There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother, Mater Motley, suspects that whatever Candy is, she could spoil their plans to take control of the Abarat.
Now Candy's companions must race against time to save her from the clutches of Carrion, and she must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.
A final war is about to begin. And Candy is going to need to make some choices that will change her life forever.
Don't miss any of the magic in the world of Abarat.
©2004 Clive Barker; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Barker lovingly and graphically describes the wonders of a magical world, and his vivid scenes of near captures, deaths, and a climactic sea battle that ends in Chickentown will keep readers on the edge of their seats." (Booklist)
This sequel picks up where the first book, Abarat, left off. I would recommend reading the first book before this one. Candy Quackenbush continues to travel without much guidance or reason to many different islands. She meets many new and interesting characters and puts her life in jeopardy on several occasions. Meanwhile, she is slowly (and I mean slowly!) discovering what purpose she really has with the Abarat. You should know this is only book two of a four part series; however, the last two books have yet to be published. Like book one, it ends with much still to be resolved. I doubt I’ll read or listen to anymore of this series. It was interesting enough, but the predictability of this story became its undoing for me. I am a big Clive Barker fan, but this is not his best work.
The Abarat series bears similarity to The Harry Potter. It's a very imaginatice story and that enjoyably for children and adults.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
If Clive Barker's first book in this series was designed to introduce the world of the Abarat, this sequel digs even deeper into some of the darkness that exists there. In addition to listening to the audio book, I also purchased a hardback copy of the book. Barker illustrates the entire story with the most amazing--and disturbing--images. The story stands up well on its own, but the illustrations take the story to another level that is just creepy--and brilliant!
"A Magical Journey"
I've been an on-off fan of Clive Barker for many years, loving some of his books like Weaveworld and feeling a bit lukewarm about others like Galilee so I wasn't sure what to expect with his foray into children's literature, Arabat. What took me by surprise was the magical quality of the story and the wonderful descriptive narrative about the parallel world of Arabat. The discipline of writing for children was obviously good for Barker; the book is scary, but not gruesome horror, romantic but without the gratuitous sex scenes of many of his novels - a really good tale. Candy, the John Brothers and a host of amusing characters made the journey through Arabat an exciting and enjoyable one and when the story ended I couldn't wait to see "what happened next" so I downloaded the next instalment, Days of Magic, Nights of War, which is a great listen as well. Richard Ferrone's narration was good, not great, but the action and enchantment of the story carried you away and any quibbles about voice were forgotten in the excitement of moment. Definitely a great listen and I can't wait for the next instalment of the story.
I found this book a sruggle to read which is why I decided to get it on audio. It did help me to get to the end of the book and I have now got the last book in the series. I did find the reader a bit off putting however as their vice was not really to my liking. That is just my opinion however, others may disagree x
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