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It’s been over seven years since the second installment of
Clive Barker’s critically acclaimed children’s series ABARAT, and the wait was
well worth it.
Harper Collins Publishers and the esteemed author have
finally delivered ABARAT: ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT, a gorgeous and mammoth 569 page epic
adventure, featuring over one hundred and fifty original Clive Barker paintings
created specifically to illustrate this edition.
ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT picks up immediately after the finale of
Book Two. Sixteen year-old heroine Candy
Quackenbush and her ragtag allies, Malingo the geshrat and master thief John
Mischief, are thrust back into the world of Abarat, an archipelago of islands
representing the 24 hours in a day. There
is even a 25th hour island (representing time out of time). At the end of Book Two, Candy narrowly
escapes her pursuer, The Prince of Midnight, Christopher Carrion. Candy is not in the clear however, as Mater
Motley picks up where her grandson Carrion left off. Motley continues to forge a stitchling army;
horrible creatures designed to cause “Absolute Midnight” and the inevitable war
amongst the islands of time.
ABARAT: ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT is everything one desires from an
epic follow-up; it has a continuity that brings the reader right back into the
adventure while serving up something fresh and like the third chapter in the HARRY
POTTER series, Book Three is the darkest installment thus far. ABSOLUTE
MIDNIGHT is rich and magical, creating worlds that are at once fantastic and
familiar; so familiar you may be salivating, knowing that there are still two
more Books in the works!
While technically for younger readers, Clive continues to
refuse to dumb down any of his fiction; treating children and teenagers as
intelligent beings, and filling his pages with sufficient darkness, surrealism,
and originality to awe and mesmerize readers of any age. The ABARAT series is
in a league all its own. I desperately
hope that we don’t have to wait another seven years for the next edition.
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