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The Ring of Solomon


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A spellbinding addition to the internationally acclaimed, bestselling BARTIMAEUS sequence.

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Jonathan 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 young children.


The crafty djinni introduced in The Amulet of Samarkand (2003), the first volume of Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus" trilogy, is back-and he's as cheeky as ever. In this stand-alone prequel (2010, both Hyperion), set 3,000 years before the trilogy takes place, Bartimaeus, the servant of the Queen of Sheba's chief guard, inadvertently becomes involved in saving the country from King Solomon. The wisecracking djinni's droll asides provide plenty of laughs in this spellbinding fantasy. British actor Simon Jones's narration is marvelous, and he clearly revels in Bartimaeus's plummy dialogue. Jones's wonderful sense of timing gives listeners the opportunity to enjoy this richly rendered adventure. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Jonathan Stroud has created another winner in The Ring of Solomon, his latest Bartimaeus story. Wonderfully written and brilliantly plotted . . . Brilliant" * Bookseller *
"The voice is as funny as ever, but there are also passages of eerie beauty . . . Stroud has lost none of his dazzle" -- Suzi Feay * Financial Times *
"Wonderfully written and brilliantly plotted, this book provides an entertaining cast of characters and a satisfying denoument, with ends finally tied after many twists and turns. Bartimaeus himself is a brilliant creation, offering lots of comedy opportunities to the writer" -- Marilyn Brocklehurst * The Bookseller *
"May be the best one yet . . . Needless to say Bartimaeus is a tad resentful of the magicians and expresses his disgruntlement with wit, much sarcasm, and occasional magician-devouring" -- Susan Goundrey Kruse * Stories from the Web *

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