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Ptolemy's Gate (Hardcover)

Author:  Jonathan Stroud
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Product Details:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0786818611
ISBN-13: 9780786818617
Sku: 31260669
Publish Date: 2/1/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 6.25L x 1.75T
Pages:  512
Age Range:  14 to 26
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The assassins dropped into the palace grounds at midnight, four fleet shadows dark against the wall. The fall was high, the ground was hard; they made no more sound on impact than the pattering of rain. Three seconds they crouched there, low and motionless, sniffing at the air. (from the first line)
From The Publisher:
Three years have passed since the magician Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly, Britains enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and rebellion is fermenting among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world, and his patience is nearing its end.

Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily completing her research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeuss past. She has a plan that she hopes will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will anyone listen to what she has to say?

In this thrilling conclusion of the Bartimaeus trilogy, the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathaniel, and Kitty are thrown together once more. For the first time, we will learn the secrets of Bartimaeuss past, and get a glimpse into the Other Place -- the world of demons -- as together, the threesome must face treacherous magicians, unravel a masterfully complex conspiracy, and defeat a formidable faction of demons. And worst of all, they must somehow cope with one another....

About The Author:
Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford, England, and grew up in St. Albans. He always had a burning desire to write a full-length work of fiction which he would have wanted to read when he was younger, and so after graduating from York University he embarked on a publishing and writing career in the game book and non-fiction department at Walker Books. He moved to Kingfisher Publications to edit children's nonfiction, and for a time juggled working with writing; but Jonathan is now a full-time writer.

In May 1999, Jonathan burst onto the children's book scene with his first novel, Buried Fire. This powerful and compelling read combines elements of fantasy and mythology in a contemporary setting. It is a pacey story that shows how the dark past lives on and can still have a vice-like hold on the present.

Jonathan's second fantasy adventure, The Leap, was published in January 2001 as part of the new Definitions list. The Leap portrays the devastation of grief and the temptations and dangers of a world within a world as Charlie is devastated by the tragic accident up at the disused Mill Pool involving her best friend, Max. Refusing to believe Max is dead, she embarks on an emotional journey in her dreams. Soon her dream world becomes more important to her than anything else until this fantasy and real life begin to merge and give rise to strange events in the everyday world.

2003 saw the publication of a brand new novel, the first title of The Bartimaeus Trilogy called The Amulet of Samarkand, an enthralling new fantasy trilogy about a wickedly witty and thoroughly irresistible "djinni." Skillfully inventive in plot and structure and vividly atmospheric, The Amulet of Samarkand would mark the beginning of an incredibly successful New York Times best-selling trilogy. In 2004 the follow-up to Amulet, The Golem's Eye, burst onto the scene to rave reviews and left readers eagerly anticipating the conclusion of the magical epic story of Nathaniel, Kitty, and Bartimaeus. Fans will not be disappointed by the third and final book in the series. Ptolemy's Gate is the thrilling conclusion in what is sure to be one of the all-time classic series in young adult fantasy fiction.

Annotation:
Captivating adventure, political intrigue, morality, and uncertain loyalties are the beating heart of the riveting final volume in the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. If they are able to stay alive, Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty could be on the verge of experiencing a revolutionary moment in the history of magic. Nathaniel, once a young, power-hungry magician, is now 17 and the mightily feared Information Minister, fighting to stay in the game and keep the commoners down as a failing war rages across the Atlantic. His smart-talking dinji, Bartimaeus, is in rapid decline due to massive overwork, while Kitty, who survived the golem attack, is secretly learning magic, with a dangerous plan that even seasoned magicians haven't attempted. Bartimaeus's fascinating history is told as the Empire crumbles, alliances shift, and the world of magic is forever transformed. This last book is preceded by THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND and THE GOLEM'S EYE.
Author Bio
Jonathan Stroud
British children's book author Jonathan Stroud is best known for the Bartimaeus Trilogy, a fantasy trio narrated by a snarky djinni in forced into service by a power-hungry teen magician. Before becoming a full-time writer, Stroud was an editor for several years.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"The trilogy wraps up with excitement, adventure and an unexpected wallop of heart and soul...Stroud masterfully weaves together four characters and an unearthly realm of existence in an explosive culmination that reaches back to the first two volumes and infuses them with layers of psychological and moral complexity." 12/15/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Bartimaeus--even in his melancholy mood--steals the show. (It is an unusual novel whose best lines appear in the footnotes, but the djinni's wisecracking asides continue to be well worth the disruption in narrative flow.)" 1/23/2006

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