Abarat: Absolute Midnight

( 45 )

Overview

The darkest hour draws near. . . .

As Candy Quackenbush travels through the magical islands of Abarat and across the Sea of Izabella, horror looms on the horizon. But how can Candy hide when trouble finds her wherever she goes?

She soon discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming the ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$18.47
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$24.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $5.74   
  • New (7) from $14.64   
  • Used (4) from $5.74   
Abarat: Absolute Midnight

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price
Note: Visit our Teens Store.

Overview

The darkest hour draws near. . . .

As Candy Quackenbush travels through the magical islands of Abarat and across the Sea of Izabella, horror looms on the horizon. But how can Candy hide when trouble finds her wherever she goes?

She soon discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming the Empress of the Islands. Her method is simple.

She will darken the skies. She will obliterate the suns, moons, and stars.

She will bring Absolute Midnight.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived.

This middle volume has the strengths and flaws of its predecessors. Heroine Candy Quackenbush and evil Mater Motley continue to take center stage, and both continue to be vehicles rather than fully fleshed characters. Mater Motley furthermore turns out to be a pawn for the Nephauree, a Lovecraftian race of tentacled creatures from elsewhere who have in mind the utter destruction of the Abarat. Candy gets a love-at-first-sight subplot devoid of emotional resonance, based as it is in neither conversation nor interaction. The sometimes lovely, often purple prose is peppered with corny dialogue (declarations of love while facing death; "comic" bickering between John Mischief and his brothers, who are heads on his antlers). True moments of terror (Candy's alcoholic father as the preacher of a church powered by Abaratian evil) vie for attention with the flora and fauna of Abarat and the adventures of a chosen one who conveniently always has the right spell, in what is either an homage to fantasy tropes or a glaring example of the stereotype. Barker's powerful, often unpleasant illustrations continue to play off the text, sometimes confusingly—captions and more careful placement of images would help readers make the connections.

All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060291716
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Abarat Series , #3
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 224,420
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.56 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Barker

Clive Barker is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty books for adults and children. He is also a widely acclaimed artist, film producer, screenwriter, and director. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Biography

Nothing ever begins....Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden among them is a filigree that will with time become a world.

It must be arbitrary, then, the place at which we choose to embark.

Somewhere between a past half forgotten and a future as yet only glimpsed."

And here is as good a place as any to begin with Clive Barker, the author of strange and scary stories such as the novel that begins above, Weaveworld. Barker is probably best known as the creator of the Hellraiser franchise -- which began with the novella The Hellbound Heart; later became the 1987 horror classic that Barker directed; and was then a comic from 1989-1994. He accomplished the print-to-film-to-comic trifecta again with Nightbreed, the film version of which was released in 1990.

Barker drew attention with his early '80s story volumes, Books of Blood. His first novel, The Damnation Game, not only put him on a par authors such as Stephen King but earned praise from those same authors. He is widely admired for weaving into his scary stories complex themes about human nature and desires.

In addition to crafting his signature novels, a chilling amalgam of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, Barker is an accomplished artist. (His comic Ectokids is in development as a movie project at Nickelodeon.) He has also written for children -- a fact that surprises readers familiar only with his disturbing adult oeuvre. But, in fact, his children's tales (The Thief of Always, Abarat, etc.) are among his most imaginative.

No matter what his audience or medium, Barker's stories are effective because it's clear that he takes his work, and his genre, very seriously -- and expects the same from his audience. In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, he told us "[Fantasy and horror] liberate us into a world in which our frustrations and our repressions can take an exoticized form, rendering them more safely and also, if we dare, more approachable."

Read More Show Less
    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      Liverpool University
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 45 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(29)

4 Star

(12)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(2)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 45 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 4, 2011

    star rating for Nook version only

    I can't wait to read this book! I'm a huge Barker fan and have loved the first two installments of this series. One of the huge draws of this series is that it is filled with illustrations from Clive himself. The electronic Nook version is void of said illustrations. That is too bad being that Clive himself has said that the illustrations are there to help immerse us in the world he has created and to give us the visual representations of what he saw as he created it. I do not know if this will be rectified in future editions of the ebook but for now, if you want the full experience; go for the hardcover version. I say this with a sad heart as my nook has become a part of me and I love the convenience it has afforded me.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 10, 2011

    I liked it...

    I waited 7 years for this book and it is NOT what I expected. If you've followed the series, then everything you think will happen, doesn't. Clive Barker completely blindsides the readers many times and I'm not sure how I feel about that. So many things happen so randomly and abruptly, that the book just seems...confusing sometimes. I found myself flipping back to see if I missed something because some developments were just so fast. Also, I'm completely unsure of how I feel about the ending... A fantasy book is fantasy, but the author needs to stick to the rules they laid out in their fantasy world, and I really don't think Barker did that. Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book. But beware of some very odd, unexpected, and mind-bending things to happen. But, you have to read it to judge for yourself.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    must read

    fantastic read. I enjoyed reading this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 30, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    It's here!

    This series, though aimed at the "young adult" age group, is wonderful even later in life. The dark and twisted villains that plague our heroine bring a creep factor, while her friends bring a lighter, quirky side to the story. With inventive world-building and excellent characters (none of which are fully developed, giving them all an aura of mystery and plenty of room to grow), the third book is sure to be as delicious as the previous two.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Finally

    I have been waiting for ever for this!!! You know this series has to be good if there are people sitting around waiting about 8years for book three to come out in the series!!! I started reading the Abarat series when I was 15years old and here I am 22years old still super excited after all the wait. These books are amazing!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    A lot of Pages for Little Satisfaction

    I enjoy the series, I really do. It is exciting, unique, and has a very Alice-in-Wonderland feel to it, in the sense that Candy, the main character has tumbled into a world of magic and madness that is completely extraordinary. And this third part in the series completely lives up to the previous two.

    So I like it, but there are to things stopping me from "loving" the Abarat series. One, that for some reason I haven't really formed an emotional attachment to the main character(s). I can't explain that, and it might be just me, so don't let that stop you from reading the books. My second complaint, though, is the ending of each book. Don't get me wrong, I love that there is an overarching plot for the whole series, tying the books together, and I enjoy a good cliff-hanger now and again, but it would be nice to actually glean some satisfaction from finishing each of these books. Each time I complete one I am left frustrated and unfulfilled. Which wouldn't be so bad, I suppose, if they had all been published. But regardless, there is no sense of finality or accomplishment. It just feels like the story will NEVER end. And by the third book I was starting to really wish that it would.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Excellent Book...FINALLY

    So happy to final continue on Candy's journey. If you read the others, you will NOT be disappointed!! One note....DO NOT buy this for your Nook. Spend the extra $1.00 and change. NO illustrations, which fill the Hard Copy, are included in the Nook download. VERY DISAPPOINTING, should have been a warning BEFORE the download. BLAH!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 28, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Awesome!

    I am so pleased this book is finally out! This is a wonderful series and it has been too long since volume two. I hope (and imagine it would be so) that this volume is filled with the paintings Clive Barker did for the illustrations as were the first two volumes. They added so much to the feel of the story. Considering Clive Barker is so well known for his skin crawling horror novels like the Books of Blood and the Hellbound Heart this is more a fantasy with horror elements, closer to the Thief of Always. This is totally worth getting if you haven't already started the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Must read!

    I wanted to jump on the "I started reading these when I was 15 and now I'm 22" train. Except my name isn't Felicia. :(

    But seriously, can't wait for this book! The first two were simply amazing!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Deadlines can kiss my a**

    i dont care how long Barker takes as long as he isnt just putting the story off. I can tell he is goning to make this one the best so far! i super pumped...and to those who say"I cant even remember what happened in the last two books" reread them!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 7, 2011

    bigtime barker fan

    Really looking forward to anything new by Barker. I already know it will ROCK!!! Barker will write on HIS schedule, not some demanding reader's...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Sophie

    If violin counts as a sport, VIOLIN!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    SDA

    Well I have been in a lot of sports, ranging from dance, soccer, basketball and figure skating, to martial arts and volleyball. I hate Kung Fu even if I have a natural talent at it and my parents won't let me quit (I've been in it over four years). I like soccer but I love volleyball. I am pretty good and it never gets old.--- SDA ;-)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Jake Walton Part 22

    Hey guys. I dont know what happened but i had finished writing this part and it didnt even poat it so thats why it is taking so long. Qotp: Fav electronic? Mines my phone. Ok comments at gods res. 2! Next part at water res. 2! I will post that part as soon as i can. Thanks guys.---I wake up. I look around and see that i'm the only one up. I sit up in the bed that I shared with Sienna the previous night. I quietly lift the covers off of me and put my feet on the soft carpet beside the bed. I walk across the room as quietly as i can to the large window. I open the curtains an inch so I could see through. First, i notice the buildings. They look amazing with the sun just peeking above the horizon. Pink, orange, red, yellow, dark blue and dark purple are showing in the sky. I recognize it as dawn. I then look down at the street and see how silent it is. You never knew the Las Vegas strip could be so quite. There is a couch before the window. I sit on the couch and stare out the window. After a while, i feel a soft, small hand go onto my shoulder. I turn around and see Sienna. She is dressed in her clothes from yesterday and her hair is perfect. I bet i look messy so i try to straighten my hair with my hands. She giggles softly and sits down beside me on the couch. I wrap my arm around her and she lays her head on my shoulder. She looks up at me and I look down at her. I had never noticed her eyes before. They were a beautiful (i mean drop dead gorgeous) twinkling blue. They were as blue as the Pacific. I studied her eyes more and realized it had pinches of green in them. She looks at me funny and we both laugh. We kiss. Its a soft kiss. We let our lips seperate and she puts her head on my shoulder again. We talk silently for a bit. "This sunrise is very beautiful." I start. "Yes. It is. Hey Jake?" She asks me. "Yes?" I answer. "Did you really want to ask me out or did you do it because of John and Sam?" I stare at her for a moment. "Sienna. I really do love you. Do you not believe me?" I ask her. "No I believe you." She says. "How did you find out about John?" I say questionally. "On the plane. I overheard you guys talk about John but not you." She says. Danget, i tell myself. "Do you love me back Sienna? And tell the truth." "Yes of course! Im sorry i doubted you. I was just curious." She says. I kiss her and she realizes that is my accepting of her apology. Later, everyone starts to wake. We all take turns in the bathroom changing and taking showers. Once we are all done, we grab our stuff and head out of the hotel. "Ok where to now?" Grover asks. "Well we need a car." I say. Everyone agrees. "Lets go find a car rental place." Sam says. "We could drive to Los Angeles." John says. "Good idea but where is the closest car rental place?" Percy asks. "I have an idea where we could go. Just act like tourists when we walk there ok it is all the way on the other side of the Las Vegas strip." "Why?" Grover asks. "We might run into unexpected visitors." john sahs. "Yep thats exactly why." Sienna says. We start heading down the strip. We look around at all of the amazing looking hotels. We pass by the Lotus Casino. We walk a little quickly in fromt of that hotel. Once we reach the end of the strip we see a little rental car place. We walk about three miles to get there. Once we reavh it we look at the cars outside and see one we want to get. We open the door and walk inside. I stare at the person who is behind the counter.---Thanks guys!! •JW :)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Sam

    Volley ball definitly - Sam

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    What a twist!

    Like many others, I am sure, I spent many years awaiting the release of this book, and it most certainly did not let me down. Clive Barker pulls the rug out from beneath our feet with each new page. I can promise you that this book is not like the others, but it still captivated me. This story brings us to an Abarat filled with darkness, despair, the Hag, Candy, and all of her friends.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Abarat: Absolute Midnight

    I absoluty loved the first and second book, but this one goes off that track. Its somewhat poorly written with a bunch of places that left me confused about how something happened. Also, scenes are stretched out much too long, which gets boring, while other scenes happen much too fast and dont give enough information! Wonderful series, but i was greatly disapointed by this book....i hope book 4 is better.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Ok, this is weird

    Felicia M, my name is Felicia, and my middle name begins with M. Not only that, but I started reading these when I was 15, and I am also now 22. I have been waiting for this forever, and am so excited about this. Sorry weird coincidence there....

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Years of Love!

    I read the first book in this series in 6th grade. I read the second in eighth, and now as I am entering college I will read the third. I am so excited because this book is sure to be amazing and wonderful and i look forward to more threads of the story starting to come together and How Finnegan and Princess Boa will interact (if at all).

    My biggest worry (Barker can take his time) is that he might die before he finishes the series.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Can't wait but...

    The first 2 books were great and i know this one will be two but has anyone bothered to wonder how the illustrations will turn out. Has anyone eles ever swiped over to the next page in a book and been on the same page, according to the page numbers in the top right corner or read one page and swiped over to a page and had the texxt end in the middle of the page like it's the end of the chapter but it's not. How will the full page illustrations look with on here? And what about the ones that are at the tops of two pages?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 45 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)