England's domestic turmoil has taken its toll on John Mandrake. Mandrake is friendless and constantly watched by his numerous enemies. In the three years since The Golem's Eye there have been several attempts on Mandrake's life. His years as a high ranking government official have made Mandrake merciless, and he treats all of his servants cruelly, especially Bartimaeus.
However, events in Ptolemy's Gate shatter Mandrake's confidence in what he has become. The transformation from Mandrake to Nathaniel is much more rapid than the one from Nathaniel to Mandrake. Nathaniel drops the name John Mandrake all together, as well as the fear of others knowing his true name, humbly telling it to Kitty, with whom he seems to have struck up a newfound friendship, and boldly proclaiming it to the spirit Nouda.
With the end of Mandrake, Nathaniel becomes all that Ptolemy hoped to be.
Nathaniel willingly allows Bartimaeus to share his body to combat Nouda and his army of hybrids, using Gladstone's staff, a fusion that forever bridges the gap between humans and djinn. However, at the last moment, he dismisses Bartimaeus and then sacrifices himself to destroy the spirit Nouda. This incident was similar to what Ptolemy did in the moments before he died. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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January Learn how and when to remove this template message. Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud. The Ring of Solomon. Works by Jonathan Stroud. Retrieved from " https: He finds her and attempts to start a conservation, but Mrs Lutyens is closed off from him; she tells him that she liked the boy he was, but that he is no longer that boy and they have nothing in common.
Mandrake offers her a better job at the government, but she refuses and he leaves, distraught. Mandrake successfully summons Bartimaeus and questions him about who summoned him, but he refuses to answer to not put Kitty in danger.
Bartimaeus observes that Mandrake lost all his composure that he usually prides himself on, and mocks him for it, which only makes Mandrake more angry. Finally Mandrake agrees to dismiss him if Bartimaeus can provide good information. Bartimaeus informs him that Hopkins is at The Ambassador, but Mandrake does not dismiss him, and instead sends him to go with the other demons. Mandrake visits The Frog and captures Kitty, but then is found by Makepeace's search sphere, which requests them both to come at once to his new play.
Bartimaeus and the other demons move to The Ambassador and quickly corner Mr. Hopkins flees to the kitchen and picks up a meat cleaver, which disturbs Bartimaeus, and then reveals to Bartimaeus that he is actually Faquarl, inside Hopkins. Faquarl easily destroys the others and imprisons Bartimaeus in a silver pot, intending to kill him. Meanwhile at the theater, the magicians dismiss all their captive demons as per Makepeace's requests to not disturb the players.
Makepeace then summons a great amount of imps to tie up all the magicians in the rows. To the private boxes, he sends djinni to subdue to major government figures.
Pinn puts up resistance, killing one of the three demons send to him, but the others are easily captured, loaded into vans, and imprisoned. Makepeace reveals his plan: Mandrake pretends to go along with this plan, and requests that Kitty be spared when the Mercenary is about to kill her.
Hopkins arrives and - pretending to still be human - gives a demonstration of his magic.
The conspirators quickly summon demons themselves, Makepeace summoning Nouda the Terrible. Nathaniel attempts to summon all of his djinni, but they are all dead besides Bartimaeus, who is so weak that he appears as slime. Bartimaeus observes the situation and realises that the humans won't be in charge for long, just as the demons all take over the magicians' bodies.
Was never re Its taken me almost two years to read this trilogy and honestly the only thing keeping me going was the fact that a friend recommended these to me and I couldn't not read them With everyone basically hating the magicians I think you can see how things might go. And of course Nathaniel was my favorite all along, because he had the biggest challenge, the biggest change to make, and he did it, just like I hoped he would. They then set out to take their revenge on humans, especially magicians. However, at the last moment, he dismisses Bartimaeus and then sacrifices himself to destroy the spirit Nouda. It justifies his nature as a considerate tad bit more than the other demons djinni with wit, independence and respect.
Faquarl is about to kill Bartimaeus when Nouda orders him to be spared, as he is a spirit. Then, Bartimaeus asks Mandrake and Kitty to be spared, which Nouda grudgingly grants. The demons begin calling the magicians one by one and forcing them to summon a demon into themselves. Whitwell is killed by Nouda when she resists, and in the chaos that follows, Mandrake and Kitty escape. The Mercenary follows Mandrake, who went to retrieve the Staff of Gladstone.
Several magical traps delay him, but he manages to stab Mandrake's shoulder. Mandrake rushes into the treasure room and grabs the Amulet of Samarkand before the pestilence inside can kill him. The Mercenary follows, but the pestilence proves to be too strong, killing the Mercenary.
Mandrake collects the Staff.
Nathaniel also tells Kitty his birth name, completing his transformation back into the morally-good person he was when he was a child. Nathaniel is bewildered, but tells her anyways. She visits the Other Place and talks with Bartimaeus. He expresses regret that the commoners will die in the upcoming spirit rebellion, but says there is nothing he can do.
Kitty proposes that Bartimaeus enter Nathaniel's body, as the other demons did, but not destroy his mind. This would allow Bartimaeus to be shielded from pain and help use the Staff. After some arguing, he agrees. After leaving the Other Place, Kitty finds that she has forgotten how to use her body, which has been damaged by the foreign essence in the Other Place. She is hardly able to move, but starts recovering with time. Bartimeus is successfully summoned into Nathaniel, and they begin hunting down the rogue spirits.
Eventually they encounter Faquarl, who blasts them with a detonation, making them lose the staff.
Bartimaeus talks to him and tells him that he betrayed the Other Place by staying willingly on Earth, and Faquarl responds that vengeance is his new master. Despite this, Faquarl admits to a discomfort in his new body that Bartimaeus claims is the lost link to his home. They proceed to kill most of the demon army, but Nathaniel is mortally wounded in the side with a detonation in the fight. However, Nouda is in a palace made of glass and iron, and Nathaniel realises that the only way to kill Nouda is to take the safeguards off the Staff, releasing all the energy at once.
Kitty offers him the Amulet, which he refuses, and they go to confront Nouda.
After goading Nouda into coming to them, Nathaniel tells Bartimaeus that he was a good slave, but he doesn't trust him to release the staff at the right moment, so Nathaniel will dismiss Bartimaeus, automatically breaking the Staff - and also saving Bartimaeus's life. The resulting explosion kills Nouda and Nathaniel.
In his final dialog, Bartimaeus says that he would have liked to tell Nathaniel what he thought of him at the end but that he rather thinks he knows anyways, as they were in the same mind. Nathaniel's sacrifice mirrors Ptolemy's sacrifice, so it is implied that Bartimaeus loves him in the end, despite calling him a typical magician, right up to the end.