Imajica: Featuring New Illustrations and an Appendix

Imajica: Featuring New Illustrations and an Appendix

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by Clive Barker, Richard Kirk

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From master storyteller Clive Barker comes an epic tale of myth, magic, and forbidden passion—complete with new illustrations and a new Appendix.

Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master


From master storyteller Clive Barker comes an epic tale of myth, magic, and forbidden passion—complete with new illustrations and a new Appendix.

Imajica is an epic beyond compare: vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. At its heart lies the sensualist and master art forger, Gentle, whose life unravels when he encounters Judith Odell, whose power to influence the destinies of men is vaster than she knows, and Pie 'oh' pah, an alien assassin who comes from a hidden dimension.

That dimension is one of five in the great system called Imajica. They are worlds that are utterly unlike our own, but are ruled, peopled, and haunted by species whose lives are intricately connected with ours. As Gentle, Judith, and Pie 'oh' pah travel the Imajica, they uncover a trail of crimes and intimate betrayals, leading them to a revelation so startling that it changes reality forever.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
Exhilarating...[a] masterpiece.
Washington Post Book World
Rich in plot twists, byzantine intrigues and hidden secrets, Imajica is a Chinese puzzle box constructed on a universal scale...Barker has an unparalleled talent for envisioning other worlds.
New York Daily News
Wonderfully entertaining...Clive Barker is a magician of the first order.
Atlanta Journal
L.A. Life
Barker's most ambitious work to date...rapturously full of emtions.
Book World Washington Post
"Rich in plot twists, Byzantine intrigues, and hidden secrets, Imajica is a Chinese Puzzle book constructed on a universal scale...Barker has an unparalleled talent for envisioning other worlds."
Kirkus Reviews
Dazzling metaphysical epic-adventure as Barker surpasses his previous ground-breaking work (The Great and Secret Show, 1989, etc.) to reconfigure the Fall and to imagine a modern-day attempt to reverse it. A complex cosmology underpins the vigorous, at times horrific, action here: "Imajica" is the known universe of five "Dominions," or parallel worlds, four "reconciled" but the fifth, Earth, "unreconciled"—unaware of the other four, of the tyrannical "Autarch" who rules them, and of the "God Hapeximendios," who oversees all five (and who wrested "His" power from the "Goddesses" of old). Periodically, Hapeximendios has sent His "sons"—including Christ—to attempt to unite, by magical rites, the Fifth Dominion to the others. The last attempted "Reconciliation" ended in catastrophe—an invasion of Earth by hellish powers—and today magic has been nearly eradicated from Earth by a "Society" that alone knows of the Imajica and of the catastrophe. The densely woven story here opens with a jealous man venturing into London's dankest slum to hire an assassin to kill his estranged wife, Judith; the assassin turns out to be a "mystif," a fabulous creature from the Second Dominion, capable of appearing as the erotic ideal of any who behold it. As the mystif hunts Judith, it in turn is hunted by Judith's former lover, "Gentle," who in time learns that he is the new "Reconciler"—and the mystif his long-forgotten servant. Undertaking dangerous, splendor-filled journeys through the other Dominions, Gentle and the mystif fall in love, marry, and encounter numerous fantastic creatures and, finally, death; later, Gentle helps dethrone the Autarch, learns the chilling secretof his and Judith's origin, helps free the Goddesses and slay God, and, back on Earth, inspires the destruction of the Society and undertakes Reconciliation—with hell-borne, then heaven-sent, results. An astonishing feat of the imagination, immensely engrossing despite its demanding—at times indulgent—length, running riot with ideas, fantastical inventions, graphic sex and violence, soul- terrors, and emotional and intellectual resonances. Barker's best yet.

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Chapter One

From Book I
The Fifth Dominion

It Was The Pivotal Teaching of Pluthero Quexos, the most celebrated dramatist of the Second Dominion, that in any fiction, no matter how ambitious its scope or profound its theme, there was only ever room for three players. Between warring kings, a peacemaker; between adoring spouses, a seducer or a child. Between twins, the spirit of the womb. Between lovers, Death. Greater numbers might drift through the drama, of course — thousands in fact — but they could only ever be phantoms, agents, or, on rare occasions, reflections of the three real and self-willed beings who stood at the center. And even this essential trio would not remain intact; or so he taught. It would steadily diminish as the story unfolded, three becoming two, two becoming one, until the stage was left deserted.

Needless to say, this dogma did not go unchallenged. The writers of fables and comedies were particularly vociferous in their scorn, reminding the worthy Quexos that they invariably ended their own tales with a marriage and a feast. He was unrepentant. He dubbed them cheats and told them they were swindling their audiences out of what he called the last great procession, when, after the wedding songs had been sung and the dances danced, the characters took their melancholy way off into darkness, following each other into oblivion.

It was a hard philosophy, but he claimed it was both immutable and universal, as true in the Fifth Dominion, called Earth, as it was in the Second.

And more significantly, as certain in life as it was inart.

Chapter One

From Book II
The Reconciliation

Like The Theater District Of so many great cities across the Imajica, whether in Reconciled Dominions or in the Fifth, the neighborhood in which the Ipse stood had been a place of some notoriety in earlier times, when actors of both sexes had supplemented their wages with the old five-acter — hiring, retiring, seduction, conjunction, and remittance — all played hourly, night and day. The center of these activities had moved away, however, to the other side of the city, where the burgeoning numbers of middle-class clients felt less exposed to the gaze of their peers out seeking more respectable entertainment. Lickerish Street and its environs had sprung up in a matter of months and quickly became the third richest Kesparate in the city, leaving the theater district to decline into legitimacy.

Perhaps because it was of so little interest to people, it had survived the traumas of the last few hours better than most Kesparates its size. It had seen some action. General Mattalaus' battalions had passed through its streets going south to the causeway, where rebels were attempting to build a makeshift bridge across the delta; and later a party of families from the Caramess had taken refuge in Koppocovi's Rialto. But no barricades had been erected, and none of the buildings burned. The Deliquium would meet the morning intact. Its survival, however, would not be accorded to general disinterest; rather to the presence at its perimeter of Pale Hill, a site which was neither a hill nor pale, but a circle of remembrance in the center of which lay a well, used from time immemorial as a repository for the corpses of executed men, suicides, paupers, and, on occasion, romantics who favored rotting in such company. Tomorrow's rumors would whisper that the ghosts of these forsaken souls had risen to defend their terrain, preventing the vandals and the barricade builders from destroying the Kesparate by haunting the steps of the Ipse and the Rialto and howling in the streets like dogs maddened from chasing the comet's tail.

Meet the Author

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1952
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Liverpool University

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Imajica: Featuring New Illustrations and an Appendix 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would read Imajica before bed and end up staying up all night because I couldn't put it down. I was totally caught up in the characters and the worlds that were created, I actually missed it when I was done.
nook_vader More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker is incredible and Imajica is one of his best. I would try to describe it, but i would not do it the justice it deserves. Trust me when I say you will not regret reading this book, for me it was my second time and it just got better with age.
SoCalMom More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker sure knows how to give his stories life: with breath and pulse, and with each page, he draws you deeper and deeper into their embrace (it's really hard to pull away). Although, I'm happy to say, Imajica is one I'd never pull away from. From beginning to end I was absolutely consumed by Barker's story telling. My unwillingness to put the book down left me a little sleep deprived, but it was well worth it. And I'd be willing to do it again and again and again. Kudos Mr. Barker! I think this book is down right perfection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most incredible books I have read in my 40 or so years of avid reading. I have never been moved by charecters in any novel as I have in Imajica. Although I have not read this book in many years, I read it multiple times in Hardcover when it was released, and the story and it's charecters have been ingrained in my mind and heart from a young age. I have been wondering when it would get released on the Nook and as I purused for a new book to read there it was and my heart leaped with joy. I am ready to once again enjoy this epic journey I have not taken in far too many years. Thank you Mr. Barker and thank you BN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book back in '91 and it is still my favorite over 10 years later. All of Clive Barkers books have been great, but this one is the best. This book ranks number one, right above Stephen King¿s gunslinger series, which is right above Tolkens Lord of the rings. If you like epic adventures this is a great one... that's just my opinion though... see for yourself.
2Ply More than 1 year ago
I have read this book about three times. I love to re-visit the Imajica and all of the characters and their journey. I've read a lot of Clive Barker books and this is my favorite. Nothing compares to it. Clive Barker has a vivid imagination. He knows how to weave a story. You can go as far as your imagination will take you with this book. It is a long read, but so worth it.
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Lou_DeVille More than 1 year ago
Barker does an excellent job in creating this world and his writing is tremendous, however, it just wasn't up my alley. I put it down after the first book and went on to other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful prose the likes of which Clive Barker has never reached and will be extremely hard-pressed to surmount. If this is not the greatest work of his life, the work which eventually proves to be such shall doubtlessly win the hearts and minds of every literate being of this Dominion and each previously unknown dominion as well. Truly beatiful work, born of an incredible mind. May Barker never cease in his endeavours to captivate us all, leaving awe-inspired fans in the wake of his divine writings for decades to come (hopefully longer).
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Favorite book ever. Changed my life !
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This is my second time reading this book and I never read a book twice. I read at least a book a week and prefer larger volume stories as opposed to quick reads. Reading is my addiction and it says a lot to me that I actually am reading this again. I love the characters and their world. Their egos, mistakes and regrets make them seem so much more real. Clive Barker is one of the best writers ever. If you enjoy his books then try George R R Martin, Terry Brooks, and Dianna Gabaldon too.
PendulumDC More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this book.  Clive Barker is a fantastic writer and does a wonderful job of painting great pictures in your mind of other worlds.  This book is fantasy/horror/romance all in one.  This book is a great headtrip!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this many yrs ago on hardcover. I' d hate to say how long ago, easily more then 10 yrs ago. I am happy to find it on the nook. I might have to buy itagain to experience it again. It was a fun world to become part of. My copy was borrowed & never returned sadly, I had thought of it often. Enjoy reading!
CS7 More than 1 year ago
In the proper sense of the word, one of the most fantastic stories I've ever read -- on par with Dante's Divine Comedy in imagination.
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