By Jonathan Stroud
3 years after the occasions of The Golem's Eye, the younger magician Nathaniel is a longtime member of the British executive. yet he faces exceptional difficulties: overseas wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting assaults with reference to London. more and more distracted, he's treating Bartimaeus worse than ever: the long-suffering djinni is starting to be susceptible from an excessive amount of time during this international, and his endurance is at an finish. in the meantime, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily finishing her examine into magic and Bartimaeus' earlier. She hopes to damage the never-ending cycle of clash among djinn and people -- yet will she have the capacity to get someone to hear? sooner than any of those difficulties will be resolved, catastrophe moves London from an unforeseen resource and the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathanial, and Kitty are thrown jointly once again. they must face treacherous magicians, a long-fermented conspiracy, and an enemy from 'The different position' that threatens London and the realm. Worst of all, they need to by some means do something about one another . . . Bartimaeus lovers might be entranced by way of Stroud's brilliantly conceived finale to the sequence -- bound to be an immense most sensible vendor.
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From a vantage point aloft I looked about. There, standing in the center of the room, talking avidly with two others, was Jenkins. The fly flitted closer among the shadows, checking the planes. None of the men had active magical defenses, though the stench of incense clung to their clothes and their skin had the pallor of the typical working magician. They were a shabby trio to be sure—like Jenkins, the others wore suits too big and too good for them; their shoes were pointed, their shoulder pads a little high.
The magicians fell; new ones appeared elsewhere and began the process once more. So it went on: an endless cycle of strife. The question was—could it be broken? A horn blared; with a jerk, the bus came to a sudden stop. Kitty lurched back into her seat and craned her neck against the window in an effort to see the cause. From somewhere beyond the front of the bus a young man came flailing through the air. He landed heavily on the pavement, lay there an instant, and began to rise. Two Night Police, gray-uniformed, shiny of boot and cap, hurried into view.
Mortensen gave a report of the latest news from America, brought by djinn across the ocean. It was sour fare: deadlock in the wilderness, minor skirmishes, nothing decisive gained. It had been so for weeks. John Mandrake barely listened. The account was predictable and depressing; it only increased the frustration that boiled within him. Everything was out of control—the war, the commoners, the situation across the Empire. Something decisive needed to be done, and soon, if the nation was to be saved.
Bartimaeus Trilogy 03, Ptolemys Gate by Jonathan Stroud