This book is the first in the Bartimaeus Trilogy.
When young Magician Nathaniel summons a powerful djinni to exact revenge on his sceptical master, Mr Underwood, and a loathsome magician, Simon Lovelace, he gets more than he bargains for. Nathaniel orders the djinni, Bartimaeus, to steal The Amulet Of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, against whom he has a grudge since Simon publicly disgraced Nathaniel. However, after getting Bartimaeus to hide the Amulet in his Master’s study, he suddenly realises what danger he has put them all in. Nathaniel doesn’t care about his master: Mr Underwood is a second-rate magician who believes Nathaniel is stupid and has no potential- but Nathaniel finds out he has put the only person who cares for him in the whole world, Mrs Underwood, in trouble.
The seriousness of this book is made light by the partial narration by Bartimaeus himself- he writes witty footnotes explaining all things magical and mystical. This adventurous story is very gripping… I’m already looking out for the second in the series, The Golem’s Eye