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La tetralogia di Bartimeus

La tetralogia di Bartimeus

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Salani
ISBN: 8869185850
Pages: 1550
Year: 2015-10-08T00:00:00+02:00
LA RACCOLTA COMPLETA DEI CAPOLAVORI DI UN MAESTRO DELLA FANTASY MONDIALE. Il volume comprende: L’Anello di Salomone, L'amuleto di Samarcanda, L'occhio del Golem e La porta di Tolomeo. Ambientato in un universo parallelo al nostro la magia è conosciuta e i maghi reggono il governo delle società umane. «Adoro Jonathan Stroud, la saga di Bartimeus è eccezionale». Licia Troisi, La Stampa «In un avvicendarsi sfrenato di emozioni, sostenuto da un ritmo denso di suspense, Stroud insegue il tema del fascino avvinghiante e morboso del potere e del coraggio di sfidarlo». La Repubblica «Una combinazione emozionante di magia, avventura e deliziosi toni di commedia, come nessuno scrittore per ragazzi riusciva a realizzare dai tempi de I viaggi di Gulliver... Stroud immagina un mondo tenebroso ricco di sfumature barocche e vivido di dettagli». The Times «Una narrazione coinvolgente e irresistibile, carica di drammaticità e umorismo». Independent
L'amuleto di Samarcanda

L'amuleto di Samarcanda

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Salani
ISBN: 8862563787
Pages: 451
Year: 2010-12-31T00:00:00+01:00
Il millenario jinn Bartimeus, antichissimo, potente, pigro e beffardo, viene improvvisamente strappato dal confortevole mondo degli spiriti ed evocato a Londra, destinato a una missione oscura e incredibilmente rischiosa: rubare l’arcano amuleto di Samarcanda a Simon Lovelace, mago senza scrupoli e membro del Parlamento. Niente di strano: gli umani convocano continuamente gli spiriti per obbligarli a servirli. Ma stavolta il mago evocatore è un ragazzetto di dodici anni, che non sembra affatto in grado di governare il subdolo genio... Jonathan Stroud crea una Londra alternativa (ma solo in apparenza): atmosfere dickensiane e personaggi da mille e una notte, lotte intestine, intrighi e brame, prima tra tutte quella per il potere, esercitato dai maghi sui cittadini comuni. Ma è un potere illusorio, perché le forze soprannaturali che lo possiedono non vedono l’ora di ribellarsi a chi le ha assoggettate, geniale metafora delle umane ambizioni. Ricercato, ricco di suspense, sapientemente costruito e divertentissimo, L’Amuleto di Samarcanda sovverte le regole con ironia, presentandoci un mondo magico ‘al negativo’, dove gli umani – spesso meschini, invidiosi e senza scrupoli – sono contrapposti agli spiriti ben più potenti, ingegnosi e astuti di loro. E su tutti trionfa l’arguto, saccente, permalosissimo Bartimeus, irresistibile protagonista di questo vero capolavoro della fantasy.
L'occhio del Golem

L'occhio del Golem

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Salani
ISBN: 8862563809
Pages: 560
Year: 2010-12-31T00:00:00+01:00
Sono passati quasi tre anni dalla vicenda dell'Amuleto di Samarcanda, e Nathaniel si è confermato il mago più giovane e intraprendente di tutto il Ministero. Niente di strano, quindi, che venga convocato per risolvere un mistero inquietante: una specie mostro, enorme, invisibile, circondato di oscurità, getta Londra nel panico e fa strage di cose e persone. Il primo ministro è convinto che sia colpa della Resistenza, un gruppo di londinesi privi di poteri magici che si oppone alla classe dominante dei maghi; ma le indagini di Nathaniel si rivelano infruttuose, come i tentativi di infiltrarsi nel gruppo. Messo alle strette, circondato dall'invidia e dall'odio degli altri membri del Parlamento, Nathaniel deve andare a Praga alla ricerca del colpevole, ed evoca il jinn Bartimeus che già l'aveva aiutato tre anni prima. Ma stavolta Bartimeus non è affatto d'accordo... Un romanzo ricco di suspense e sapientemente costruito sul fascino del potere e sul coraggio di sfidarlo, ambientato nelle cupe atmosfere di una Londra sinistra e demoniaca; una miscela perfetta di magia, avventura e complotto, con un protagonista irresistibile: il jinn Bartimeus, potente, ingegnoso e astuto, e soprattutto esilarante. Il secondo, attesissimo capitolo di un capolavoro della fantasy.
Heroes of the Valley

Heroes of the Valley

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0552557935
Pages: 389
Year: 2010
Listen then, and I'll tell you again of the Battle of the Rock. But none of your usual wriggling, or I'll stop before I've begun . . . Halli loves the old stories from when the valley was a wild and dangerous place - when the twelve legendary heroes stood together to defeat the ancient enemy, the bloodthirsty Trows. Halli longs for adventure but these days the most dangerous thing in the valley is boredom. He tries to liven things up by playing practical jokes. But when one of his jokes goes too far, he reawakens an old blood feud and finds himself on a hero's quest after all. Along the way he meets a ruthless thief, a murderous rival, and a girl who may just be as fearless as he is . . . Jonathan Stroud has created an epic saga with a funny, unique spin, and an unforgettable anti-hero.
Buried Fire

Buried Fire

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407048716
Pages: 304
Year: 2010-02-23
Two brothers, Michael and Stephen MacIntyre, together with their sister Sarah and the local vicar Tom Aubrey, uncover a deadly secret buried near their village. But time is short: can they prevent the awakening of an ancient evil before its powers corrupt them for ever?
L'anello di Salomone

L'anello di Salomone

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Salani
ISBN: 8862566174
Pages: 409
Year: 2011-04-07T00:00:00+02:00
Re Salomone ha tredici maghi e un'infinità di demoni ai loro ordini. Fra questi c'è Bartimeus, incaricato di scovare inestimabili tesori. Nel frattempo, la Regina di Saba invia a Gerusalemme una giovane guerriera con una doppia missione: uccidere il re e impadronirsi dell'anello magico, l'amuleto più potente di tutti, perché chi lo possiede puň distruggere un intero mondo solo con il pensiero. Ecco allora dispiegarsi biechi intrighi e spettacolari battaglie, mirabolanti trasformazioni, continue sorprese e un'incredibile caccia al tesoro
The Amulet Of Samarkand

The Amulet Of Samarkand

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Turtleback
ISBN: 0606328130
Pages: 462
Year: 2004-06-01
Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
La porta di Tolomeo

La porta di Tolomeo

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Salani
ISBN: 8862563825
Pages: 506
Year: 2010-12-31T00:00:00+01:00
Tre anni dopo gli eventi narrati nell'Occhio del golem, il potere dei maghi di Londra vacilla: scoppiano disordini, i cittadini si ribellano, gli spiriti si danno battaglia nelle strade. John Mandrake, divenuto ministro dellInformazione, è al culmine della notorietà e del potere; ma non può più contare sull'aiuto di Bartimeus, il jinn che sin dall'inizio è stato al suo fianco, perché la lunga permanenza sulla Terra lo ha indebolito quasi mortalmente. Eppure Mandrake si rifiuta di lasciarlo andare: per paura che altri si servano di lui, o forse perché Bartimeus è l'unico legame con la propria infanzia, quando John era ancora Nathaniel. Ma il giovane e ambizioso ministro sta per pagare cara la sua strategia: qualcuno infatti evoca Bartimeus per coinvolgerlo in un pericolosissimo piano che vedrà spiriti e umani uniti contro il potere dei maghi In questo spettacolare ultimo atto della trilogia di Jonathan Stroud niente viene lasciato al caso: come le tessere di un mosaico, ogni elemento, ogni accenno, ogni trama trovano significato e conclusione. I destini di Nathaniel, Kitty e Bartimeus si intrecciano in un finale mozzafiato, epico e commovente, dove la magia usata dal potere per conservare se stesso si ritorcerà contro la casta dominante e l'unica scelta possibile sarà rinunciarvi a favore di una forma di magia ben più alta e difficile: la democrazia.
The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel

The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
ISBN: 1423149564
Pages: 416
Year: 2012-01-24
Bartimaeus, everyone's favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series, now available in paperback. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now fans can go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950 BCE. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He'll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into just a "spot" of trouble with King Solomon's magic ring....
Ptolemy's Gate

Ptolemy's Gate

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446480321
Pages: 528
Year: 2011-07-29
The tremendous climax of the Bartimaeus sequence. Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisers, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is with an alliance between djinn and ordinary people. Kitty seeks out Bartimaeus and embarks on a terrifying journey into the djinn's chaotic domain – the Other Place – which no human being has ever survived. But even as she does so, Makepeace engineers a dramatic coup d'etat. The outcome is a shattering of the magicians' control and all magical laws are turned upside down. Can Bartimaeus, Nathaniel and Kitty settle old scores to prevent the earth's destruction?
The Fire Chronicle

The Fire Chronicle

Author: John Stephens
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375899561
Pages: 448
Year: 2012-10-09
After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is. The children are soon discovered by their enemies, and a frantic chase sends Kate a hundred years into the past, to a perilous, enchanted New York City. Searching for a way back to her brother and sister, she meets a mysterious boy whose fate is intricately—and dangerously—tied to her own. Meanwhile, Michael and Emma have set off to find the second of the Books of Beginning. A series of clues leads them into a hidden world where they must brave harsh polar storms, track down an ancient order of warriors, and confront terrible monsters. Will Michael and Emma find the legendary book of fire—and master its powers—before Kate is lost to them forever? Exciting, suspenseful, and brimming with humor and heart, the next installment of the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy will lead Kate, Michael, and Emma closer to their family—and to the magic that could save, or destroy, them all.
The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy

Author: Terry Brooks
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0307807959
Pages: 1248
Year: 2011-10-19
The New York Times bestselling author of the classic Shannara epic, Terry Brooks, has proven himself one of the modern masters of fantasy, brilliantly creating breathtaking worlds of magic, adventure, and intrigue. Now, for the first time in one marvelous collector’s edition hardcover, here’s the complete trilogy of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr. In these enchanting novels, a colorful contingent of characters takes to the skies aboard a magnificent airship–the Jerle Shannara–on a quest fraught with wonder and danger. Ilse Witch A half-drowned elf carries a map covered with cryptic symbols–and Walker Boh, the last of the Druids, has the skill to decipher them. But someone else understands the map’s significance: the ruthless Ilse Witch, who will stop at nothing to possess it–and the powerful magic it leads to. Antrax While in search of the elusive magic, Walker Boh is lured into a trap–caught in a dark maze beneath a ruined city, stalked by a hungry, unseen enemy. It is Antrax: a spirit that feeds off enchantment and traps the souls of men. Now the fate of the Four Lands hangs in the balance. Morgawr The intrepid heroes aboard the Jerle Shannara have reached their breaking point. A centuries-old sorcerer, the Morgawr, vows to find and control the fabled ancient books of magic–and he is an adversary of awesome might with a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command. In The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Terry Brooks weaves together high adventure, vividly wrought characters, and a spellbinding world into an irresistible story of heroism and sacrifice, love and honor. From the Hardcover edition.
The Sorcerer's Daughter

The Sorcerer's Daughter

Author: Terry Brooks
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345540832
Pages: 352
Year: 2016-05-24
The world of Shannara is brimming with untold stories and unexplored territory. Now bestselling author Terry Brooks breaks new ground with a standalone adventure that’s sure to thrill veteran readers and recent converts alike. The mysterious, magic-wielding Druid order has existed for long ages, battling any evil that threatens the Four Lands—and struggling to be understood and accepted by outsiders. But their hopes of building goodwill are dashed when a demon’s murderous rampage at a peace summit leaves their political opponents dead—casting new suspicions upon the Druids and forcing them to flee from enemies both mortal and monstrous. Paxon Leah, the order’s appointed protector, knows that blame lies with Arcannen Rai, the vile sorcerer he has battled and defeated before. But there’s no time to hunt his nemesis, if he is to lead the wrongfully accused Druids to their sanctuary. It is a quest fraught with danger, as a furious government agent and his army snap at their heels, and lethal predators stalk them in the depths of the untamed wilderness. But Arcannen is playing a deeper game than Paxon realizes. Paxon’s sister possesses a powerful magic that the sorcerer longs to control—but Arcannen has not reckoned with the determination of his own estranged daughter, Leofur, who is also Paxon’s devoted lifemate. Leofur sets out on a perilous quest to thwart her father’s desires—while the vengeful Arcannen conjures his blackest magical skills, determined to destroy them all . . . and claim the most powerful of magics for his own.
The Last Gospel

The Last Gospel

Author: David Gibbins
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755375211
Pages: 576
Year: 2010-03-04
Jack Howard is about to discover a secret. Perhaps the greatest secret ever kept. What if one of the Ancient World's greatest libraries was buried in volcanic ash and then re-discovered two thousand years later? What if what was found there was a document that could shatter the very foundations of the Western World? What if you were the one who discovered this secret? And were then forced to confront terrifying enemies determined to destroy you to ensure it goes no further? This is the story of one last Gospel, left behind in the age of the New Testament, in the greatest days of the Roman Empire, and of its extraordinary secret, one that has lain concealed for years. Follow Jack Howard as he discovers the secret and must prevent others from doing the same...
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Disney Electronic Content
ISBN: 1423187903
Pages: 400
Year: 2013-09-17
A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren''t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall''s legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day? Readers who enjoyed the action, suspense, and humor in Jonathan Stroud''s internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books will be delighted to find the same ingredients, combined with deliciously creepy scares, in his thrilling and chilling Lockwood & Co. series.