Ptolemy’s Gate (Bartimaeus Trilogy, book 3), by Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is apparently British, story has had these books optioned for movies, and generally writes horror and children’s fantasy. He was born in Bedford, England, and was ill as a child; this contributed to his love for reading and writing. He attended the University of York, and worked for Walker Books as an editor. He lives in England with his wife, Gina, who illustrates children’s books I have reviewed the first two volumes in this trilogy previously: The Amulet of Samarkand and The Golem’s Eye. Other works include one released this month, entitled The Heroes of the Valley.

In Nathaniel and Bartimaeus’s world, there are distinct classes of humans, and distinct classes of non-humans. Humans are generally divided into magicians and commoners; the former rule everything. Magicians can control demons, which are divided into five classes; Bartimaeus is a djinn, which is close to the top of the pecking order. Nathaniel (called John Mandrake) is a magician, and a member of the upper levels of the government. Kitty Jones, on the other hand, is a commoner; she’s been a part of a revolution/resistance that’s gone on for years: the commoners against the magicians. Things have gotten worse, though — now it’s also the demons against the magicians. Can they survive? Continue reading Ptolemy’s Gate (Bartimaeus Trilogy, book 3), by Jonathan Stroud