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Bartimaeus 12:01 PM - Oct 12, 2006
I finished reading Jonathan Stroud's "Bartimaeus" trilogy of young adult books. The series involves an England that is run by a ruling class of sorcerers who conjour demons in oreder to rule and conquer the lower classes. I did really enjoy the writing of the Bartimaeus character, who is the main demon character. He is written as a braggart, a coward, and a liar. However, since his passages are all in first-person, he describes himself as powerful, fearless, and a bastion of honesty. The Author did a good job of letting the characters actions reveal that he is lying through his non-corporeal teeth.
The rest of the book was ok, but the ending seemed like a cop-out. There was all too much demon summoning for my tastes. If demon summoning doesn't grate against you like nails on a chalkboard (as it does me), then this might be a fun set of books to read.