Review: Ptolemy’s Gate

The Bartimaeus trilogy: Ptolemy’s Gate

By Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus trilogy Ptolemy's GatePtolemy’s Gate is the third of the Bartimaus trilogy and while it gives the trilogy a pretty fitting end, it was far from the best of the bunch.  Unlike the first two books, the role of the Djinni Bartimaeus was significantly reduced.  At least the sections of the book that were from his point of view were reduced.  His role in the story was just as much as before.  The addition of Kitty’s point of view in this book split the story into three different points of view.

I also must admit that I was a little dissapointed with the ending as well.  I won’t spoil it for you, but it certainly isn’t the rosy ending that you expect throughout the middle of the book.  Jonathan Stroud does a great job of furthering the plot of the trilogy and the general character lines.

Overall, the great writing and story were extended through the book and I wasn’t all that dissapointed with the book.  And obviously, it needed to be read once you’ve read the first two books.  I certainly would recommend the trilogy as a whole.

You can read the rest of my reviews on my Recommended reading page.

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  1. I have to agree, the series really started strong and kind of slid towards the end. I’m currently revisiting the Wheel of Time series in audiobook format during my half hour each way commute. I’m currently on book 6 and hoping the author manages to finish the series as he currently has a rare disease that has no direct cure.