Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War (British edition)

Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War (British edition)

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by Clive Barker
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780007100453
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Series:
Abarat Series, #2
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Abarat: Days Of Magic, Nights Of War (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 110 reviews.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
Abarat felt like an old fashioned travelogue, a book written solely to describe the people and the places that Candy encountered in her travels. Instead of advancing a story, the focus of each new chapter was seemingly to top the one before in terms of magic, weirdness, and the surreal. I found that I could put it down for weeks at a time (something I've never been able to do with a Barker book before), pick it back up, and effortlessly resume mid-paragraph. Not only that, but it felt . . . well, childish. I realise it's meant as a young adult read, but so was The Thief of Always, and that was an all-night, single-setting read for me. Fortunately, it seems Barker got the `Disney' out of his system with Abarat, and is back to doing what he does best with Days of Magic, Nights of War. It's still a story of magic, weirdness, and the surreal, but it's just that - a real story. Here, we get into the thick of the plot, exploring who Candy really is, what brought her to the Abarat, and what role she has to play in its future. Things actually happen in this second volume, and there are consequences for all of it. What's more, this is a much darker story than the first, allowing Barker's imagination to shine. The first book hinted at the evils of Christopher Carrion, and showed us glimpses of Mater Motley's cruelty, but really restrained them. Here, Barker lets them loose, exposing their plans for the Abarat, and confronting us with the depths of their hatred, their cruelty, and their selfish vindictiveness. There's a very real tension to this volume, a palatable sense of dread and danger that was missing from the first. As a result, I felt an emotional attachment to the characters that I hadn't been able to form in the first, compelling me to read on, to cheer their triumphs, and to mourn their losses. I also liked the fact that we returned to the `real' world in this book. I think it was the development of events outside the Abarat, and the progression of the stories there added something to the book I didn't realise was lacking. Maybe it's the contrast, or maybe it's the connection, but returning to Chickentown turned this from a good read to a great one. There's still a wonderful fairy tale of fable feel to the Abarat, especially with the developing backstory and the new aspects of the mythology, and I hope Barker never loses that. However, I like this darker turn towards events of significance, and I really hope Absolute Midnight carries that forward. Of course, if you've read the series then you understand that the title alone promises things aren't about to get happy any time soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great CliveBarker book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazingly unique. Barker's ability to create and to inspire the imagination makes for a thrilling book. The language may start out a bit simple, but once the story gets rolling you find yourself lost in this book. I would recomend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its nice to get away sometimes and be a part of a different world, the books of Abarat definitely do that, strange worlds, strange combinations in animals and some people, just read and let your imagination do the work.
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"So, you want to be my boyfriend?!" She asked in disbelief. Gtg. Bbt in 1 hour and 30 minutes or less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! The whole series is captivating and imaginative. I read all three books in a weeks time. I can't wait for books 4 and 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this was the best book of the series so far. I ate the whole thing up in a week (which is the speed of light, reading wise for me). Although I recommend that as you read this copy of the book, try to find the illustrations somehow (although coming up with your images as well is fun). I believe they are on Clive Barker's website. (***Possible Spoilers***) The Good: -The Pacing—all the events happen with just the perfect amount of detail, dialogue, and action making the book a delightful breeze to read. There isn't ever a time when the book drags. -Characters—If you read the first book, which is sort of mandatory to understand some detail in the book, such as Candy, Malingo, Christopher Carrion, Kasper Wolfswinkel, The Mischief Brother's, and all the other great character's, are brought to life on the page and their stories carry on so to me they were sort of like long lost friends. -Plot—the plot flows flawlessly and most questions are answered, but others aren't which will in upcoming books. -Writing Style The Bad: The only bad parts of this book is sometimes during some scenes like when Candy is fighting The Criss-Cross Man with the monkey Filth or when she is fighting the dragon like-creatures (I forgot their true names) on the boat can get rather confusing. Beside that I couldn't find any other bad things. I HIGHLY recommend you BUY THIS BOOK!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The journey into the fantastic world that Abarat is continues! This book was an excellent continuation. I highly suggest that you buy and read!
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Cat_LoverOR More than 1 year ago
I have read many books by Clive Barker and picked this series up thinking it was his usual "Adult" novel. While it is geared toward teens and young adults, it is just as good as his hard core stuff. Definately worth the money and I will be getting Book 3 shortly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Abarat series is one of my favorites, made many friends read them and not one was let down. I also recommended them to some of my students who also fell in love. Its all about the paintings!! they are really amazing. cant wait to read the next 3 books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It really is a beautiful book. All of Clive Barkers paintings that are about the story are in it as well as his poetry. The characters you will just love to love and love to hate. Barker created a very stunning world and it really is hard to put the book down.
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Cydney Szypula More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker has written many great books but by my opion, this series is the bets work hes done! I absolutely love how he made Candy's personality so independant and strong minded and fierce! Gorgossium's residents dont stand a chance!!!!!!!!
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