Now, if only someone had whispered into my ear that Bartimaeus is funny, I’d have been begging to be introduced a lot sooner. You know how much I like my humour. Don’t you? Anyway, now that Random have the forceful Corinne to twist arms, I’ve found myself reading the most surprising stuff.¹
So, I have been started off with the prequel, after assurances it’s an OK place to begin. And it was.
In a way the djinni Bartimaeus is an awful person. But then he isn’t really a person as such, and he isn’t awful in all respects. He’s funny. He could be Skulduggery’s second cousin. ²
I like him best when he is young and handsome. I like him a little when he’s a moth, and less when a hippo.
This prequel affair is set a long time ago, in the times of good old King Solomon, the one who was wise and who had a powerful ring. That’s why the book is called The Ring of Solomon. There is an interesting heroine as well called Asmira,³ who is in the employ of the Queen of Sheba. She’d fit easily in a James Bond movie, but she’s fine with old Solomon, too.
Asmira is to steal the ring and kill Solomon, and she cons the almost un-connable Bartimaeus to help her.
Lots of fun, and quite a bit of exciting adventure, too.⁴
¹ But do keep in mind I only have so much time. No more. In fact, sometimes I don’t even have that much.
² Both old and slightly dead, or at least not alive in the conventional sense.
³ I take it there is no one here who will use the fact that I’m giving away people’s real names for any unpleasant magic, is there?
⁴ I did find the footnotes tedious from a practical point of view. Incredibly witty, but they made the flow of reading a bit, well, un-flowey.