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Ptolemy's Gate Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Ptolemy's Gate

There are three characters in this book. A commoner (no magical powers), Kitty Jones, a magician: John Mandrake, and a slave spirit, Bartimaeus.

Nathaniel and Bartimaeus, enemies to the end, must work together to defeat group of people who have cropped up to bring down the British government and to keep Nathanie'ls posistion among the great magicians free from opposing ministers.

Evil spirits spread across London. Nathaniel is the only one who may defeat them. For this, he needs Williams Gladstones magical staff of Power, which no magician save Gladstone himself can wield, or has dared to try, due to its amazing capabilites. With this, Nathaniel can save the world. Hopefully.
This report prepared by Steven Scott








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   magical being Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells

Setting

Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   empty, or nearly empty world Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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