Speaking of Samarkand
The first one is The Amululet of Samarkand. They're pretty good IIRC.
Ah right, that was one of the books I started and gave up after a bit. Happened with Eldest and Inkspell too. But perhaps I'll try Amulet again sometime, once I'm through with the mammoth adventure that is A Song of Ice and Fire.
Made it through Eldest, didn't bother with the others. Haven't red Inkspell or A Song of Ice and Fire. To the library!
Don't bother with the Ink- series, IMO, but Ice and Fire is definitely worth it.