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ISBN: 0552562807
Author: Stroud,Jonathan Stroud
Language: English
Publisher: Corgi Books (October 1, 2010)
Pages: 528
Subcategory: Young Adults
Rating: 4.2
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BOOKS BY JONATHAN STROUD LOCKWOOD author of Petticoats and Rifles and other works Mr. Harold Button Magician . Harold Button Magician, scholar, and book collector Mr. Sholto Pinn A merchant; proprietor of Pinn’s.

Ptolemy's Gate is a 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. Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel (otherwise known as John Mandrake) helped prevent an attack on London that would have been cataclysmic for its magicians and commoners.

Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, 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

Ptolemy's Gate (Bartimaeus, Jonathan Stroud, C2005 Ptolemy's Gate is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic.

Jonathan Anthony Stroud (born 27 October 1970) is a British writer of fantasy fiction, mainly for children and young adults. Born in 1970 in Bedford, England, Stroud began to write stories at a very young age. He grew up in St Albans where he attended Wheatfields Junior School and St Albans Boys' School. He enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home.

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Limousines were located in the lot beneath Westminster Hall; the Chauffeurs’ Mess provided a choice of keys.

Limousines were located in the lot beneath Westminster Hall; the Chauffeurs’ Mess provided a choice of keys thers had retrieved what weapons they could, negotiated the summoning of a number of imps, and were waiting at the door. Without ceremony, they bundled in, four to a car, and with the demons hovering in their wake, proceeded in procession up the road. They did not get far. Halfway up Whitehall, they found the way blocked by rubble from a toppled war memorial.

The tremendous climax of "The Bartimaeus" sequence now has a brand-new cover! Three years on from the events in "The Golem's Eye," the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is with an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain - the Other Place - which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians' control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores if they are to survive and prevent the earth's destruction?

Comments:

grand star
Major Spoilers ahead: let's start with I liked the series, I really did. World was great, characters had growth and I fell in love with them. Story was consistent and strong. The author had great writing and kept me entertained and he'd me eager for more. But the ending, it was truly poorly executed and I leave this series with a bad taste in my mouth which negatively colors the whole series to me now. The main characters have major growth from start to end with Nathaniel more than the rest. And through out the whole series sway from someone you like to someone you don't and not because its a bad character but though his actions and descent into the magician mold. Just when you think you've given up on him he turns around slowly and gradually becomes the man you always wanted him to be then BAM he dies. Having a main character die is always tricky and when this happens I don't always stomp my feet and cry if done well. Most stories avoid this with basic plot dynamic: introduction, struggle, growth, climax, resolution happy ending. But if you read enough this can become stale very fast so authors try to change it up with a bittersweet resolution. And ending that will make you gasp and tug at your emotions. When done well when you finish that last page your satisfied. And that is the important part here "being satisfied." I've had books where the main character is killed and while I'm sad this character I've spent hours building in my head and becoming attached to doesn't get the ending I expected but it is a good ending and you know your character had a good end with the rest of the world having a happy ending. Unfortunately this is where I feel in this case I've been cheated. The series to twists and turns and I didn't confidently assume a few endings until into the final book and there is this amazing crescendo of of plot dynamics then it's ripped away. Nathanial finally becoming the magician Bartamaeus first saw him to be in that little attic, the magician Kattie doesn't hate but instead sees as a person she can trust to guide the country and a magician the populace of Britain could look up to and love and respect without worry of oppression. Then he dies, without faithfulness nor gratitude this catalyst to a better world is erased without even becoming a symbolic martyr when he could have easily just melted the iron girders and caged the enemy without dying. Bartamaeus carrying the weight of Ptolemy's dreams is lovingly sent back to the Other Place to survive and.....to be assumed dead and forgotten just as he fully accepts 2 humans as friends and gets a glimpse of Ptolemy's dream. Kattie after suffering for so long sees hope and sees a future with Nathaniel helping making a sect of magicians following in her dreams to be left partially crippled and hopes and happiness dashed away because she thinks both her friends have parishes and doesn't see a point trying anymore. While the rest of the magicians will carry on with their soldiers back home. That's it. No global slow shift to a better world no nothing. In a "perfect" ending all would have lived with Nat and Kattie exploring a future together however it may develop with Bart pursuing the ended subjugation of djin and commoners. In a "day dream" ending as Nat released Bart, Bart clings and struggles as Nat dies and while being sucked back Nat's soul is pulled with Bart to survive as a Djin after having his essence fused with Bart for them to try and get a message to Kattie. Or bittersweet ending of Nat dying and Kattie summoning Bart to continue on Ptolemy's dream. Instead after all this struggle no one is happy and nothing will change. That is why I feel cheated really because there is no happiness at all. Sure the straggling magicians are trying to make a fair government but it's easy to oppress when you can especially with foreign magicians or Furrar still out there. This story ended with basically no large scale progress, it ended in the same condition as it started with only the removal of two great characters. It would be like if in the lord of the rings after everything Golem gets the ring back and goes back to his cave then Frodo and almost all the rest of the fellowship dies except Sam. Then the two armies clash and they fight to the last two guys and they kill each other. So both sides left with no armies to finish of the other they shrug their shoulders and go back to what they were doing before so Sam heads back to the Shire to live his life depressed without any of his friends and it ends. Is that a good ending? No it really isn't, it brings you in a full circle just to leave you unhappy.
Ventelone
This trilogy is one of those rare and wonderful animals, a work that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. I am delighted to have made Bartimaeus's cantankerous acquaintance and learn once more of his awe-inspiring exploits all over the ancient world. I hope he'll be able to quickly forget that time he got trapped underneath a port-a-potty.

I've read a lot of children's fantasy in my time, and I've noticed some common patterns. Generally the first book of a such a series is the best; the reader is introduced to the fantasy world, and the writer takes his time describing its details and setting the primary conflict in motion. The second and third books often cave under the weight of carrying the plot forward and tying up all the loose threads pulled in the first book.

The author falls prey to this a bit in 'The Golem's Eye', but his swash-buckling finale 'Ptolemy's Gate' brings everything to a highly satisfying close. Stroud introduces lots of exciting new concepts into his magical world while maintaining consistency in his characters and the demonic rules of engagement. I'd guess that he planned this series out carefully even though there's been an appreciable lag between each book's release. Lingering questions from 'The Amulet of Sarakand' are answered in here in an intuitive, well-paced way. Mysteries are built into the story carefully enough to keep you guessing, and yet manage to seem inevitable once they are unveiled. And there's always been a lot a great humor - I'm a little embarrassed at how many times I laughed out loud while reading this last one.

So I must now sadly bid farewell to Bartimaeus's London, and begin to look forward to Stroud's next offering. I humbly offer a few suggestions:

(1) As much magic as possible. These books' strongest sections are invariably Bartimaeus doing battle with stronger demons, using his wits and strong sense of self-preservation to save his scaly skin.

(2) A flawed, complex female lead. Stroud does a good job with his female characters, but he does occasionally lean on stereotypes. I noticed in particular that his young, female characters are all attractive objects of desire, and his young male characters do all of the desiring. I'd love to see a female Bartimaeus- or Mandrake-type character the next time around.

Beyond that, all I can do is wait, and envy those who haven't yet discovered this wonderful series. One caveat for younger readers: Stroud isn't afraid to sacrifice his characters, so make sure your kidlet is prepared for that.
Bolanim
I was reluctant to read the series because I first thought the subject was dark and creepy, but once I finished the first book, I was hooked. Bart is not a demon, but a " respected" djenie. The story of Nathaniel and Bartimaeus is an elaborated tale filled with lots of emotions. In this magical world both humans and magical beings are trying to fit in.
Keth
Let me say that this book is one of the best young adult books that I have ever read. (5+ stars) Just when you think that the excitement and tension cannot get any higher, Stroud takes you up another notch. It is also laced with humor and good dialog. As a concluding book to a trilogy, Ptolemy's Gate turns a wonderful story into a great one. One of the reasons that it's so good, in my mind, is that Stroud has Nathaniel grow from a young teenager in Amulet of Samarkand into a young adult in this book, with all of the changes and difficulties involved in that transition. Bartimaeus does not change all that much. We get to know him better, but he doesn't grow. By the end of Ptolemy's Gate, in contrast, Nathaniel has come to realize that his life-long goal to become a powerful magician, who exerts control over magical forces and nonmagical commoners, is not worth having. He also learns just how much commoners hate him and his fellow magicians. It is this transformation and self-revelation that makes the ending of the book so powerful and memorable. I cannot recommend these books high enough. Get them and read. You will not be disappointed.

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