REVIEW: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

The Amulet of Samarkand tells the story of a young apprentice named Nathaniel, who becomes fed up with constantly being underestimated and humiliated by his Master. In Stroud’s London, the government is composed of immensely powerful Magicians whose main source of power comes from the summoning of Demons (also called Djinni). Seeking revenge, he secretly summons …

Happy April Fools Day

As many of you have noticed, Shur’tugal did not escape April Fools Day untouched this year. Continuing in our yearly tradition of pranking our visitors in either a subtle or not-so-subtle way, we turned the entire website bright pink and added a Hello Kitty twist to the website’s theme. Thankfully, this was only a temporary prank …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. FOUNDER

I’d like to take a moment and, on behalf of all the staff members of this site, wish our fearless leader, Mike Macauley a Happy Birthday. Back in 2004, Mike was only 14 when the site opened, now he’s turning the ripe old age of 20. Mike probably isn’t the most thrilled that people even mention …