Ring of Solomon
By Jonathan Stroud
Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010. 398 pgs. Young Adult Fiction
When Jonathan Stroud concluded his ‘Bartimaeus Trilogy’ in 2006, a great character was laid to rest. But, Bartimaeus lives again! “The Ring of Solomon” is a prequel to the trilogy and the snarky demon returns with tales of magic and mayhem. This story takes place in the days of the great King Solomon. Bartimaeus has been enslaved by a vicious wizard working for the wise monarch. As should be expected, Bartimaeus is unhappy with the arrangement and consistently does his best to undermine and sabotage his master’s will.
I was so excited for the release of this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Bartimaeus’s new adventures give him ample opportunity to entertain readers with his daring deeds and demonic opinions. This young adult title can be easily be enjoyed without the reader having read the previously published trilogy. Great fun for all ages.