Wednesday, February 22, 2012

REVIEW: Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

book cover of Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
Title: Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
Author: Clive Barker
Date Published: First published in October 2004
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Page Count: 624 pages
Challenge: None
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**Just a warning, this is the second book in this series, so there may be some spoilers for the first book.  If you'd like to read a review of the first book, you can read mine here.**

We catch up with Candy and Malingo a few weeks after the first book has ended.  They've been traveling from hour to hour trying to evade being caught by the criss cross man, who Carrion has sent to capture Candy.  While running, Candy and Malingo are separated and they spend a good bit of the book attempting to be reunited.

In this book, we learn a lot more about what Carrion and his grandmother have been up to and the plans that they have for the Abarat.  Unfortunately, none of them are good plans. Bringing permanent midnight to the islands sounds like a fantastic idea to the Carrion family unit.  When Candy makes the decision to go back to Chickentown for good because she is under the impression that all she does is cause problems, this brings to conflict to a head and now not only is the Abarat in danger, but Chickentown is as well.
This is also the point where Candy learns a lot about herself and why she has such love for the Abarat, and why she is able to do magic that she has never learned before.  Candy is slowly piecing it together, but even as the second book ends, it all is not solved.

Once again, I loved the imagery in this book and I really wish I had a copy with Barker's paintings inside.  To see everything come to life would have been pretty fantastic.
The characterization in this book was also expanded quite a bit, especially in the case of the villain, which I really loved.  You got more of a sense of who Carrion was and you almost got to feel sorry for him.  And in this book we also meet up with some of the cast of characters that made an appearance in Book 1.
There were so many quotes from this book that resonated with me as well.  So much so, that once again, I flooded Tumblr with some of them, but just to give you an example:
I’ve learned only two things in my life. One, that love is the beginning and end of all meaning. And two, that it is the same thing whatever shape our souls have taken on this journey. Love is love. Is love.
Basically, what it comes down to is that I really enjoyed this book, even more than the first one.  I can't wait to get to the third!  4 out of 5 stars!

Think you might want to give this book a try? Read other reviews or order from Amazon.com   Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

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