Review: Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud


Ptolemy’s Gate is the third book in the Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud and the last book of the Bartimaeus trilogy.


London’s magical reign is under threat from the commoners who are being born with strange powers of magical perception and resilience. Nathaniel finds himself right in the middle of it, and he’s not happy. You know who else isn’t happy? Bartimaeus. For two long years he’s been forced to stay on earth to serve Nathaniel, who in his mind has now really become John Mandrake, and he’s getting weaker and weaker. And when Kitty, former resistance member, suddenly summons him to ask questions about magic, resilience and (how dare she!) Ptolemy, Bartimaeus feels that things are spiralling out of control.


This book ends the trilogy on both a hopeful and sad note. I certainly wasn’t expecting the ending though the implications of them were clear to me. This book delves deeper into the history of Bartimaeus and his bond with Ptolemy. It’s made clear that Ptolemy’s the only magician Bartimaeus ever really liked and trusted and he had to earn that. It gives a better insight into the psyche of Bartimaeus and why he has taken a liking to Kitty. And why – at first – he had thought of Nathaniel fondly. Though that feeling has gone since he’s been exploited for the last few years.

The book also goes into the bond between magicians, demons and resilience. Which Kitty is very interested in. London is still being ruled by magicians, but its power is slowly seeping away. Rebellion is not an uncommon thing any more and more and more children are being born with the ability to see demons and magic. Things are not looking well for the magicians.

Near the end of the book, Nathaniel is slowly reverting back to the child he once was and is shedding his invented personality. He’s sick and tired of the way things are done. He finds his courage again and his nobility. And in the end, he does something that will forever live in the hearts and minds of both Kitty and Bartimaeus.




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