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Castle In The Air Paperback – 24 January 2001
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“This is the Arabian Nights with a twist. Readers won’t put down the book until they figure out all its secrets.”
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"A bewitching romp, gratifying to mind, imagination, and funnybone."
Praise for Diana Wynne Jones
“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
“Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country ” Evening Standard
“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two … [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” SFX
About the Author
- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (24 January 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0006755305
- Reading age : 9 years and up
- Dimensions : 19.71 x 1.83 x 13 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 16,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first half of the book is reasonably sane, with stories of genies and magic carpets and princesses told with wry humour. The second half goes mad, bringing back all the favourite characters and tying up loose ends in a rather absurd way.
I can't say whether this is a good example of the author's work. If it is, then I won't make it through very many books but I'll be glad to have read some. Humerus fantasy is hard to do right, and this is. If you think you might want to read it, you do!
Unusually for a sequel, especially a fantasy novel following on from a previous volume, initially, the story, characters and even the setting have little (or, apparently, nothing) in common with the earlier work. Instead of the faux-medieval land of Ingary, with Walled Cities, Kings and Witches, Hat shops and Bakeries we have an Arabian Nights type Eastern setting with Deserts, Bazaars and Djinn. But with the magic of Diana Wynne Jones firmly still in place, "Castle in the Air" is every bit as entertaining and involving as its predecessor.
Abdullah, our carpet seller hero, is a funny and worthy character. His adventures in land of Raspuht are fast moving and action -packed. It's almost a shame when (about half way through) we leave the the city of Zanzib without quite tying up all loose ends and the scene shifts to Ingary.
The later parts of the book do allow DWJ to revisit the characters from "Howl's Moving Castle"..a book which ended rather frenetically.. and show the fate of the various heroes and heroines. This time out, more lengthy closing scenes give a chance to properly establish what happens to everyone.
Funny and perfectly plotted and paced, this adventure of young wizards and witches is, for my money, far superior to the rather more clunky "Potter" books.