Thursday, January 25, 2007

48. The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud

ISBN: 0786836547 - Hyperion/Miramax, 2006

The second book of the Bartimaeus Trilogy follows the adventures of ambitous, young magician John Mandrake (born Nathaniel) and his djinni, Bartimaeus. Mandrake now works for the Ministry of the Interior and is charged with investigating the "Resistance" movement. A Golem is running amok in the centre of London. (Golem: In Jewish folklore, an image that comes to life. From the Middle Ages stories were told of wise men who could bring clay effigies to life by means of magic charms or sacred words. Golems began as perfect servants, whose only fault lay in fulfilling their master's commands too literally or mechanically. Later golems were imagined as protectors of the Jews in times of persecution, but also had a frightening aspect. Source: ) When the Resistance raid Gladstone's tomb, they unleash an insane foliot trapped inside the former Prime Minister's skeleton and further destruction ensues.

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