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Questions tagged [bartimaeus]

For questions about the Bartimaeus Sequence, a trilogy (and companion novel) by Jonathan Stroud.

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Why are more ancient magicians stronger?

In the Bartimaeus series, it seems that the quality of magic has declined. For instance, Khaba, in ancient Israel, could control a marid and several other spirits, the former of which alone modern-...
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Is there any connection between the Bartimaeus trilogy and Lockwood and Co.?

The Bartimaeus trilogy and Lockwood and Co. are both written by Jonathan Stroud. They have some distinct thematic similarities and similar elements. There are spirits in both, although they are ...
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Which spells of Nathaniel would the amulet of Samarkand not protect Bartimaeus from?

I just started reading the Bartimaeus sequence and I am probably overlooking important stuff. But I wonder: why Bartimaeus doesn't return to retrieve the Amulet of Samarkand, so as to shield ...
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Can only higher level spiritis turn invisible?

In the Amulet of Samarkand, Underwood says that more powerful spirits can turn invisible then summons an invisible spirit. Underwood is weak though and likely can only summon up to a mid-level djinn ...
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Why do djinn bother looking at planes other than the seventh?

Bartimaeus and other djinn often check through the planes for approaching danger and magic. All magic and illusions seem to be visible on the seventh plane as well as a slight ability to sense danger ...
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How old are the human protagonists of the Bartimaeus series?

Bartimaeus himself, of course, has a several-thousand-year-long history of service to magicians on Earth, and an indefinite period spent in the Other Place before that. But what about the other two ...
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Why does Bartimaeus return Solomon's ring?

At the end of Ring of Solomon Bartimaeus purposefully disobeys (or misobeys) Asmira and returns the Ring to Solomon. Why? He claims it is because he doesn't think that they should: Lose the Ring ...
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What is the ranking order of resilience?

Many 'commoners' throughout the Bartimaeus Sequence have some level of resilience. I think the Mercenary is the strongest as he shrugs of multiple attacks by Bartimaeus and lesser spirits. But after ...
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Why did Bartimaeus try to fool Uraziel?

In The Ring of Solomon, Bartimaeus puts on the titular artifact and summons the Spirit of the Ring, Uraziel. Fearing how the Spirit might react to seeing someone other than Solomon wearing the Ring, ...
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How many of Bartimaeus' anecdotes and name drops are accurate?

Bartimaeus often boasts about his previous epic feats. Ran with buffalo fathers, rebuilt walls of Karnak, Prague et cetera. How many of these boasts do we have evidence for?
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When are the Bartimaeus books set?

Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy, consisting of The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate, is set in a version of our world (mainly London, with some scenes in Prague and the ...
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Within the Bartimaeus Trilogy, are the magicians capable of doing supernatural feats without the help of the spirits they summon?

In a preface I guess you could call it. It was in Ring of Solomon and it was stated that magicians had no powers of their own except to call and restrain spirits. But numerous examples are given ...