The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

334123[1]This book is about a young English boy who lives with this horrible family. You see, he finds out he is a wizard and he is taken away to train. Maybe you have heard of the series this is part of…

Yes, there are some similarities with Harry Potter. But this boy’s name is Nathaniel. There are no muggles and wizards who hide from them. Everyone knows there are wizards. There are the ones in charge of the country. Wizards are in Parliment and they are the rich and powerful.

Like Harry Potter, Nathaniel has to stop a plot by a group of evil wizards who are planning a horrible crime. But he can’t do it by himself. You see, wizards have no power by themselves. They are masters at trapping demons and bidding them to do their will. He decides to call up a midlevel demon named Bartameus.

And then this becomes Bartameus’ story more than Nathaniel’s. This sarcastic and sneaky demon is totally full of himself. And I hate to admit it, but he is a lot more fun than Harry Potter (at times).

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