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Sequel to the NY TIMES Bestseller, The Akhenaten Adventure. John and Phillipa Gaunt, 12 year old twins who recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn (which are commonly called genies) and who are now in possession of great magical powers, have only just returned from their adventures battling an evil djinn in Cairo and London. Now the mystery Sequel to the NY TIMES Bestseller, The Akhenaten Adventure. John and Phillipa Gaunt, 12 year old twins who recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn (which are commonly called genies) and who are now in possession of great magical powers, have only just returned from their adventures battling an evil djinn in Cairo and London. Now the mystery surrounding a powerful book of djinn magic lures the twins straight into their next extraordinary adventure. 8.5 x 5.25 x 1.2"


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Sequel to the NY TIMES Bestseller, The Akhenaten Adventure. John and Phillipa Gaunt, 12 year old twins who recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn (which are commonly called genies) and who are now in possession of great magical powers, have only just returned from their adventures battling an evil djinn in Cairo and London. Now the mystery Sequel to the NY TIMES Bestseller, The Akhenaten Adventure. John and Phillipa Gaunt, 12 year old twins who recently discovered themselves to be descended from a long line of djinn (which are commonly called genies) and who are now in possession of great magical powers, have only just returned from their adventures battling an evil djinn in Cairo and London. Now the mystery surrounding a powerful book of djinn magic lures the twins straight into their next extraordinary adventure. 8.5 x 5.25 x 1.2"

30 review for The Blue Djinn of Babylon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thom

    Strong characters and great locations continue, including a cameo by a famous king. The humor (and even fart jokes) is a good match as well. Read aloud with my daughter, and we did *not* appreciate the frequent djinn word puns. Like the first book, this story is mythological fantasy, with magic, but set in our modern day world. This element, along with what is clearly well thought out folkore of the djinn is excellent. My only quibbles with this particular book (aside from djinntolerable puns) wa Strong characters and great locations continue, including a cameo by a famous king. The humor (and even fart jokes) is a good match as well. Read aloud with my daughter, and we did *not* appreciate the frequent djinn word puns. Like the first book, this story is mythological fantasy, with magic, but set in our modern day world. This element, along with what is clearly well thought out folkore of the djinn is excellent. My only quibbles with this particular book (aside from djinntolerable puns) was the ending, which crammed a lot of wrap up (and some foreshadowing of future books) into just a few pages. Yes, this took months to read - but our library system had exactly one (1) copy, with three other people waiting for it on hold. Glad to have finally finished it; may not dive into the next immediately.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's exciting, it's excellent art, and you can't see the character's face. So, yes, I like it. Characters: John and Philippa continue to be great kid protagonists, leaping into adventure without too much forethought (but they're not rash, either), and meeting danger head-on. They have a great twin-sibling relationship, teasing each other and fighting sometimes like real siblings, but they're not always constantly at one another's throats, which gets annoying with some sibl Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's exciting, it's excellent art, and you can't see the character's face. So, yes, I like it. Characters: John and Philippa continue to be great kid protagonists, leaping into adventure without too much forethought (but they're not rash, either), and meeting danger head-on. They have a great twin-sibling relationship, teasing each other and fighting sometimes like real siblings, but they're not always constantly at one another's throats, which gets annoying with some sibling pairings. Nimrod is still an awesomely amusing uncle, and the villains of the piece are not so much wicked as they are just determined to get what they want. One of the villains was quite obvious from the beginning, while the other took me somewhat by surprise, which was nice. I always like it when I'm surprised by the villain's identity. The Romance: There isn't any! Plot: When the sacred Solomon Grimoire - the most powerful book for djinnkind - goes missing, Philippa and John are looped into trying to find it before someone can do permanent damage with it. But what they don't know is that they are headed right into a trap, and when it's sprung, it results in Philippa's abduction. And somehow, the Blue Djinn of Babylon - the deciding power in the djinn world; the one djinn who is above Good and Evil - is involved. I must admit that out of the two I have read so far in the Children of the Lamp series, this one was not my favorite simply because there wasn't really a bad villain. For a story involving deceit and abductions and the like, John's rescue mission was pretty straightforward. Sure, it has the usual perils and challenges to be found in a good adventure novel, but they were all pretty easy and uncomplicated. Believability: Not applicable. Writing Style: I still really do like this Author's writing style. It's classy and has a good amount of humor. Perhaps a bit too much light-heartedness - this series could use a bit more dash of seriousness - but it's not too bad. When explaining a lot of concepts, the Author directly addresses the Reader, giving the story a more "historian documenting actual events" feel, which I always enjoy. Content: None. Conclusion: It was a little too tidy. The escape went smoothly, and people turn up at the most opportune moment possible, and everyone goes home laughing. Not literally, but that was general ambiance of the end. In a series meant for kids, I can let such a perfect end slide a bit more than I would in other novels, and there is the promise of an interesting sequel. I just wish more had happened in the climax. Despite its few shortcomings, The Blue Djinn of Babylon is a great adventure story; just not the best in the series. Recommended Audience: Girl-and-boy read, any age. Rick Riordan fans would like the concept, as will fans of other like-minded adventure stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J B

    I enjoyed all of the Children of the Lamp books. Fun, light fantasy geared for children around age 8-mid teens. For adults, there's some good humor and a good writing style we will enjoy as well.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. http://lara-reads-ya-2009.blogspot.co... Plot summary: Philippa and John Gaunt are 12 year old twins who find out they are descended from a line of djinn (who happen to dislike the word "genie"). They live in New York City with their wealthy parents, but have more fun and adventure whenever they visit with their uncle Nimrod, who divides his time between London and Cairo. All over the world there are various tribes of djinn, and they tend to be generally good or generally evil. Djinn are responsi http://lara-reads-ya-2009.blogspot.co... Plot summary: Philippa and John Gaunt are 12 year old twins who find out they are descended from a line of djinn (who happen to dislike the word "genie"). They live in New York City with their wealthy parents, but have more fun and adventure whenever they visit with their uncle Nimrod, who divides his time between London and Cairo. All over the world there are various tribes of djinn, and they tend to be generally good or generally evil. Djinn are responsible for controlling the world's supply of luck, and, ideally, the balance is kept in homeostasis, for the benefit of humankind. Through this constant struggle, there is one ruling power, the Blue Djinn of Babylon, who steps in when things fall too out of whack, and metes out punishment if necessary. Her word is law. In this, the second volume of the series, Philippa practices playing the famous djinn game of bluffing, Djinnverso, and enters the youth tournament. She attracts the attention of some of the enemy tribes of djinn, as well as the notice of the Blue Djinn of Babylon, who is on the lookout for her replacement. The Blue Djinn kidnaps Philippa after framing her for cheating in the tournament (all for the greater good), and brings her to the ancient (now underground) city of Babylon. The location is also the former Biblical Garden of Good and Evil, with a tree of logic that produces fruit and emits a scent which hardens one's heart to emotional involvement and allows the Blue Djinn to dispense justice fairly. John sets out to rescue Philippa with the help of his uncle Nimrod, one-armed chauffeur Mr. Groanin, and the family dogs, Alan and Neil, who happen to be the twins' uncles (they were formerly human). John must navigate a series of challenges, the first of which is infiltrating a US army base in Iraq – the series includes some awareness of current events, even as it hints at millennia of djinn involvement in human affairs. In the time that it takes John to reach Philippa, she has been changed by exposure to the tree of logic, but the bond between twins is stronger, and John manages to save her. Comments: This is a well-written series and John and Philippa are a lot of fun because although they share an extremely close bond and value each other's strengths, they also get frustrated with each other and behave like normal siblings. Although some of the coincidences in the series are too good to be true, it wonderful that Kerr inserts many exotic locations and tidbits about customs in foreign countries and cultures. Young adults could learn a lot about other places and perhaps be inspired to travel. This book ends on a cliffhanger, with some of the loose ends from the story not tied up – like one of the enemy djinn whom Philippa, John and Nimrod helped to imprison in the first book escaping his sentence from the Blue Djinn and tipping the balance of luck into the bad area once again. Also, it is not clear who will take over from the Blue Djinn when she dies, which will be shortly as she knows she is reaching the end of her lifeline. There are a couple of candidates – Philippa's mother has agreed to take her daughter's place, though she hasn't told her family, and Nimrod has also come up with a possible candidate in the meantime. I see on Amazon that the fifth book in this series has just been released this month, and while at Spring Garden Public Library looking for book two after I read book one, I saw that they had up to book four as well, so they've been adding to the collection as these books are released.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    My thoughts on this book are similar to the first one. The setting for the story is original with the basic storyline itself following a path that is typical to many other middle-grade fantasy books. Having said that, the story in this book was a little bit more original than the first one. There are many other twists on originality throughout the book, for example there is a spooky ferryman, who would normally be a skeletal figure (Charon style), but in this book he is a copper automaton. It’s t My thoughts on this book are similar to the first one. The setting for the story is original with the basic storyline itself following a path that is typical to many other middle-grade fantasy books. Having said that, the story in this book was a little bit more original than the first one. There are many other twists on originality throughout the book, for example there is a spooky ferryman, who would normally be a skeletal figure (Charon style), but in this book he is a copper automaton. It’s the small details like that, which keep the story new and enjoyable. What really hurt the book were the huge and numerous plot holes. One of the biggest of them was how the group get into an American military base in Iraq. Basically the characters, one American the other English, march up to the check point, without any identification, and claim they are passing through the area visiting Iraqi relatives, and could they stop at the base and give a ventriloquist show, the military decide this is perfectly acceptable, then leave them unguarded and they is no problems with the characters sneaking off! This seemed to be so implausible that it made the book hard to believe in. I also thought the six ordeals, one of the characters has to go through to get to the djinn secret hideout, was badly done. The six ordeals were basically the same, and even the character says that once he got passed the third trial the rest seemed pointless, and I couldn’t agree more. One of the characters keeps a diary. I felt the early part of this wasn’t very well written. It was really just a shift from third person to first person perspective and I didn’t really feel the character’s thoughts, feelings and personality. The later part of the diary, as the character undergoes a change, did get stronger and more interesting. Overall I thought this was a good book, it was more original than the first, and many of the traditional parts of the stories came with twists. The biggest problem I had with the book was the many big plot holes, which is why I gave this book three stars instead of a higher score. Some repetitive points, such as the six almost duplicate trials, and some parts that were not as well written, such as the early part of the diary, didn’t help either.

  6. 5 out of 5

    jamo buttafuoco

    My brother goes to his friend’s house almost every single day. Most of the time, he does not tell my parents that he is going there. If my parents want to go out to dinner or already has something planned, he would never have to come. Rarely, I get invited with Nick (my brother) whether it is golfing, swimming, or just to go over his house. I have a hard decision: either to go with Nick to go over his friends’ house and have fun, or go with my parents to what ever they have planned. For one spe My brother goes to his friend’s house almost every single day. Most of the time, he does not tell my parents that he is going there. If my parents want to go out to dinner or already has something planned, he would never have to come. Rarely, I get invited with Nick (my brother) whether it is golfing, swimming, or just to go over his house. I have a hard decision: either to go with Nick to go over his friends’ house and have fun, or go with my parents to what ever they have planned. For one special occasion, Nick and his friends was going to a beach in Truro. I wanted to go but for some reason, I decided not to go to the beach, but to go to New Hampshire to go to my cousins’ house with my mom and dad to spend time with my family. Just like how I know that family comes first, in the book Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr, John made a decision to put his family first. John tries save his sisters’ life. In this book, Philippa’s most challenging obstacle is trying to save her own life while Ayesha and the Tree of Logic are trying to change her life forever. When John was trying to get to save his sisters life, but on the journey, he doubts himself the whole way and is trying to decide if he wants to turn around or save his sisters life. Philippa changes throughout the book because in the beginning, at the Djinnersvo tournament, Izzak seems like a very nice, charming boy. But later on, he captures John and Philippa in a cigar tube and both John and his sister hate Izaak for the rest of the book. People who want to read about a risky, adventurous book should read this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brett Carrier

    After reading this, the second novel of the Children of the Lamp adventure, I think I'm with the series. The novel is about John and Phillipa Gaunt, two djinn living in New York. To simplify things, a djinn is pretty much a genie. While djinn may seem like an intriguing concept to base a story around, P.B. Kerr makes a lot of mistakes while writing. First off, the few jokes in the story are repeated many times. It seems like every few pages somebody is telling Phillipa that she is a "djinntellig After reading this, the second novel of the Children of the Lamp adventure, I think I'm with the series. The novel is about John and Phillipa Gaunt, two djinn living in New York. To simplify things, a djinn is pretty much a genie. While djinn may seem like an intriguing concept to base a story around, P.B. Kerr makes a lot of mistakes while writing. First off, the few jokes in the story are repeated many times. It seems like every few pages somebody is telling Phillipa that she is a "djinntelligent djinnvidual." I'd be okay if Kerr made this pun once or twice, but he really overuses it. Next, there are a lot of minor characters that Kerr goes into great detail about. For example, there is a twelve-year-old taxi driver that helps transport the main characters around. Sure, it might take some explaining as to why a twelve-year-old is driving, but that doesn't merit a long, drawn-out backstory that has no relation to the plot. Lastly, Kerr condenses the exciting, action-filled parts to a few paragraphs. The climax of the book could have been a huge battle between the main characters and their villain (who should remain nameless due to spoilers). Instead, the "big battle" is a few paragraphs. Altogether, Children of the Lamp: The Blue Djinn of Babylon is an interesting concept with a poor execution.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I'm not sure whether I should rate this book 4 stars or 5 stars - it's probably somewhere inbetween. During the first half of the book I wasn't that impressed with the plotline. Phillipa is playing in the Djinnverso tournemort and gets framed for cheating. This bit was alright although I don't really see how it played into the overall storyline. Then John and Phillipa get on a train to meet Issac and Phillipa gets kidnapped. This was written quite well and I thought the thing with the devil was I'm not sure whether I should rate this book 4 stars or 5 stars - it's probably somewhere inbetween. During the first half of the book I wasn't that impressed with the plotline. Phillipa is playing in the Djinnverso tournemort and gets framed for cheating. This bit was alright although I don't really see how it played into the overall storyline. Then John and Phillipa get on a train to meet Issac and Phillipa gets kidnapped. This was written quite well and I thought the thing with the devil was quite cool. Then, I'll try not to spoil too much, we find out that the Blue Djinn of Babylon is about to die and she wants Phillipa to take over. My favourite part in this book was either the part with the king and the wish monster or the part where (view spoiler)[Alan and Neil (hide spoiler)] come back - I was so happy!!!!! I would recommend this series to people aged 9+. It's feel good, adventurous and enjoyable. The characters are amazing and the plot turned out great in the end! I am enjoying this series so far but seeing the rest of the series on my book shelf I’m finding it hard to see how it will drag on for 7 books. I think it could have been nice as a trilogy (although I haven’t read the rest so can’t know).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fabian Sauceda

    As 12 year old twins John and Phillipa returned from yet another adventure facing a powerful evil djinn in Cairo, London. They learn about a powerful book of djinn magic which has been stolen from the Blue Djinn of Babylon the most powerful djinn and the ruler of all the six tribes (three good, three bad). But what they didn’t know is that the Blue Djinn is not only luring Phillipa into a trap, but is also the grandmother of John and Phillipa. When she is captured the go to rescue her but get tr As 12 year old twins John and Phillipa returned from yet another adventure facing a powerful evil djinn in Cairo, London. They learn about a powerful book of djinn magic which has been stolen from the Blue Djinn of Babylon the most powerful djinn and the ruler of all the six tribes (three good, three bad). But what they didn’t know is that the Blue Djinn is not only luring Phillipa into a trap, but is also the grandmother of John and Phillipa. When she is captured the go to rescue her but get trapped with their own obstacles. If you like adventure and suspense read this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    It hit all the right notes that the first book did, but the last couple of chapters were all over the place. Still it made a great read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Alan Heath

    wonderful book I would recommend it to everyone.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I started to read this book about 3 weeks after school started and it all happened when my teacher Mrs.Harrington said kids were going to the library. Some of the selling points were, well I like fantasy so I thought that magic people would suit my interest. I not only thought that was cool about it but I really liked the cover. With these reasons I thought how would I go wrong but boy was I wrong. There was a good share of problems with this book like, at the beginning it was long and boring a I started to read this book about 3 weeks after school started and it all happened when my teacher Mrs.Harrington said kids were going to the library. Some of the selling points were, well I like fantasy so I thought that magic people would suit my interest. I not only thought that was cool about it but I really liked the cover. With these reasons I thought how would I go wrong but boy was I wrong. There was a good share of problems with this book like, at the beginning it was long and boring and very hard to get into. Also at first it didn’t really make any sense. Also there was so many pages that just carried on and on with the same thing I never thought I was going to finish it. So all and all I would have to give this book two stars because it was not that good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Omofolawe

    This book by Philip.B. Kerr Really is amazing because it really is adventurous with all this Djinn and this twin attached to it made it more interesting including the exploits made there and I know that this is not the only children of the lamp writing by this author, there are others like "The cobra king of Kathmandu" which is my second favorite. This book helped me in developing my talent in reading because when captivated by this book the urge to by more is going to come which results in buyi This book by Philip.B. Kerr Really is amazing because it really is adventurous with all this Djinn and this twin attached to it made it more interesting including the exploits made there and I know that this is not the only children of the lamp writing by this author, there are others like "The cobra king of Kathmandu" which is my second favorite. This book helped me in developing my talent in reading because when captivated by this book the urge to by more is going to come which results in buying more.The children of the lamp in particular is one of my best book or let me say favorite book because it really is more than what I had expected it to be, although its been a lot since I've read it I still remember vividly all in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Tieskotter

    I must say I liked this book better than the first book. The twins have developed and seem more mature than before--in the first book I mentally wanted to ground them for several months for their awful spoiled attitudes. Pacing was fine for most of the novel, a bit rushed of an ending. The novel would be great as an audio-book. There's a lot of explaining like a narrator would do when storytelling and the prose style hearkens to this. Although I won't continue the series (I'm rereading books in m I must say I liked this book better than the first book. The twins have developed and seem more mature than before--in the first book I mentally wanted to ground them for several months for their awful spoiled attitudes. Pacing was fine for most of the novel, a bit rushed of an ending. The novel would be great as an audio-book. There's a lot of explaining like a narrator would do when storytelling and the prose style hearkens to this. Although I won't continue the series (I'm rereading books in my personal library from long ago and plan to donate this one), I hope they continued improving for readers who wish(ed) to continue the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Nach einer sehr langen Lesepause, habe auch ich endlich mal wieder ein Buch beendet. Den zweiten Teil fand ich jetzt sogar etwas besser als den ersten. Aber ich finde es schade, dass so wenig "gezaubert" wurde. Bin gespannt wie die Geschichte weiter geht.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn Malau

    *4.4 Pretty impressive writing if you ask me! From Egypt, they travel all the way to Cairo then London to battle the evil djinn! Which called, "The Blue Djinn" ;o Okay, the last part I made up!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    My sister loved this series but I'm just not feeling it. I'm just so... bored.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    This book probably only deserves a four-star rating, because it had it's problems. But those were very minor to me and I found this whole book very enjoyable a loads better than the first one! It all starts when the Solomon Grimore is reported missing, and the twins, John and Phillipa are called upon to help find it. It soon becomes apparent that this was all a trap however, and Phillipa has now been kidnapped by the most powerful djinn of all - The Blue Djinn of Babylon! John must set out on an This book probably only deserves a four-star rating, because it had it's problems. But those were very minor to me and I found this whole book very enjoyable a loads better than the first one! It all starts when the Solomon Grimore is reported missing, and the twins, John and Phillipa are called upon to help find it. It soon becomes apparent that this was all a trap however, and Phillipa has now been kidnapped by the most powerful djinn of all - The Blue Djinn of Babylon! John must set out on an epic journey all over the globe to rescue his sister before an enchanted tree uses it's magic to make Phillipa hard-hearted and cruel, and take away her whole personality! This magical adventure story of mystery and friendship is not to be missed! I absolutely loved this book! At first when I read the blurb, where it said that Phillipa went missing and John had to rescue her, I was like: "Oh great, the classic damsel-in-distress story where the girl is trapped and helpless and the boy has to save her before it's too late. Not looking forward to this." But now, after finishing the book, I think it was the perfect thing to happen to really show each of the twins' (especially John's) personalities in a whole new light. And it was great how Phillipa didn't sit and cry or anything like that, she actually became a lot braver than in the previous book. John's character really came into his own in this story, I felt, and he's gone from being a character I liked, to being one of my favourites (loved the part where he punched Izaak! lol!). It was also good to see more of the twins' mother too - and her cliffhanger at the end was clever and I'm really looking forward to seeing where that goes! Of course, Groanin is still my favourite character and I loved that we saw a lot of him in this book, plus I've grown more fond of Mr. Rakshasas and Nimrod too. In this book we also learned a lot more about the culture and rules of being a djinn, which was really interesting because, as I've said before, the magic of the djinni is a refreshing change to the magic I'm used to reading about. The Blue Djinn of Babylon was very cool to read about and I seriously had no idea how it was going to turn out! (and the special 'relationship' Ayesha had with the Gaunt family was a shocker!) (: The bits that really got to me and got my heart pounding were (view spoiler)[when John thought he'd killed his dad, when the dogs died :'( and when Monty (I can't remember her human name) tried to kill Phillipa (hide spoiler)] . (view spoiler)[At first when reading the part where John finally came face-to-face with Phillipa I was disappointed and felt let down by the author. Phillipa had been becoming more and more hard-hearted and cruel and I had no idea how they were going to get her back. Then John just splashed her with water and that was it. Now, though, I guess it was OK and I forgive the author. I might need to lower my expectations for the next book though, because it seems to be a force of habit with this series. The story is great and all seems to be building up to a mind-blowing revalion or something, then something really simple happens and everything is fine! Oh, and return of Iblis! Epic! (hide spoiler)] I applaud P.B. Kerr for writing this superb sequel to The Akhenaten Adventure. It was better than the first one in a million ways, and he got the character growth and personalities just right. The style of writing was great and friendly, and I loved the whole storyline! Can't wait to read the rest of the series! ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zachariah W.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Children of the Lamp: Djinni, not Genie Your mother is a mystical Djinni, so is your uncle, and everybody on your mothers side. As it turns out, you and you’re twin are too. Another news flash, you’re destined to protect the balance of good and bad luck in the world. Combine that with the confusion of being in middle school, and you’ve got a bomb on your hands. But it’s much more powerful than that. Needless to say, this book will keep you on the edge of you’re seat throughout the entire thing. Children of the Lamp: Djinni, not Genie Your mother is a mystical Djinni, so is your uncle, and everybody on your mothers side. As it turns out, you and you’re twin are too. Another news flash, you’re destined to protect the balance of good and bad luck in the world. Combine that with the confusion of being in middle school, and you’ve got a bomb on your hands. But it’s much more powerful than that. Needless to say, this book will keep you on the edge of you’re seat throughout the entire thing. But what this book does best is show an excellent example of the theme that when it is time for you to do you’re duty, you will, this is shown when John and Philippa go to retrieve an extremely important book, also when John travels to an extremely dangerous place to save Philippa, and when Layla (John and Philippa’s’ mother) volunteers to be the blue Djinni of Babylon in place of Philippa. When John and Philippa hear that an extremely book, which, in the wrong hands could spell doom in huge capitol letters for the balance of luck in all the world, john and Philippa immediately decide to confront the book and take the book back to protect the balance of luck in the world. At an extremely important event in Djinni culture is taking place, John comes across the information that an extremely important book has been stolen, he immediately introduces his uncle Nimrod to the man whom he got the information from. Later, after the man and Nimrod have talked for some time, Nimrod tells the children that they will have to retrieve the book on their own. Knowing that the fate of the balance of good and bad luck is on the line, they eagerly accept. Another time that the theme is demonstrated is when John goes into an extremely dangerous and unpredictable land to save his sister. When the Blue Djinni of Babylon kidnaps Philippa, John immediately goes to attempt to rescue her. The Blue Djinni captured Philippa so that she could be Blue Djinni when she died. This is not a good thing, you see, to be blue Djinni; you must be extremely hard hearted. So, knowing very little, John goes to save his sister from the fate of being horribly hard-hearted. This theme is last shown when Layla (John and Philippa’s mother) volunteers to become he Blue Djinni of Babylon so that Philippa can be saved from her horrible fate. After John has saved Philippa, and They are all reunited once bore, Layla has to tell her kids that in order for Philippa to have been allowed to escape, she had to volunteer to become the Blue Djinni herself. By doing this, she has made the ultimate sacrifice. She has given up her life, just so that she could do her duty and protect her family. When it is time for you to do you’re duty, you will, this is shown when John and Philippa go to retrieve an extremely important book, also when John travels to an extremely dangerous place to save Philippa, and when Layla (John and Philippa’s’ mother) volunteers to be the blue Djinni of Babylon in place of Philippa. When we are given a duty, we will. It’s just human nature, it’s unavoidable. Even if it means that we loose everything in the process, if we think that the outcome will be good, we’ll do it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. John and Philippa Gaunt are twelve-year-old twin djinn living in New York City. One day they go to a book launch for their friend, Mr. Rakshasas and their uncle Nimrod convinces Philippa to join the junior Djinnverso championship and tells her about the Blue Djinn of Babylon- the leader of the world's djinn, both good and evil. At the tournament, Philippa meets Ayesha, the Blue Djinn. Philippa asks why the Blue Djinn is always a woman and Ayesha responds, " Because on earth there is a universa John and Philippa Gaunt are twelve-year-old twin djinn living in New York City. One day they go to a book launch for their friend, Mr. Rakshasas and their uncle Nimrod convinces Philippa to join the junior Djinnverso championship and tells her about the Blue Djinn of Babylon- the leader of the world's djinn, both good and evil. At the tournament, Philippa meets Ayesha, the Blue Djinn. Philippa asks why the Blue Djinn is always a woman and Ayesha responds, " Because on earth there is a universal law that applies to both djinnkind and humankind. When something needs to be said, you look for a man to say it. But when something actually needs too be done, you look for a woman." While Philippa is talking to Ayesha, John meets Izaak Balayaga, who claims that the book Soloman's Grimoire has been stolen. John and Izaak must delay the news while watching Philippa in the Djinnverso final. Philippa is framed for cheating and disqualified. Later John, Nimrod, Philippa and the twins' mother decide to go along with izaak's plan-to send the twins on a train to meet Izaak, who, Nimrod has figured out, is the one who stole the Grimoire. He will only return it to the children. But when they meet Izaak, he binds John and kidnaps Philippa. Nimrod and John find Izaak and learn Ayesha wants Philippa to be the next Blue Djinn. They visit Virgil Macreeby, who sells them a map of Iravotum, where Philippa is being held. John accidentally turns Virgil's son Finlay into a falcon and they leave as fast as they came. They make it to Iraq and John gets into Iratovum. Nimrod goes to find an old friend, Edwiges to find someone Ayesha could use to replace Philippa, who discovers who Ayesha really is to them. John is attacked by the Rukkh, but Philippa, who expects this, summons wind and drives it away. He then is reunited with Finlay, still a falcon and meets a king who is quite mad but very helpful. He enters the palace and finds Philippa. They escape and leave Iratovum. Someone suitable volunteers to be the next Blue Djinn and everyone goes home safely. This book was all right. It got very boring at some times, but I never wanted to totally quit. There was a lot of mystery and excitement. I found it acceptable on the whole. I'd give it three stars for exhilarating chases and occasional puzzling riddles. You would like it if you enjoy djinn tales or stories of rescuing family members. Even if you don't, you might like it. I suggest you read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shogo

    In this book, two djinn twins, John and Phillipa, have to retrieve the Solomon Grimore book, which is reported stolen. They must travel from New York to Istanbul, get on a train to Berlin to retrieve it from another young djinn. They are tricked and Phillipa is kidnapped. John and three companions must travel from Jordan to Babylon, modern day Iraq (also one of the most dangerous countries in the world), to save his sister from a terrible fate, even worse than death. In this book the characters a In this book, two djinn twins, John and Phillipa, have to retrieve the Solomon Grimore book, which is reported stolen. They must travel from New York to Istanbul, get on a train to Berlin to retrieve it from another young djinn. They are tricked and Phillipa is kidnapped. John and three companions must travel from Jordan to Babylon, modern day Iraq (also one of the most dangerous countries in the world), to save his sister from a terrible fate, even worse than death. In this book the characters are developed and show their true nature up to a certain point in contrast with the first book. In the first book, John was boyish and witty but in this book he is proven to be loyal, brave and also very humane. He is shown to care about both human and djinn lives. Phillipa on the other hand is being controlled by forces beyond good and evil so she changes from being smart and kindhearted to logical and hardhearted. Both of them must adapt to the larger djinn society. Mr Groanin, one of John's companions and his uncle's butler, develops into a very caring person. In the first book he was mumbled a lot and complained about traveling to countries that did not speak English or whose people did not care about "proper hygiene. He is bravely accompanies John through Iraq. This was a surprising development. The main theme is loyalty and sacrifice because John and his companions were loyal and willing to risk their lives to rescue Phillipa from a terrible fate. I would recommend this book to early to people who enjoy fantasy stories. P. B Kerr's witty comments are very amusing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Justiss

    Ihis, along with the first book, was a quick and fun read, but that doesn't nesessarily mean it's a great book. The story itself wasn't bad, but certain aspect made me not want to read anything more by this author. I like the genre and the premise, but as another reviewer said, it isn't well executed. The author hops from one character's point of view to another mid-scene, at times doing this several times in one scene. There wasn't much of a climax, as most of the major obsticles of the book we Ihis, along with the first book, was a quick and fun read, but that doesn't nesessarily mean it's a great book. The story itself wasn't bad, but certain aspect made me not want to read anything more by this author. I like the genre and the premise, but as another reviewer said, it isn't well executed. The author hops from one character's point of view to another mid-scene, at times doing this several times in one scene. There wasn't much of a climax, as most of the major obsticles of the book were solved by someone other than the main character, John Gaunt. (view spoiler)[ There was no actual defeat of the stories' villain. Ayesha, the 'Blue Djinn of Babylon', was the one who kidnapped Phillipa. There was never a fight against her and she never faced consequences. In fact, once Phillipa was rescued, no one even seemed to acknowledge that Alesha had done anything wrong. This really bothered me. (hide spoiler)] The other main thing that bothered me was the bad philosophy of a 'balance' between good and evil. I don't buy the talk of 'going beyond good and evil'. Someone at the end of book says "Sometimes doing the wrong thing is just as important is doing the right thing," and this seems to be presented as part of the moral of the story. I find this really disturbing. How can you say that's it's good to do the wrong thing?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    Somebody: Nimrod, apowerful djinn and uncle to John and Phillipa Gaut.[ A Djinn is a powerfu being also known as a genie and can grant three wishes to any one who rubs their lamp] Wanted: He wanted justice to be done to the three evil djinn tribes and return the Solomon Grimoire back to the Blue Djinn of Babylon. But: A guard from the palace of the Blue Djinn of Babylon has "stolen" it and put a bond on the chidren so they couldn't move So: Nimrod and John go in search of Phillipa and the Solomon Somebody: Nimrod, apowerful djinn and uncle to John and Phillipa Gaut.[ A Djinn is a powerfu being also known as a genie and can grant three wishes to any one who rubs their lamp] Wanted: He wanted justice to be done to the three evil djinn tribes and return the Solomon Grimoire back to the Blue Djinn of Babylon. But: A guard from the palace of the Blue Djinn of Babylon has "stolen" it and put a bond on the chidren so they couldn't move So: Nimrod and John go in search of Phillipa and the Solomon Grimoire and if they don't find them the world will go into chaos and the world will be destroyed. ----------------------------Final-------------------------------------- A man named Nimrod is a Djinn which is the same thing as a genmie and they can grant three wishes to anyone who rubs their lamp. The three evil djinn tribes give bad luck to mundanes[mortals] and he wanted justice to be done to them. A guard from the palace of the Blue Djinn of Babylon "stole" the Solomon Grimoire. He also imobilized John and Phillipa and kidnapped Phillipa. Nimrod and John must find the Grimoire and see if it is actually stolen. They must find Phillipa and save the world. The mythological world collides with the real world and friends can't give up on each other, or else.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ordinary Dahlia

    Pelajaran tentang jin tingkat lanjutan ke-2 Pelajaran 1. Karena Jin terbuat dari api, ketika musim dingin kekuatan mereka melemah terutama anak-anak. Mereka akan tampak seperti anak normal lainnya. Jadi, hati-hati!!jangan tertipu dengan penampilan, sapa tau anak yang diam d pojokan sambil jilat2 lolipop segede gaban itu anak jin! Pelajaran 2. Buat yang doyan belanja, please kalo ke mall jangan terlalu banyak keinginan. Ternyata ini bisa menyakiti anak-anak jin marid! Mereka belum bisa mengendalika Pelajaran tentang jin tingkat lanjutan ke-2 Pelajaran 1. Karena Jin terbuat dari api, ketika musim dingin kekuatan mereka melemah terutama anak-anak. Mereka akan tampak seperti anak normal lainnya. Jadi, hati-hati!!jangan tertipu dengan penampilan, sapa tau anak yang diam d pojokan sambil jilat2 lolipop segede gaban itu anak jin! Pelajaran 2. Buat yang doyan belanja, please kalo ke mall jangan terlalu banyak keinginan. Ternyata ini bisa menyakiti anak-anak jin marid! Mereka belum bisa mengendalikan kekuatan (Ingat, jin aladin saja yang berusia ratusan cuma ngasih 3 permohonan?!) Pelajaran 3. Agar tidak mengundang perhatian, jin biasanya menggunakan kendaraan layaknya mundane atau manusia tapi bukan berarti mereka ga pernah pake karpet ajaib atau whirlwind lagi loooh... Pelajaran 4. Blue Jin itu selalu perempuan yah, jin aladin pasti palsu! Buanyaaaaaaaaaak lagih! Pokoknya buku ke-2 ini lebih seru! Kita d ajak mengembara dari satu tempat ke tempat yang lain diberbagai negara. Rasanya seperti nonton Indiana Jones, National Treasure, The Mummy, hmmm...sejenis film2 petualangan gitu deh. Bacalah temans! NB 1 : Thx u uyut...*hugs* NB 2 : Yeah kaum jadulers, g dah nonton Indiana Jones! *angkat dagu tinggi2*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    In this fun fantasy adventure tale, 12-year-old djinn (genie) twins John and Philippa are sent on a whirlwind (literally, the first part of their journey is via a magical whirlwind conjured by their uncle Nimrod) quest to retrieve the powerful and dangerous Solomon Grimoire, which has been reported stolen. The many twists and turns in the story lead them to Istanbul, Iraq, and French Guiana. It's a well-written tale filled with thrills, suspense, magic, cultural references (e.g., John Lennon and In this fun fantasy adventure tale, 12-year-old djinn (genie) twins John and Philippa are sent on a whirlwind (literally, the first part of their journey is via a magical whirlwind conjured by their uncle Nimrod) quest to retrieve the powerful and dangerous Solomon Grimoire, which has been reported stolen. The many twists and turns in the story lead them to Istanbul, Iraq, and French Guiana. It's a well-written tale filled with thrills, suspense, magic, cultural references (e.g., John Lennon and the Beatles), current affairs (e.g., the Iraq war), fascinating characters both good and evil, and plenty of humor. The author is also known as Philip Kerr, who wrote the Berlin Noir trilogy for adults, so he knows how to write a good thriller. In fact, he has said that thrillers are just children's books for adults, so it shouldn't be surprising that he is now writing fantasy thrillers for kids. This, the second entry in the "Children of the Lamp" series, stands on its own, but I think it's better to start with the first book, The Akhenaten Adventure. I'm eagerly looking forward to reading all the sequels. It looks like there are four more in the series. Yay!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Max

    When a powerful book of djinn magic goes missing, John and Philippa are called upon to retrieve it. Only, the book isn't really missing. The trap was set and Philippa is abducted by the Blue Djinn. In this latest installment of the twins' magical adventures, John and his uncle Nimrod must find Philippa before it's too late. This series is the best fiction series I have ever read, and most likely ever read! It is amazing how great these books are. This one's even better than the first. The Djinn When a powerful book of djinn magic goes missing, John and Philippa are called upon to retrieve it. Only, the book isn't really missing. The trap was set and Philippa is abducted by the Blue Djinn. In this latest installment of the twins' magical adventures, John and his uncle Nimrod must find Philippa before it's too late. This series is the best fiction series I have ever read, and most likely ever read! It is amazing how great these books are. This one's even better than the first. The Djinn worlds is growing ever so rapidly! The book of Solomon separates the twin djinn (genies) when Philippa is captured by her grandmother. John has to rescue her before she becomes completely indifferent to emotion. A fresh feel to fantasy--not everything has to be dragons and elves. There is a bit of the Unfortunate Events feel to the two main characters (the twins) in that they are often more clever than the adults around them. This works though because my students all believe this to be true in most cases! I really like the way that this author develops the djinn world and brings foreign countries to life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stef

    The Children of the Lamp series (I've "read" book one and book two on audio-book ... very good audio-presenter!) and am impressed. Great adventure series that's just plain FUN! The author doesn't treat childrens' imagination as though they are idiots (as many other writers can) and understands that kids can follow intertwining story lines with ease. The books are fun for adults and kids alike. The author creates a wonderful lightly-"historical" world that treats the child reader's intelligence w The Children of the Lamp series (I've "read" book one and book two on audio-book ... very good audio-presenter!) and am impressed. Great adventure series that's just plain FUN! The author doesn't treat childrens' imagination as though they are idiots (as many other writers can) and understands that kids can follow intertwining story lines with ease. The books are fun for adults and kids alike. The author creates a wonderful lightly-"historical" world that treats the child reader's intelligence with respect! Fabu adventure! If your child isn't a big reader, I recommend the audio-book (definitely) for the car or parent/child time together...love this series. I also recommend Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness) - haven't read the next book yet - and The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice). Both of these books are a little "spooky", but very good! If your kids can read HP book 4...then they'll be fine with these books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Doris

    In this second book about djinn twins John and Philippa, Gaunt, they face some hard choices, such as when to use djinn powers and when not. They are introduced here to their "peers", the younger djinns from around the world, but for the most part they don't get along. Part of that is the 'mundane' upbringing of the twins, and part is due to their heritage - they are from the 'good luck' djinns, and many of the others are from the 'bad luck' djinns. During a tournament, Philippa is unfairly accuse In this second book about djinn twins John and Philippa, Gaunt, they face some hard choices, such as when to use djinn powers and when not. They are introduced here to their "peers", the younger djinns from around the world, but for the most part they don't get along. Part of that is the 'mundane' upbringing of the twins, and part is due to their heritage - they are from the 'good luck' djinns, and many of the others are from the 'bad luck' djinns. During a tournament, Philippa is unfairly accused and convicted of cheating, and this shock compels her to offer her help when a powerful book of djinn magic goes missing. From there, the twins get separated, and the remainder of the story deals with the missing book and the reuniting of the twins, along with a nice touch about the dogs, Neil and Alan. This series is well written and, even though I dislike some of the manipulation in the story, it is told in a way that shows that bad luck happens, and bad things do happen to good people. Excellent story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Whitman

    It all started with Philippa Gaunt playing DJINNVERSOCTOANNULAR, and catching the Eye of Ayesha, the Present Blue Djinn, a powerful Djinn who is above Good and evil, and has the hardest hardest heart of Any djinn. It is then reported that the Solomon Grimoire book has been stolen, with the power to have power over all djinn! Philippa and her twin, John, embark on a quest to save it. but it turns out it is all a elaborate hoax to get phillappa as Ayesha's successor. John must save his sister befo It all started with Philippa Gaunt playing DJINNVERSOCTOANNULAR, and catching the Eye of Ayesha, the Present Blue Djinn, a powerful Djinn who is above Good and evil, and has the hardest hardest heart of Any djinn. It is then reported that the Solomon Grimoire book has been stolen, with the power to have power over all djinn! Philippa and her twin, John, embark on a quest to save it. but it turns out it is all a elaborate hoax to get phillappa as Ayesha's successor. John must save his sister before she is lost... I thought that this book was kind of boring to be honest. There was no scheme by a evil genius to take over the world like in the other books. HE could have added a little more suspense. we kind of knew what would happen, and there was no twist ending, or any twists at all!! and it didn't really add to the storyline, you could have skipped the book and not be confused while reading the other books. It was good writing, but not a good plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva Inzu

    pengulangan beberapa poin untuk mengingatkan atau menginformasikan sedikit terlalu banyak, menurut saya, mungkin karena saya membaca buku pertama dan kedua berturutan. Jadi saya kurang toleran untuk hal ini. Dalam buku kedua ini humor cerdas dan peribahasa yang digunakan mengalir dengan mengesalkan.. haha.. ini menyenangkan, khas tulisan seorang Inggris. Dan saya jadi nge-fans dengan Mr. Groanin dengan ciri khas seorang Inggris kolot, yang biasanya digambarkan dengan suka mengeluh, mengomel untuk pengulangan beberapa poin untuk mengingatkan atau menginformasikan sedikit terlalu banyak, menurut saya, mungkin karena saya membaca buku pertama dan kedua berturutan. Jadi saya kurang toleran untuk hal ini. Dalam buku kedua ini humor cerdas dan peribahasa yang digunakan mengalir dengan mengesalkan.. haha.. ini menyenangkan, khas tulisan seorang Inggris. Dan saya jadi nge-fans dengan Mr. Groanin dengan ciri khas seorang Inggris kolot, yang biasanya digambarkan dengan suka mengeluh, mengomel untuk alasan apapun, namun tetap berjiwa ksatria. Jika Anda membaca Enid Blyton seri Pasukan Mau Tahu, Mr. Groanin mengingatkan kita pada Mr. Goon, namun untuk karakter Mr. Groanin ada sisi baiknya sedang sangat disayangkan Mr. Goon tidak (terkadang saya pikir Enid Blyton terlalu kasar memberi gambaran karakter seseorang) Saya akan membaca buku ketiga nya beberapa waktu ke depan, antusiasme saya sedikit menurun untuk seri ini.. biar tidak monoton ;-)

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