The Ring of Solomon

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The Ring of Solomon
The Ring of Solomon.png
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 reminiscent of the Harry Potter series, but much darker in tone. It is a prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy, written by British author Jonathan Stroud. The first edition (paperback) was published in Oct. 2010 by Doubleday in U.K..


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


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

Principal Characters[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


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


  • High Magicians of Solomon

Magical objects, spells and places[edit]

  • Ring of Solomon

Plot summary[edit]

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


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