This is a beautiful hardcover, boxed set. The series is highly entertaining. It stands out from other fantasy works for its witty prose, wandless magicians, and an especially sarcastic djinni by the name of Bartimaeus. Characters are well developed, each with clearly defined narrative style, and unique histories/ambitions. The Bartimaeus Trilogy presents a sort of parallel universe in which magicians rule by summoning greater beings to do their bidding, and commoners are suppressed through lack of education and fear. It is ripe with villains, anti-heroes, and sarcasm, resulting in a grim, action-packed trilogy, that is anything but predictable.
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