The Ring of Solomon

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For the legendary ring, see Seal of Solomon.
The Ring of Solomon
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Original cover
Author Jonathan Stroud
Country UK
Language English
Genre Children's, Fantasy novel
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
14 October 2010
Media type Print (paperback & hardback)
Pages 448 pp (first edition, paperback)
ISBN 1-4231-2372-7
OCLC 758069020
Preceded by Ptolemy's Gate

The Ring of Solomon is a children's novel of alternate history, fantasy and magic. It is a prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud. It was first published in 2010.

Synopsis[edit]

The book follows the early adventures of Bartimaeus in service to King Solomon.

Setting[edit]

The story is set in a fantasy version of ancient Jerusalem, during the reign of biblical King Solomon, about 950BCE.

Principal Characters[edit]

Magicians[edit]

  • Solomon, biblical King of Israel, ~970-931BC
  • Asmira, captain of the guard for Queen of Sheba
  • Balkis (Queen of Sheba)
  • Ezekiel, a magician in service to Solomon
  • Khaba the Cruel

Spirits[edit]

  • Bartimaeus, a mid-level djinn
  • Faquarl
  • Ammet
  • Spirit of the Ring
  • Philocretes, an afrit

Organizations[edit]

  • High Magicians of Solomon

Magical objects, spells and places[edit]

  • Ring of Solomon

Plot summary[edit]

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Reception[edit]

The book received generally positive reception[1] and was praised for its portrayal of complex characters.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Stroud. "The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5) by Jonathan Stroud — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists". Goodreads.com. Retrieved 2016-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Whatchamacallit Reviews: The Ring of Solomon: By Jonathan Stroud". Whatchamacallitreviews.blogspot.com. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2016-02-16.