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/ Lead title A dazzling fantasy adventure for all ages. / A gloriously dark and macabre fairytale for all fans of JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, 'The Chronicles of Narnia', Neil Gaiman or Garth Nix. / Abarat has sold over 11,000 copies in HB through the TCM. / Film rights sold to Disney for $8 million on the paintings alone. / Concludes the first part of the Abarat story. The next two volumes, due in 2007 and 2008 will also be linked together to form a two-book series. / The Fiction and Children's departments of HarperCollins are working closely for cross-promotional opportunities to recruit new readers to the Voyager list. / Competition: JK Rowling, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Narnia
Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short sotry writer le also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen.
Favorite characters from lands near and far return in a multitude of fall sequels. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War arrives as the follow-up to Clive Barker's Abarat. PW said of the first book, "[Barker] cooks up a surreal stew of character portraits." Here, Candy, the human heroine of the first book, and Malingo the geshrat avoid Otto Houlihan (aka the "Criss-Cross Man") and Christopher Carrion, the Prince of Midnight, as they travel across the strange landscape. Candy discovers new abilities and insights into the battle between the Night-world and Day-world. Once again, Barker's paintings of the creatures help draw readers into this fantastical realm. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Abarat: 'Abarat is more than just a new and major contender. It is (like his earlier book, The Thief of Always) full of a level of beautiful terror that children are still just able to bear.' Independent 'Always creating and always pushing into the furthest reaches of the human mind, he is an artist in every sense of the word. He is the great imaginer of our time.' Quentin Tarantino 'Abarat is a sumptuous and lovely thing.' Guardian
Gr 7-10-In this sequel to Abarat (HarperCollins, 2002), Candy Quackenbush is fighting for her life in the mysterious world of the Abarat. The powers of darkness, Christopher Carrion and his murderous grandmother, Mater Motley, plan to overtake it and make it a world of perpetual midnight. As Candy and her friends rush through various adventures, Carrion's obsession with finding her grows, along with his rage and frustration. He hires the Criss-Cross Man, Otto Houlihan, to hunt Candy down. A group of adventurers, including John Mischief and his brothers, continues to look for dragon-hunting hero Finnegan Hob. Candy learns Abarat's history and begins to understand the role she may play in its future. This second title relies on exposition from the first; readers without that grounding may find themselves lost in Abarat's complications. The threads of the narrative take a long time to weave into a unified story, but it's worth the time it takes. With a large cast, a complicated plot, and such varied geography, Barker keeps readers busy juggling, but all that work pays off as the suspense and tension mount. Candy and her allies are engaging characters, if uncomplicated; Carrion and his grandmother are more mustache-twirling than interesting. The Abaratian world is the jewel of this novel, dense and vividly rendered in both striking description and Barker's vibrant artwork. Fans of the first book, as well as of other robust fantasy titles like Garth Nix's Sabriel (HarperCollins, 1996) and Diana Wynne Jones's Dark Lord of Derkholm (Greenwillow, 1998), will enjoy it.-Sarah Couri, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.