Rated of 5
by Irene Chan
(A) Stunning end to an equally stunning book
Gosh! Where do I start. Its hard to write without giving the story away. What happens to Kitty towards the end was totally unexpected. Stroud uses a lot of foreshadowing, but I was so sidetracked by the witty endnotes that I didn't think so much of them.
Adults shouldn't be put off just because this book is only categorized under Young Adult (it's only because of the straight-forward style of writing used). The build-up towards the resolution was brilliant! The change in Nathaniel at the end was so touching. I emphathise with Bartimaeus at the end for he was helpless. He had to watch history repeating itself. With Ptolemy it was the same case. I was in tears as I shut the book. However, I won't be keeping my fingers crossed, hoping for a sequel because the last few lines sounded very final.
As with other good books that I've read such as, "The Earthsea Quartet" by Ursula le Guin and "The Abhorsen Trilogy" by Garth Nix, one can only hope that there'll be more great books like these published soon.