From the book jacket:
Three years have passed since the magician
Nathaniel helped prevent a cataclysmic attack on London. Now an established
member of the British Government, he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars
are going badly, Britains enemies are mounting attacks close to London, and
rebellion is fermenting among the commoners. Increasingly imperious and
distracted, Nathaniel is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever. The long-suffering
djinni is growing weak and vulnerable from too much time in this world, and his
patience is nearing its end.
Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily completing her
research on magic, demons, and Bartimaeuss past. She has a plan that she hopes
will break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans. But will
anyone listen to what she has to say?
Beyond the Book
was born in Bedford, England and grew up in St Albans. For many years he
had a burning desire to write a full-length work of fiction which he would have
wanted to read when he was younger. After graduating from York University
he embarked on a publishing and writing career in the game book and non-fiction
department at Walker Books. He moved to Kingfisher Publications to edit
children's non-fiction, and for a time juggled working with writing; but
is now a full-time writer.
He got the idea for the Bartimaeus Trilogy during a 20-minute walk home in the
rain. As he trudged along it occurred to him that most fantasies feature
heroic wizards battling against evil and he wondered whether it would be
interesting to turn this upside-down...