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Castle In The Air (Howl's Moving Castle #2)

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Paperback. Pub Date: October 2001 Publisher: HarperCollins UK Abdullah's day-dreams suddenly start to come true when he meets The exquisite-Flower-IN the-Night. Daughter of The FEROCIOUS Sultan of Zanzib. Fate has destined them for each other . but a bad-tempered genie. a hideous djinn. and various villanous bandits have their own ideas.
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Published 2001 by Collins Audio (first published 1990)
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Emma (Miss Print)
"Castle in the Air" is Diana Wynne Jones' sequel to her amazingly awesome novel "Howl's Moving Castle." It was originally published in 1990 (four years after "Howl's Moving Castle"). At first glance, this novel doesn't sound like a sequel--it sounds more like a companion book at best--but I promise it does explain more about Howl and Sophie, just not right away and not, perhaps, in the most obvious way.

That said, this story is set in the Sultanates of Rashpuht a land far to the south of Ingary (...more
Krystle
Castle in the Air is the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. That being said I picked this up with trepidation because I was rather disappointed the book wasn’t going to be from the main characters in the first, nor would it have a direct focus on it. But they do occur later on.

That being said, I loved this book! I loved how she managed to turn this into another one of her witty, light-hearted, but not lacking in depth, fantasy tales. It was unique, original, and if I hadn’t read spoilers beforehand...more
Myles
DWJ Book Toast, #7

Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite fantasy authors, growing up and now, and I was saddened by the news of her death. I can't say I'm overcome with emotion - as personal as some of her work is to me, its not like I knew her after all - but I wish I could put into words how I feel about her no longer being out there, writing new adventures and laughing at all of us serious fans thinking so hard about her words when we should simply get on with the business of enjoying them.

A...more
Erin
If you read and enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle and have yet to read this, what are you waiting for? Come on now, go read it. At once.

I liked Castle in the Air better than its predecessor, surprisingly. There are several reasons for this:

1. The plot makes more sense on a first read-- there's a clear mission from the get-go, and the reveals at the end aren't at all confusing.

2. It's not exactly a retelling... but there are clear, surely intended parallels to the story of Aladdin. I really liked the...more
Heidi
One of the marks of my favorite authors is their ability to keep me guessing–the knowledge that when I crack open one of their books, I should expect the unexpected. This is only my second Diana Wynne Jones read, but I can already see her name rising in the ranks of the authors who do just that. Like Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air is an incredibly smart, adventurous, twisting read that is a credit to readers of all ages. At no point did I know where the story was going, and in the end I...more
Arminzerella
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I r h
El argumento, si nos fijamos bien, tiene un cierto toque de Las mil y una noches que le diferencia claramente de EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE. Y es que, si lo que esperas es encontrarte una continuación, aquí no la encontrarás. Casi podríamos decir que es un libro aparte.

Así, nos encontramos siendo testigos de las aventuras (¿o quizá desventuras?) de Abdullah por encontrar a su amadísima y bellísima Flor-en-la-noche. Tengo que decir que ambos me han encantado. Uno por su fuerza y sus ganas de conseguir...more
Sesana
Castle in the Air is indeed a companion to Howl's Moving Castle, but the first thing to accept is that you won't be seeing much of Howl and Sophie. Once I did that, I was able to relax and enjoy this entirely different book.

Abdullah is from Rashpuht, and this is where the story begins. As the names suggest, there's a definite "Arabian Nights" flavor to the narrative. Abdullah finds himself with a magic carpet, that he doesn't know how to control, exactly, and meets with the princess Flowers-in-t...more
Flora
Well, that was brilliant.

Castle In The Air starts out rather far away from good old Ingary - with a new protagonist, in the faraway "Arabian Nights"-esque country of Rashpuht, following a young merchant named Abdullah with a penchant for dreams. Alike its predecessor, the story soon becomes a giant whirlpool of interloping plots, tiny Chekhov's Guns, subversions and plays on expected tropes and action - lots of adventurous action. Again, nothing is ever what it initially seems!

While I might say...more
The Flooze
**3.5**

Not so much a sequel to Howl's Castle as a related story, Castle in the Air is a fast-paced tale of magic carpets, genies and djinns, with some princesses thrown in for effect. It follows Abdullah, a daydreaming carpet dealer who learns to be cautious of wishes - they never turn out exactly as one hopes.

Appearances by much of the cast of Howl's Castle make this a delightful way of catching up with those characters. The plot isn't as helter-skelter as the previous installment, but does mi...more
Josie
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Majo
Esta trilogía me viene gustando mucho, aunque este libro se me hizo un poco más pesado que el primero.

Seguimos en esa temática estilo cuento de hadas, aunque esta vez ubicados en un país que recuerda a medio oriente, así que da la sensación de estar en un cuento de las mil y una noches. No sigue mucho los tópicos de la entrega anterior, es muy diferente, pero sí vemos a muchos de los personajes de el castillo vagabundo que tendrán gran importancia en la trama.

Particularmente me disgusto el roman...more
Douglas Cootey
I must admit I read this book for entertainment only. My critical analysis was parked in the back of the lot while I was up front with the crowds enjoying the show. Castle wasn't as good a novel for me as its prequel, Howl's Moving Castle, but it was a good read nonetheless.

Fans of the prequel might not initially like the vastly different setting and main character, Abdullah of Zanzib. Going from medieval Europe to medieval Persia could be a bit jarring, but once preconceived notions are out of...more
Paula Bascur
El castillo en el aire puede considerarse una continuación de Howl's Moving Castle hasta cierto punto, ya que volvemos a Ingary, ampliando nuestro conocimiento de ese mundo y encontraremos a viejos conocidos. No cuando los protagonistas principales ya no son los de El castillo ambulante sino que se transforman –algunos- en secundarios de lujo. Sin embargo, el libro sigue lleno del humor y un estilo que puede resultar infantil pero no exento de encanto.

En El castillo en el aire nos encontramos en...more
Mara
One should definitely read Howl's Moving Castle before you read this one. I admit, I was disappointed that Howl, Calcifer, and Sophie were not much in this book. But the genie easily replaces Howl in every respect, as does the black cat Sophie. And while the carpet never speaks, its attitude is strikingly like Calcifer's - sulky if it doesn't receive praise (rather reminds me of the old copier at the library, which I had to constantly wheedle before it printed). These, along with a few new chara...more
Carmel
First off let me say that I'm a big fan of Diana Wynne Jones and of 'Howl's Moving Castle' however, this "sequel" did't really speak to me. I use the term sequel loosely since the characters from the first book are virtually unknown until about 2/3 of the way through. I spent most of the book waiting for the characters I already loved- the reason I picked up the book in the first place.

It didn't help that I never really connected with the main character Abdullah. On the one hand Jones did a goo...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Abdullah is a carpet merchant in the lands south of Ingary, in the city Zanzib. And although he is a humble carpet merchant he day dreams constantly about being a prince. One day his dreams start becoming a reality when he finds himself in the garden of Flower-in-the-Night, a princess, by way of a magic carpet. However, his princess is kidnapped by a djinn and it is up to Abdullah to save her with the help of a moody magic carpet and a wicked genie.

This book was a really fun read, it was charmin...more
Lari Don
One of my favourite Diana Wynne Jones books – her Arabian Nights novel. Castle In The Air initially seems to be a story about a poor carpet seller, his love for a beautiful princess, and the problems caused by a nasty Djinn and a genie in a bottle, with all the manners, colours and scents of an exotic eastern story. But it’s ALSO the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, which is set in a very different northern fairytale world. I remember the very first time I read it, years ago, being initially disa...more
♥Xeni♥
As the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, I felt that it was very well adapted. I love how Jones took an age-old classic story (most commonly known by the title of 'Aladdin') and rolled that into an old Russian fairytale style where a big bad bully comes along and steals all the X or Y. In this case, X are all the princesses in the world.

This mix worked quite well as an 'epic tale', actually. The book could definitely even have been longer, if you ask me! As things are, the plot was well thought-o...more
Monica
This is a good book that I think fans of Howl's Moving Castle will enjoy. I was disappointed at first that this book wasn't quite a sequel because it does not focus on the same characters at the beginning of the novel, but by the end you do get a taste of the characters you grew to love in the first book. In addition, this novel adds a lot to the world building of the first book.
Zoe
This book didn't do it for me. I loved all the other books I've read by Diana Wynne Jones, but these characters seemed like cardboard, their trials and tribulations not squeezing any sympathy or interest from me... until, of course, they met up with Sophie and Howl at the very, very end (much to my dismay).

I know Jones likes rewriting fairy tales the way she thinks of them, this obviously being the tale of Alladin. I don't enjoy that story, either.

So I guess, to be fair, it's most likely my pe...more
Nikki
Didn't enjoy this one as much as Howl's Moving Castle, until closer to the end when the two books started to come together. Lovely sequel.
Uyuki
Oh, I can't believed I liked it so much. I was slightly worried that the characters from book one wouldn't appear at all in the book, because at the beginning I had a little trouble getting into Abdullah. But the story picked up rather nicely and then I was completely immersed in his story to save Flower-in-the-night.
And then, as the story started getting complicated, indeed the characters from book one made and appearance and the plot became far more interesting than it was at the beginning an...more
Sarah
Something I'm learning about Diana Wynne Jones novels: she doesn't always know how to end them, or at least, that's how it feels. When I read Howl's Moving Castle several years ago, I thought Jones devised a brilliant scenario, fun characters and a vivid world. It was engaging and funny and easy to read. However, the longer the book went on, the more it seemed to rush toward its ending. Something about the pacing felt off - as if Jones wasn't quite sure when or how to end it. Now I feel the same...more
Stephanie ♥Loves Adrian Ivashkov♥
Reading Castle in the Air was a spur in the moment decision for me. I hadn't given the book much thought every since I bought (which was a while ago) because I doubted it would be as good as Howl's Moving Castle. Ha! I was so wrong. It wasn't better than its predecessor but I enjoyed it just as much.

I am really impressed by the imagination of the author (bless her soul). This book was such an aventure that I jumped in right away and let it take me away to the lands of Rashpuht, Ingary and the c...more
Sean DeLauder
Full of Jones' charm and characteristic wit, pleasant twists and characters that are more than what they seem, this work was a welcome addition to Howl's universe. Jones maintains a steady, comfortable tempo throughout. Even at well past 300 pages the story galloped along, into and through the ending, then right out of the endzone and into the parking lot a la Forrest Gump.



Not quite as powerful as Howl's Moving Castle (one of my favorites), which proved clever, entertaining, and even grim in par...more
Loredana La Puma
Nelle notti d'oriente
Divertentissimo secondo volume legato al personaggio del mago Howl e al suo castello errante. Anche se stavolta Sophie, Howl e Calcifer giocano il ruolo di semplici comprimari (e per molto tempo non li "vedremo"); ed è solo un accenno alla terra di Ingary, all'inizio del primo capitolo, a farci comprendere che ci troviamo sempre nello stesso mondo. Il protagonista indiscusso di questo romanzo, infatti, è un giovane mercante di tappeti di nome Abdullah, che vive in un paese n...more
Erin O'Riordan
What a clever story. All throughout the first half, I kept waiting for the Howl, Sophie and Calcifer I knew and loved from Howl's Moving Castle to show up. It turned out they were there almost from the beginning (Calcifer especially), just in different forms. The main character in this volume is young Abdullah, a daydreamer who stumbles upon an extraordinary opportunity to elope with the beautiful, witty, educated princess Flower-in-the-Night. Abdullah's adventures culminate in the discover of m...more
Elevetha
Pretty good. I wouldn't peg this as a sequel though, more like a companion book.

So I'm reading and it's not bad, right? Abdullah's good but nothing great. Flower-in-the-Night about the same but less. Instalove. (Again?) Quest. The regular. Then

Me: SOFIE!!! YAY! (view spoiler)

But I get to almost the end and..

Me: WHERE'S HOWL!!?? WHY HAVE I NOT SEEN HIM ONCE DAMMIT?!

Sister: Were you paying attenti...more
Nereia
Le notti d'oriente fra le spezie e i bazar son calde lo sai, più calde che mai, ti potranno incantar

Salam a tutti voi miei degni amici!
Pronti per un viaggio emozionante nel deserto dell'estremo oriente? Sì? E allora forza, montate sul tappeto volante di Diana Wynne Jones, non ve ne pentirete!
Il castello in aria è il secondo capitolo della trilogia che riguarda quel losco figuro del mago Howl. A differenza de Il castello errante di Howl, però, i protagonisti di questo libro non sono gli stessi ch...more
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