This book takes a fascinating look at what might happen were the Slytherins of the Harry Potter universe to come out of hiding and take their “rightful” place as leaders of the world. All of the magicians in Stroud’s book, including Nathaniel, are terrible people — they wield total power over the poor commoners as well as the demons that help them stay in charge. It’s pretty bleak, but there is lots of humor in the form of Bartimaeus. He's a demon who just wants to do his thing, no matter what he is actually required to do, and who will grumble amusingly until such time as he can figure out how to do his thing. He also has a healthy sense of his place in society (not too high on the demon scale, not too low) and uses it to great advantage, which is a pretty good life lesson, actually! This is the first book in a series of four, so if you like this one you’ll be able to have more adventures with Nathaniel and Bartimaeus in the future.
--Alison McCarty, Callahan Branch Library
Find The Amulet of Samarkand in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.