The cover catches the eye and promises a good read but disappoints in the beginning. The book lacks good pace but Bartimaeus' trademark humor and wickedly funny and cheeky footnotes keep the story rolling and you don't really feel bored. A demon who eats people and can also make you laugh. Funny, right? Stroud has made a decent attempt to recreate the Egyptian splendor of the ancient times and the involvement of imps, foliots, djinns, afrits and marids makes this book well worth a fantasy read. The tag-line of the book 'Everyone wants it, no one must have it' explains itself in the end as the ring is said to draw vast amounts of energy from the person who wears it. People talk about the book as a sequel to the trilogy but as it is set in an earlier period from the busy streets of London that the trilogy consists of, I think it would be better to call it a prequel of sorts. I give it a 4/5, neither more, nor less.
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