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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War All Things In Their TimeCandy Quackenbush S Adventures In The Abarat Are Getting Stranger By The Hour Why Has The Lord Of Midnight Sent His Henchman After Her Why Can She Suddenly Speak Words Of Magic Why Is This World Familiar Candy And Her Companions Must Solve The Mystery Of Her Past Before The Forces Of Night And Day Clash And Absolute Midnight Descends Upon The IslandsA Final War Is About To Begin Published in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers, this is the second installation to the Books Of Abarat quartet of novels Following on from the imaginative and beautifully magical first book of the Abarat, Barker has delivered a longer and just as inspiring novel running for a total of 491 pages Within these pages are literally hundreds of oil paintings done by Barker himself, to illustrate the novel as the story unfolds These illustrations are again printed in full colour on thick, glossy pa Published in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers, this is the second installation to the Books Of Abarat quartet of novels Following on from the imaginative and beautifully magical first book of the Abarat, Barker has delivered a longer and just as inspiring novel running for a total of 491 pages Within these pages are literally hundreds of oil paintings done by Barker himself, to illustrate the novel as the story unfolds These illustrations are again printed in full colour on thick, glossy pages for the hardback version With such beautifully painted illustrations it is very advisable to purchase this hardback version, rather than waiting for the release of the cheaper paperback Barker s impressive imagination shows no bounds as you are taken on a journey through the wonderful world of his limitless mind His characterization is superb, delivering such vivid and well presented characters in the ever unfolding twists and turns of the novel s plot The storyline is layered with many depths to each character involved, bringing out an overall richness to the book as a whole The novel is suitable for adults and a younger audience who will both take a lot from the story in their own unique ways It is advisable to read the first book of the quartet before undertaking this adventure, but it is still possible to enjoy the book as a novel in its own right A fantastic sequel And I for one cannot wait to sink my teeth into book 3 in this ongoing sagaAbsolute Midnight here I come Only this time I must have a physical copy so I can take in the beauty of Clive Barker s artwork ETA I read this beautiful story on my Kindle sans artwork I feel I should mention that the story clearly stands strong on its own, no artwork needed to move the story along. 3 stars for the great story, writing, and characters.1 star for the beautiful illustrations The second installment in Barker s YA series is, for me, a bit of a step back Still wholly enjoyable, and far better than most of the drivel that passes for adolescent literature these days, Days of Magic, Nights of War nonetheless didn t impress me as much as its predecessor did There are too many problems sprinkled throughout the narrative for me to shrug off or ignore, and so, while it pains me, 3 stars for the great story, writing, and characters.1 star for the beautiful illustrations The second installment in Barker s YA series is, for me, a bit of a step back Still wholly enjoyable, and far better than most of the drivel that passes for adolescent literature these days, Days of Magic, Nights of War nonetheless didn t impress me as much as its predecessor did There are too many problems sprinkled throughout the narrative for me to shrug off or ignore, and so, while it pains me, I didn t feel it accurate to give this book a perfect ratingThe Good This section will be, essentially, a copy and paste of the positives that I detailed in my review of the first book Don t misunderstand me, however I m not repeating myself out of laziness.Okay, so I might be A little But that s the lesser reason Mostly, I m doing this because I really don t feel as though there s any new ground to cover here All of the things that I loved about Abarat are present in the sequel As such, my listing of the best parts of this book would simply be a rehashing of already stated opinions, only phrased in a slightly different way.And so, I now present you with a simple reposting, as I know that you re likely too lazy to actually go and find the review that I m referring to The WorldbuildingThe worldbuilding in this book is just bizarre, and I mean that in a good way Barker has a very potent imagination, and this story just bleeds creativity from every page It s beautiful and head scratching and confusing and unique I absolutely loved it.The WritingThe writing is practically flawless It has such a poetic and dreamy quality to it that you feel as though you re reading a fairy tale All I had known about Barker up until this point was that he writes surreal horror Finding out that he has such a way with words was a wonderful surprise.The ArtworkThe artwork just sells this book Crafted by Barker himself, the bountiful illustrations may not have the most detailed or realistic of styles, but are gorgeous nonetheless Having some new surreal splash of color every few pages was a real treat, and helped me envision the author s world in a unique and gorgeous way The Problems Moving on to the not so good stuff These are issues that I couldn t brush off or ignore as I read There are quite a few, unfortunately Repetitive PlotA fair amount of the story consists of the same sequence of events, repeated several times before the cycle is finally broken near the end for the big finale This is the pattern that much of the book follows 1 Candy arrives at some new location Much time is spent describing the many wonders that she stumbles upon.2 One of several villains arrives, hoping to kidnap maim murder Candy.3 The aforementioned evildoer proceeds to chase Candy around whichever island she happens to be on at the time Several pages are dedicated to the fiend either shouting or whispering ominous things to our heroine as she flees.4 Candy manages to escape through some crazy method, allowing her to avoid certain bodily harm as she travels to another island.5 Rinse and repeat.If this same sequence wasn t also used extensively in the first book, I would beforgiving of this The fact that Barker decided to employ it for most of the sequel, however, does not sit well with me Here, it grows tiresome very quickly Irksome RomanceWhile there has yet to be any clear romantic interest between Candy and another character, signs are undoubtedly present in this book, due to the introduction of two new characters.The first is Letheo His situation is very similar to Malingo s in Abarat, and I find this rather annoying We ve already had this situation 1 Candy saves a slave servant boy from his cruel master.2 Said boy becomes close and loyal companion, who may or may not end up becoming a love interest at some point.Consequently, Letheo being thrown into the mix seems repetitive Intrusive as well, as it threatens the wonderful dynamic that s been established between Candy and Malingo Of course, Barker may be setting up a love triangle or worse , and I pray that that isn t the case This story does not need one.The introduction of Finnegan Hob presents these same problems His circumstances are different from the other two, yet still leave him as a very plausible future wooer.Granted, I have no idea what kind of relationship these two characters actually end up having with Candy, but I get the feeling that at least one of them may very well be romantic in nature Neither appeal to me Why Because, in regards to Letheo, his predicament plays too much into the typical bad boy who s tortured, but hot trope that is used in YA far too often I don t want to spend the rest of the series reading about how Candy is attracted to him, but he is repeatedly telling her that it s too dangerous to be around him.A relationship with Finnegan, meanwhile, would feel much too easy Finnegan s view spoiler undying love for Princess Boa hide spoiler means that, the moment he discovers that view spoiler Candy is her, in a way hide spoiler , he s going to instantly become smitten with her In fact, this is already beginning to happen, and he hasn t even discovered the truth yet The two of them have had very little interaction at this point, and yet he has already become emotionally attached to her This suggest that their romance, if one does indeed occur, would essentially be a case of insta love What s worse, Candy wouldn t even have a choice in the matter, as the majority of her feelings would be coming from view spoiler another entity entirely hide spoiler That s simply unfair Inept VillainsThe primary reason for Candy s many miraculous getaways is the fact that most of the miscreants pursuing her are terrible at what they do Over and over again, they feel the need to act clich d, meaning that they 1 Take their time, so as to build up suspense.2 Say things likeThere s no escapeandYou re mine nowto cement the fact they are indeed evil.I can accept that Candy is able to escape through the overconfidence of her pursuers once Yet it happens every single time that this situation arises You d think that, at some point, they would learn to ditch the theatrics and just get her already.I m also baffled by the fact that Barker decided to view spoiler kill off most of his villains hide spoiler in this installment It s a bit too tidy when view spoiler all of your protagonist s enemies, with the exception of the biggest and baddest, are done away with in such a short period of time hide spoiler While I mor less fine with most of them, view spoiler Carrion s death hide spoiler is not okay view spoiler He was an incredibly interesting character, and yet he was dispatched just as his relationship with Candy began to get incredibly interesting hide spoiler What a waste of potential Erratic CharacterizationWhile most of the characters are perfectly fine in their portrayal here, Carrion s is a head scratcher for me He spends much of this book changing his personality at every possible opportunity, and it s incredibly frustrating to witness He also comes to some very odd conclusions without any kind of real evidence, and these ideas are used in an attempt to explain his behavior He initially acts appropriately sinister and threatening towards Candy Half a page later, he s friendly and reassuring A while later, he s back to his talk of killing her Then he s pleading with her, spilling his life s story and telling her that he needs her, that she can heal him How he comes to realize this, I m not sure His characterization is simply wildly uneven Whenever Candy is involved, whether he is personally confronting her or discussing her with some other character, his personality is in a state of constant flux If you re going to have your character change his tune in such a dramatic way, and numerous times at that, than you d better be able to provide a convincing explanation for it The one provided here is too feeble to make Carrion s constant change of heart believable Lack of ConflictA great deal of this story feels too easy The problems that the characters encounter are solved within pages, without any kind of real effort or time needed to do so This character needs to be found Somebody is able to use magic to instantly locate her These characters need to get to a certain location Some form of transportation instantaneously appears This character is reluctant to join the quest He agrees after only a few lines of dialogue There s no tension in the overcoming of these obstacles No real stakes are raised Everything simply works out every single time Various Aspects of Candy s CharacterThe big twist near the story s end that revealed that view spoiler Candy is the vessel for Princess Boa s soul hide spoiler has no real impact, because it s very, very obvious Now, I m not entirely sure if I can criticize this, as this may have very well been Barker s intention Perhaps it s done purposefully, in order to create a sense of frustration in the reader as they watch the characters spend a great deal of time not knowing what is already apparent to the observer Regardless, I still find it annoying that it took two whole books for the reveal to finally come, despite the fact it was easy to guess fairly early on in the first installment.Because of this, it s exceedingly frustrating that a significant portion of this book has Candy constantly protesting any suggestion that she is different special, and that she arrived in Abarat for reasons unknown Even after an extraordinary display of magical ability, she refuses to believe that there is somethingto her involvement in the scheme of things other than luck and chance Her ignorance is just baffling.Now, I m sure that her secret can be considered the cause of this, but another problem with Candy is the fact that everyone loves her Now, I m not saying that she s an uninteresting or terrible person She s kind, courageous and loyal She s also different, and a bit of an enigma Still, it s annoying to see how nearly every person she comes into contact with is immediately willing to give their lives for her We now have three potential love interests at this point I understand that she view spoiler harbors the soul of a beloved princess hide spoiler , but the instantaneous devotion that she receives is nonetheless tiresome Perhaps I m just bitter that I m not as perfect and special as she So This is a good book Seriously I highly recommend it That wall of criticisms may seem to say otherwise, but I really do enjoy this series It s magical It s fun It s rather bizarre I just can t help but notice the flaws, however minuscule they may be.I m truly looking forward to the next installment read along , and I sincerely hope that Barker s third offering proves to be the best installment so far Until then, I m content with Days of Magic, Nights of War being a lovely, if imperfect, sequel I certainly see myself reading it again in the future Though perhaps next time, I ll manage to get my hands on a copy that isn t missing several pages.Thanks, library Woah The second installment in the Abarat series Candy is still in the Abarat, running from villains left and right The most notable and scariest are Christopher Carrion and his grandmother Mather Motley We meet some new characters, and some of our favorites come back together again, to fight dragons, and rescue Candy from life threatening situations We also travel back to Chickentown, to check in with her family There are a few secrets revealed in this book that were nice to know I thi Woah The second installment in the Abarat series Candy is still in the Abarat, running from villains left and right The most notable and scariest are Christopher Carrion and his grandmother Mather Motley We meet some new characters, and some of our favorites come back together again, to fight dragons, and rescue Candy from life threatening situations We also travel back to Chickentown, to check in with her family There are a few secrets revealed in this book that were nice to know I think I liked this one better than the first, probably because I know the characters It didn t fall into the sequel slump that many books do I believe it carried the story really well Clive Barker doesn t disappoint with the artwork It is absolutely amazing His imagination is a crazy place And boy, can this guy write a suspenseful ending I can t wait to read the next one This is book number 2 of the Abarat booksWhen I read the first book, I had the non illustrated version and its text was filled with imagery The second however I managed to get a copy of the one illustrated with Clive Barker s paintings It was amazing to see the characters come to life on each page, it was such a treat to have such a sensory mix of words and images in this strange world known as Abarat The characters have very distinguished characteristics and colourful personalities, even the This is book number 2 of the Abarat booksWhen I read the first book, I had the non illustrated version and its text was filled with imagery The second however I managed to get a copy of the one illustrated with Clive Barker s paintings It was amazing to see the characters come to life on each page, it was such a treat to have such a sensory mix of words and images in this strange world known as Abarat The characters have very distinguished characteristics and colourful personalities, even the much darker ones The plot is rich and full of very interesting surprises You get to meet alot of species of things in the world of Abarat It reminds me of when I was reading Dr Seuss books, except you get a thorough image of what it looks like in your head even if it wasn t painted on the page I also enjoy the little bit of poetry at the beginning of every section.It was an amazingly fast and enjoyable read and I can t wait til the third book comes out next winter I love Clive Barker s Abarat series A young girl named Candy Quackenbush a name you have to love from Chickentown, Minnesota is the heroine and the books detail her adventures in another world The book is a fun read and has extraordinary art work done by Mr Barker himself. I love the sequel as much as the first book It s full of adventures, very intense even though I can guest the twist since the beginning of this book XD Candy is a cool heroine and her character is developedin this sequel I can finally read the last book now The final war is about to begin In this second book of the Arabat series, Candy Quackenbush, with the help of the forces of Day, must use all their special powers to stop Christopher Carrion and the Army of Night s plot to establish a Permanent Midnight throughout the 25 islands that make up Abarat Barker lends a dark shadow to what would otherwise be a kind of Dr Seuss book The bad guys, Christopher Carrion and Mater Motley are incredibly deep I found myself wondering is Christopher was re The final war is about to begin In this second book of the Arabat series, Candy Quackenbush, with the help of the forces of Day, must use all their special powers to stop Christopher Carrion and the Army of Night s plot to establish a Permanent Midnight throughout the 25 islands that make up Abarat Barker lends a dark shadow to what would otherwise be a kind of Dr Seuss book The bad guys, Christopher Carrion and Mater Motley are incredibly deep I found myself wondering is Christopher was really evil or was he like Jessica in Roger Rabbit, I m not bad, I m just drawn that way Was he thrust into the role of bad guy by still stronger forces I liked this one better than the first, the story seemed to flow smoother, perhaps because I already had some level of familiarity with many of the large cast of characters developed and brought into to this second book The ending left many threads dangling in the air like leaves on a tree in late fall I will no doubt begin the third book in the series to learn where those leaves might fall I love the imagined worlds created by Barker This is another one For Barker, a lighter read than usual But entertaining and fun.


About the Author: Clive Barker

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie n e Revill , a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986 Barker s second long term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards This award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.Fans have noticed of late that Barker s voice has become gravelly and coarse He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1 6 , and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game 1985 Later he moved towards modern day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld 1987 , The Great and Secret Show 1989 , the world spanning Imajica 1991 and Sacrament 1996 , bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions He wrote the screenplays for Underworld aka Transmutations 1985 and Rawhead Rex 1986 , both directed by George Pavlou Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser 1987 , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re released together to moderate critical acclaim After his film Nightbreed Cabal , which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations 1995 and Forms of Heaven 1996 , as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993 Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles set outside the Marvel universe were Ectokid,


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