Friday, April 27, 2012

Bartimaeus: Ring of Solomon

"The Ring of Solomon is a prequel to the Bartimaeus Trilogy that came out in 2010 and is definitely worth a read for any real fantasy fan.

Ring of Solomon

For the uninitiated, the Bartimaeus Trilogy is a fantasy series by Jonathan Stroud. The protagonist, Bartimaeus, is a five-thousand-year-old djinni with a mean sense of humour and uncanny wit. The trilogy follows the career of a teenage magician Nathaniel who enslaves Bartimaeus in modern day London where magic and politics go hand in hand.

The Original Trilogy

The prequel, is set in 950 BC in Jerusalem where Bartimaeus serves King Solomon who has the ultimate magical weapon, the Ring of Solomon. (Nothing like the ring in LOTR) and retains the sense of humour of the original trilogy.

The series and the prequel are a must-read just for its brilliant sense of humour. Each chapter also contains some footnotes referred from time to time which are really awesome.

“A dozen more questions occurred to me. Not to mention twenty-two possible solutions to each one, sixteen resulting hypotheses and counter-theorems, eight abstract speculations, a quadrilateral equation, two axioms, and a limerick. That's raw intelligence for you.”
― Jonathan Stroud, Ptolemy's Gate"

Contributed by Rushabh Shah