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Abarat 2

A dazzling fantasy adventure for all ages, the second part of a quartet appearing at two yearly intervals, richly illustrated by the author. Film rights sold to Disney for $8 million on the paintings alone. The Abarat; a magical otherworld composed on an archipelago of twenty-five islands - one for each hour of the day, plus an island out of time.Candy Quackenbush, escaping her dull, dull life from the most boring place in our world, Chickentown, USA, finds that in the Abarat she has another existence entirely, one which links her to marvels and mysteries-and even to murder...In this, the second volume in Clive Barker's extraordinary fantasy for both adults and children, Candy's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the Hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchmen to capture her. Why? she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of the Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?There is a mystery here. And Carrion, along with his fiendish grandmother, Mater Motley, suspects that whatever Candy is, she could spoil his plans to take control of the Abarat.Now Candy's companions must race against time to save her from the clutches of Carrion, and she must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.A final war is about to begin. And Candy is going to need to make some choices that will change her life forever...
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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

About the Author

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.


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

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