If you like “Bartimaeus Sequence” by Jonathan Stroud, then you might enjoy…

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Bartimaeus Sequence is a splendid series. And if you love it as much as I do, then you will love some of the following Books, Movies and Animes.

Britain is ruled by powerful magicians, and Nathaniel, a young boy, is sold to the government by his birth parents. Nathaniel is told his is the “ultimate sacrifice” for a “noble destiny” as he is sent to live as an apprentice to Arthur Underwood, a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician. Nathaniel hones his magic skills to be able to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to take revenge on ruthless magician Simon Lovelace who publicly humiliated him. He plans to do this by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Lovelace. Nathaniel is plunged into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine.

Book

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Eragon, a fifteen year old farm boy, finds a polished blue stone in the forest. He thinks it is just a lucky discovery that might buy is family meat for the winter. But it`s no stone, it’s an egg, and when a dragon hatches from it his life is changed forever. Eragon is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and evil beings. Can Eragon take up become one of the legendary Dragon Riders and save the Empire?

Eragon, and the rest of the The Inheritance Cycle, is ok books, but not more than that. They are worth reading, but only if you do not have anything better at hand.

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Lyra Belacqua is an orphan living in the precincts of Oxford University. Her world in snot like ours, Lyra and the rest of her companions all have a personal daemon. This daemon is the personification of their sole in an animal form. Her peaceful life is changed when Lord Asriel, her uncle, arrives with strange and dangerous tidings from the far north. He also has photographs of a mysterious phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the northern lights that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. Lyra is left in the care of Mrs. Coulter a mysterious scholar and explorer. Lyra learns that many children disappears, and when her friend Roger is kidnapped she sets out to find him. Her search leads her to the top of the world where she learns that the missing children and their daemons are used in horrific experiments.

I remember liking this trilogy quite well. Its a good children and young adult book. I think I would still like it if I were to read it again now as a regular adult.

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Two neighbouring countries are divided by a wall, Ancelstierre to the south and the Old Kingdom to the north. Ancelstierre has a technology level and society similar to that of early 20th century England. The Old Kingdom has a more medieval technological level, but they do have both Free magic and Charter Magic. This last titbit is officially denied by the government of Ancelstierre and disbelieved by most of their inhabitants.

Sabriel is in her last year at Wyverley College, a private school in Ancelstierre that lies close to the wall to the Old Kingdom. An undead creature enters their dormitory. Sabriel notices it is attempting to communicate, it’s a messenger from her father, the Abhorsen, who is past the Seventh Gate of Death. He tells her that she is to take on the role of Abhorsen and defeat Kerrigor, a powerful necromancer, who is attempting to make his way back into Life. The undead messenger gives her the Abhorsen’s bandoliers of bells, the Abhorsen’s sword and a map of the Old Kingdom. Sabriel leaves Wyverley College and travel into the mythical land of the Old kingdom.

Sabriel is a really great book and the rest of the Abhorsen books are just as good.

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Kara Gillian is a detective and a summoner of daemons. During a routine summoning where she wanted to use her skill to track down a serial killer she accidentally summoned Rhyzkahl, and angelic human looking creature. What is this powerful undaemon looking creature and can she stop the serial killer?

Mark of the Demon is the first book in the Kara Gillian series. It is a really great book, just as the rest of them.

Both series have daemon summoning in them.

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Atticus O’Sullivan is the last of the Druids and runs an occult bookshop in Arizona. He is a handsome, tattooed Irish dude that looks like he is in his early twenties but he is actuality over twenty centuries old. Atticus is shape shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. He is giving the dog the same life extending potions that he take himself, so his dog is way older than the average seven years a wolfhound gets. When they are not hunting they watch movies and have witty conversations together. Atticus draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach that can cut whatever it hits. In this first book a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. He has finally tracked Atticus down. How is Atticus going to handle a good?

This is the start of an exiting page-turning series where you often laugh out loud from all the witty commentaries. This series is absolutely recommended.

Both The Iron Druid and Bartimaeus has witty character dialogues.

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Harry Dresden, a Chicago bound professional wizard, and the only one with an ad in the yellow pages. Business is sadly dreadful, so he jumps on it when the local police bring him in as a consultant on a strange double murder.

The Dresden Files is a must read for anyone with the slightest interest in this gangrene.

Both The Dresden Files and Bartimaeus has witty and sarcastic character dialogues.

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Harry lives a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl, a letter with an invitation to Hogwart, an infamous school for witches and wizards.

This is the first book of a finished seven book series about Harry Potter, the boy who lived. To be honest, I am not a fan of the two first books in this series, but the rest of them are absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended.

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The earth’s government agencies started to breed child geniuses to train as soldiers in order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack. The brilliant young boy Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader among his peers and respected in the Battle Room, where they play at mock battles in zero gravity. Will Ender become the great general Earth needs to survive?

Do not judge a book by its authors personal views. This is an excellent book, and you should not forego it because of Orson Scott Card stupid personal views.

Ender and Bartimaeus are both highly intelligent and has a sharp tongue.

Movie

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Tony Stark, a play boy and a genius, is captured and wounded while he is in Afghanistan to demonstrate a new weapon released by his company. While in captivity he develops a first edition armoured suit and a new power source. Back home he perfects his power source and creates a new and improved armoured suit. He becomes Iron Man.

This is an excellent movie. Iron Man is one of my favourite super heroes and Robert Downey Jr. really makes him shine. This is one of the must watch super hero movies.

There is something about Tony Stark and Bartimaeus that are similar. It’s in their dialogue and their behaviour.

Anime

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The Magdalene Order is an organization that tries to counter evil daemonic forces. Two of its exorcist are Rosette Christopher a sister of the order and her assistant, Chrono, a friendly daemon. They are in a quest to find Rosette’s missing brother, Joshua. Their relationships, secrets and fates can only be revealed in time…

It’s a while since I watched this anime, but I remember it as good. Absolutely worth watching.

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Daemons from the realm of Gehenna is intruding into the human realm of Assiah. Among the human race, there are Exorcists who can exorcise demons that are crossing the realms. Rin Okumura and his twin brother Yukio have been raised by the priest Shiro Fujimoto and it comes as a shock on Rin when he discovers that their biological father is actually Satan him self. Rin vows to become the ultimate exorcist and defeat his own father. To do this he enters True Cross Academy to train with other exorcist candidates so high can be powerful enough to have a hope of completing his goal.

I did like Ao no Exorcist, it was very good. I might be watching it again soon.

What do you think, are they similar to The Amulet of Samarkand? Anything else you think should be on this list?