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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War: The Abarat Trilogy, Book 2

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

More adventures in bizarre world. Darker than first book.

Book Clive Barker Fantasy 2004
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What makes this book so mesmerizing is the sheer outrageous fecundity of the author's imagination, expressed both verbally and in the hundred-odd color paintings that adorn this gorgeous volume. Clive Barker, known primarily for horror, has harnessed that bizarre and grotesque imagination and turned it into something weirdly, perversely, but delightfully beautiful. Barker has tightened up his pacing considerably since the first book, and he culminates this volume with a thrilling epic battle across two worlds, involving (among much else) an army of stitched-together mud-creatures and a giant ship whose parts begin coming to life. The basic plot may be simple and familiar -- Alice crossed with Odysseus -- but no one has ever done anything quite like this.

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