My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this first book of the trilogy. I like how Jonathan Stroud alternated viewpoints from Nathaniel to Bartimaeus in the chapters it adds a unique perspective to the book. I like how he introduces the magical realm to the real world and how magical users control the world behind the scenes. When Nathaniel conjures the Djinn Bartimaeus to get revenge, his world spins out of control. An excellent read that keeps you pulled into this unique world of magic.