wounds have healed a bit.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Reviews May Vary

    What the holy fudgey hell was that ending, Jonathan!!? I should have expected it... but I did not. I hope I remember this feeling of outrage if I ever review this book. This is my second romp into the fantasy worlds of Jonathan Stroud. In this trilogy, he creates a world of magicians in which magic is really being wielded, not by magicians themselves, by jinn and other spirits that are enslaved servants of magicians. I've been looking for a book in which the protagonist was on "the wrong side" a What the holy fudgey hell was that ending, Jonathan!!? I should have expected it... but I did not. I hope I remember this feeling of outrage if I ever review this book. This is my second romp into the fantasy worlds of Jonathan Stroud. In this trilogy, he creates a world of magicians in which magic is really being wielded, not by magicians themselves, by jinn and other spirits that are enslaved servants of magicians. I've been looking for a book in which the protagonist was on "the wrong side" and I found that protag in Nathanial. This is a grand series and sure to be a fan favorite. Also filed under: kick ass female side kicks, but don't call her a side kick to her face; aren't there any people of color in modern day London; and Magicians are The Worst.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    3.5 Stars!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ewelina

    actual rating: 4.5 i will need a very, very long moment to get over this

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jaemi

    First and foremost, if you haven't read the first two books of this trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye), I wouldn't start with this one. Without all the back-story there's a lot to miss. That being said, I think this might have been the best of the three. We're back in London, after the downfall of the Lovelace affair, and Nathaniel/Jonathan Mandrake, is now Information Minister. The Commoners are growing restless, the war in America is going poorly, and Bartimaeus has been kept in First and foremost, if you haven't read the first two books of this trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye), I wouldn't start with this one. Without all the back-story there's a lot to miss. That being said, I think this might have been the best of the three. We're back in London, after the downfall of the Lovelace affair, and Nathaniel/Jonathan Mandrake, is now Information Minister. The Commoners are growing restless, the war in America is going poorly, and Bartimaeus has been kept in service for so long that his powers are all but gone. The government is beginning to split into factions, everyone is always looking over their shoulders, and the lower magicians seem to be plotting something. It turns out the elusive Hopkins is returned. Finding him becomes top priority. In the meantime, Mandrake also learns that Kitty Jones is not, as he had thought, dead. Finding her then becomes his top priority. And just when it seems like things might be falling into place....everything comes apart. The entire government is kidnapped, the streets overflow with commoners who've noticed a lack of government response, and Mandrake and Kitty have fallen into the middle of a most sordid plot. This was the quickest read of the trilogy, for me, and even though I knew it was winding down, in the end I harbor hopes that perhaps there will be another story someday. _____ This is a huge series. By which I mean, all of the books are huge. I still remember feeling as if it took forever to read the first one. I had the second one out so long that it got moved to lost by the library system. The third one though, I think it was a pretty quick read, at least comparatively. The stories are immense. The detail, the plots, the characters. If you try to blow through these books you'll miss more than half of it, but they're well worth the time. While this was my favorite of the series, I really do mean what I said: read them in order. P.S. I intended to copy all three of my reviews over here. Except that I can't find two of them. I'm quite sure they ought to be there, and yet I can't find them anywhere. And it's been a long time, so I don't really think I could recreate them either. So I'll just state that all three were good reads. I'd probably rate them all a 4/5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ian

    I just finished reading the last book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy a few minutes ago. The whole set is exciting and very funny. I just loved it.[return][return][return][return]The Bartimaeus Trilogy is made up of the following books: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate. The story revolves around Nathaniel, a young magician who develops his powers and ascends the ranks in the English government, which is run by magicians. In the story, magicians get their power from spirits I just finished reading the last book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy a few minutes ago. The whole set is exciting and very funny. I just loved it.[return][return][return][return]The Bartimaeus Trilogy is made up of the following books: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate. The story revolves around Nathaniel, a young magician who develops his powers and ascends the ranks in the English government, which is run by magicians. In the story, magicians get their power from spirits summoned from the Other Place. Nathaniel's demon slave is a djinni named Bartimaeus. He's a wisecracking character and provides much of the humor in the story.[return][return][return][return]It seems like a formulaic enough beginning, but Nathaniel's story progresses in a way that is less common in fantasy stories. It's not just about discovering one's power and using it for a great purpose. It's not about growing into one's destiny. Or maybe, to an extent, it is. But, it takes an uncommon path.[return][return][return][return]There's quite a bit of politics in the story, but underneath all the action and the witty repartee, and the intricate yet solid plot, is a story about redemption. While it takes you on a thrilling ride along the plot, it also deals a wallop of heart. And it's neither forced nor awkward. This is one series that's good from the first book to the very last word. [return][return][return][return]Read it! Read it!

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