"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."
- Claude Adrien Helvetius
19 December 2010
The Ring of Solomon
Bartimaeus is a djinni of sarcastic tongue and annoying conscience. Solomon holds a ring of immense power. To his court has come many magicians, who historically have been more interested in killing one another than coming together, but fear of the ring does bring them together. Together is not how they would like to stay. Through the scheming of on particularly nasty magician, Khaba, Sheba is threatened in Solomon's name. The Queen of Sheba gives to Asmira the task of killing Solomon and getting the ring. Asmira through her devotion to the Queen, sets out in her task. When Asmira and Bartimaeus's lives meet, the story really gets exciting. Will slaves rise against their masters? Will Jerusalem still stand? Will Solomon awake?
This is a great story and a wonderful addition to the Bartimeaus trilogy.
Grade Level: 10 + (I place this one higher, because the author uses footnotes throughout the storyline. It's a great addition to the whole story, but may be harder for younger readers to follow)