The Ring of Solomon

by Jonathan Stroud (Author)

Book Cover for The Ring of Solomon

Companion book
Pages: 398

It is 950 B.C.E., and King Solomon rules Jerusalem with a steely hand; a hand on which gleams a magic ring of immense and unforgiving power. Solomon has just begun work on his marvelous temple, charging Khaba, a formidable magician in his royal court, to oversee its construction. The workforce is an ill-behaved bunch of demons, a particularly unruly djinni named Bartimaeus among them. True to form, Bartimaeus promptly gets kicked off the temple project and assigned the even more miserable task of hunting bandits in the desert. There he crosses paths with Asmira, a highly skilled and loyal captain of the Queen of Sheba’s guard, on a suicidal mission to save her country from Solomon’s imminent attack. Of course, Bartimaeus has no intention of helping her. That is, until Asmira makes him an offer he cannot refuse . . .

A spellbinding prequel to Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Sequence, The Ring of Solomon brims with dazzling wit, unforgettable characters, and powerful themes of freedom and slavery, with or without magical bonds.

Recognition: Costa Book Award Shortlist (2010); Los Angeles Times Book Prize Shortlist (2010); School Library Journal Battle of the Books Winner (2011); Prix Millepages Winner (2011)

Bartimaeus Sequence Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Bartimaeus Sequence
Reading level: 10+
Books in series: 4
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: fantasy  magic  myth & legend  historical  comedy & humour  adventure 

 Print series book list

Books in series order

1.   The Amulet of Samarkand  (2003)
2.   The Golem's Eye  (2004)
3.   Ptolemy's Gate  (2005)
+   The Ring of Solomon  (2010)