Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud [Review]

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 advisors, 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 for 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’état.

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?

— Publisher’s Blurb

Oh, Bartimaeus, how I needed you.

I was having a bit of a rubbish, stressful week at work, when I listened to this one, and the djinn’s particular brand of dry with and sarcasm, was just what I needed. (Especially the scene where Kitty summon’s Bartimaeus! His reaction is priceless, as is their conversation afterwards.)

This was a brilliant ending to the series, the trio of Nathaniel, Kitty and Bartimaeus make a fantastic team, and watching them slowly start to trust (and care for (although don’t mention it in their hearing!)) each other and work together is a lot of fun. The big question is, will they allow themselves to understand this before it is too late?…

I can’t believe I’ve not picked up this series before, it’s been an absolute joy. And if you get the chance do listen to Steven Pacey’s audiobook adaption, I can’t recommend it enough. Some of my favourite audiobook experiences ever.

Review: Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud from The Book Depository

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