Just finished reading said book. Even though it’s a YA (young adults) novel, I enjoyed it IMMENSELY. No wonder the guy’s sold 5 million books around the world.
It’s one in a series of books about a 3,000-year-old demon called Bartimaeus. He gets summoned by various human magicians over the years and has to perform various tasks for them, inevitably getting himself into all sorts of scrapes and hi-jinks. What really makes the book are the cynical, humorous asides the demon makes along the way (done as footnotes). It’s also fun how the book alternates perspectives: a first person chapter for the demon; followed by a third person chapter for the boy magician; and so on. The effect is likely a change of camera angle to keep things interesting and to give opposing or ironic perspectives.
There’s no doubt Stroud is a talent. And his stuff (like JK Rowling’s) is as enjoyable for OAs (Old Adults) as it is for YAs. 9/10 (why not 10/10 – well, the plot was a bit a-b-c for my old palate, but that’s more a fault in me as a reader than it is a fault with the book).