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Ptolemy's Gate (2006)

door Jonathan Stroud

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Reeksen: Bartimaeus Sequence (3)

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Dangerous adventures continue for the djinni Bartimaeus and his master, seventeen-year-old Nathaniel, a powerful magician who is serving as England's minister of information.
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Ptolemy's Gate

The series was good and they definately got increasingly better throughout the books with Ptolemy's Gate being the best of the trilogy. I didn't really like Kitty throughout the first 2 books or the beginning of the 3rd but by the end she was an acceptable character. Having her go through Ptolemy's Gate was pretty cool and bonding the demons to the humans was intense haha especially having Nat and Bart's thoughts combined. I won't go into what happened much but the goverment traitor completely took me by surprise. How was a bit obvious, who was a bit puzzling till the 'experiment'.

I thought the ending was too abrupt and didn't really like that but the rest g the book was still awesome enough to get 5 stars. ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
Nathaniel is 17 now, the sweetheart of the government after saving everyone in [b:The Golem's Eye|59263|The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)|Jonathan Stroud|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1441130242s/59263.jpg|57689] and even worse when it comes to believing the goverment's line about the supremacy of magicians and mistreating Bartimaeus.

As you might guess, in much the same way as in [b:The Golem's Eye|59263|The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2)|Jonathan Stroud|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1441130242s/59263.jpg|57689], I didn't really care for Nathaniel. Bartimaeus is still pretty cool, but where this book really shines is seeing what Kitty has gotten up to over the past few years and actually digging into what Ptolemy was like.

The worldbuilding around that is just fascinating, seeing the world as a demon sees it, where they came from and why they have such problems being summoned to Earth. It's a point of view I don't think I've personally read before and it was pretty neat.

On top of that, we get to build a lot more on the idea of summoning creatures and binding them to people, rather than forcing them to create their own forms, a theme which was touched on with Gladstone's bones in the previous book. We get a lot more of that here, which is an interesting idea, especially seeing how it can both be done for good and for evil.

And finally, wow that book got quite a bit darker. Bartimaeus isn't in great shape throughout the book and Nathaniel is often straight out a jerk. There is a lot more violence and then at the end... well. Let's just say I did not expecting quite that sad of an ending from what's ostensibly still a children's book. That's going to raise some discussions if/when my own children read this book.

Overall, it's still a solid conclusion and fits well with the direction the Golem's Eye took the book. I'm glad to have read it. Ready to try something else though. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
An epic finish! ( )
  cwebb | Apr 6, 2021 |
While many series leave the story open-ended or with a distinct possibility of returning characters in subsequent publications, it seems like Stroud is attempting to definitively close this series with the last dramatic scenes in this novel. He neatly wraps up the mystery surrounding the various attempts to bring down the English government and leaves London in a state of relatively glorious upheaval (the commoners have wrested back some of their power), but I feel like his choice to let Nathaniel die for the sake of defeating their powerful supernatural foe was a little bit unnecessary. Of course, we’re left with Bartimaeus and Kitty Jones alive in the end so the possibility of re-centring the story around them is entirely possible, but the abruptness of Nathaniel’s sacrifice seems to be an indication that the story should end where it ends. But of course we get another adventure with Bartimaeus in the prequel novel, so we’re not done quite yet! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
So while I had a hard time with The Golem’s Eye, i FLEW throught Ptolemy’s Gate, I just could not put it down! It was fast paced (but not to fast) cliff hangers in all the right places, more Kitty and Nathaniel was actually a much more interesting character. Also I loved the whole symbolism/whateveryouwanttocallit with John Mandrake/Nathaniel redemption/use of his birth name thing that happened towards the end. And, while i saw it coming…the end was still very sad, but very fitting. ( )
  artdamnit_reads | Jul 29, 2020 |
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Jonathan Stroudprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Grant, MelvynArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Jones, SimonVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Jung, GeraldVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Orgaß, KatharinaÜbersetzerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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