In this instance magic is spells, potions and artifacts in a modern day London where magicians are in charge - in public life, in industry and the arts, and in the government. Nathaniel is a precocious young trainee magician who calls a demon to help him get revenge on a senior magician who has humiliated him. Bartimaeus, the ancient demon, proves to be an irreverent and unruly servant.
This, their first adventure together, is to disgrace the said senior magician by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand he has hidden away for treasonable purposes. ..read more