The Ring of Solomon

The Ring of Solomon


Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Wise-cracking djinni Bartimaeus finds himself at the court of King Solomon with an unpleasant master, a sinister servant, and King Solomon's magic ring.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781423123729
Characteristics: 398 p. : map ; 22 cm.

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
IndyPL_SteveB Mar 10, 2019

Super-fun 4th book in an excellent fantasy series for older children and teens, “The Bartimeus books.” Since this one takes place thousands of years before the other three, it is also a second convenient starting point for the series. It has an exciting, twisty plot with an even twistier main character.

Stroud has come up with a clever, original approach to a world run by magic. In his world, much of the work is done by enslaved magic spirits. Magicians do not do magic themselves; they have been trained to know the proper techniques and incantations to summon these spirits from the spirit world and hold power over them while they perform labors.

The main character is a sarcastic ancient djinn, Bartimeus, with his ironic observations on the action and humans. Bartimeus is summoned by a foolish and incompetent old magician in the employ of the great king (and wizard), Solomon. Solomon has a magic ring which allows him to enslave the most powerful spirit of all, of whom even Bartimeus is frightened. Solomon is trying to get the Queen of Sheba to marry him. The Queen is not impressed and tries to assassinate Solomon.. Bartimeus gets used by both sides alternately as different characters gain control of him.

Sep 08, 2016

If you have read the Amulet of Samarkand and loved Jonathan Stroud’s writing, but weren’t too keen on some of the story elements or characters, this book is that done to perfection. This is the perfect fantasy book. This is a novel with unforgettable characters, powerful themes, incredible witty dialogue, fantastical story, beautiful settings, and one of the best second halves to any book ever. If you enjoy fantasy… No, if you enjoy books… No, if you are able to read, this is a must read. This book is nearly perfect, and is just as magical every time you read it. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 27, 2014

i love Bartimaeus. he is so cool and funny!!

cat_1 Jan 07, 2013

A compelling prequel to the ever-awesome 'Bartimaeus Trilogy,' I enjoyed it just as much as the other books. Although I missed the presence of Kitty and Nathaniel (*sob*), I found Bartimaeus' solo flights almost more exciting (if it's possible). The characters in this book are just fabulous, and there are some real tear-jerker moments, but in the end, the wit and humour of Bartimaeus makes it all worthwhile.

m2 Jan 21, 2011

What a fabulous romp! It is so great to see Bartimaeus unshackled from Nathaniel. And the new mortal that summons him is "lovely dark and deep".

At first I thought the dissing of Solomon was worse than blasphemous -- but it ends up ok, beautiful even. So we can recommend this to our Jewish and Christian friends who hold the biblical stories dear -- we may just need to warn them.

You won't be disappointed if you liked the earlier Bartimaeus books. He's as irrepressible as usual.

Dec 15, 2010

This book has it all: humor, adventure, and some sadness. The story of a girl from the mythical kingdom of Sheba on a grand adventure to save her kingdom from Solomon and his magicians, it also contains another character: the genie Bartimaeus. Like the trilogy written before (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate), this is Bartimaeus in all his glory and with his usual wit. This book was wonderful for purely the fact that it is another book with Bartimaeus, and shows an early part of his career, even before he met Ptolemy. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the Bartimaeus trilogy, and to anyone in middle or high school. However, I do think the trilogy should be read before this prequel.

Dec 08, 2010

Bartimaeus is at it again with his cracking wit and snarky comments. The action in the book centers around the legendary Seal of Solomon or Ring of Solomon - providing backstory to the ring and Solomon's rule, as seen and relayed by hilarious djinni I came to love in the Bartimaeus trilogy.


Add Age Suitability

Biblio_Commons_sucks thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 27, 2011

bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CPL

To Top