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Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War (Abarat #2)

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Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat are getting stranger by the hour. Why has the Lord of Midnight sent his henchman after her? Why can she suddenly speak words of magic? Why is the world familiar?

Candy and her companions 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
ebook, 576 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published 2004)
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Jan 23, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Όταν διάβασα το πρώτο βιβλίο του Άμπαρατ είχα καταλήξει ότι αυτό που ενδιέφερε περισσότερο τον Barker συγγράφοντας αυτό το έργο, ήταν να επιδείξει την ζωηρή και χωρίς όρια φαντασία του στις περιγραφές – απίστευτα και αλλοπρόσαλλα όντα και φαντασιακοί, ονειρικοί τόποι χωρίς αρχή και τέλος- αφήνοντας σε δεύτερη μοίρα τη πλοκή. Παρ’ όλα αυτά βυθίστηκα στο κόσμο του, χάθηκα στο τοπίο του, αφήνοντας και εγώ σε δεύτερη θέση την ιστορία της Κάντι, παρατηρώντας αχόρταγα τα πλάσματα που δημιουργούσε με τ ...more
Scary, exciting, weird, adventurous, awesome and so many things that describe just how brilliant and horrifying this book really is!

After I had finished reading Clive Barker’s first “Abarat” book, I was just dying to read more of this fantastic and scary world that our heroine, Candy Quackenbush has gotten herself into! So, I finally got around to reading the sequel “Abarat: Days of Magic Nights of War” and I was just so impressed with what I have just finished reading! “Abarat: Days of Magic
Scott Sheaffer
The final war is about to begin. In this second book of the Arabat series, Candy Quackenbush, with the help of the forces of Day, must use all their special powers to stop Christopher Carrion and the Army of Night's plot to establish a Permanent Midnight throughout the 25 islands that make up Abarat. Barker lends a dark shadow to what would otherwise be a kind of Dr. Seuss book. The bad guys, Christopher Carrion and Mater Motley are incredibly deep. I found myself wondering is Christopher was re ...more
Jul 04, 2009 Tiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book number 2 of the Abarat books

When I read the first book, I had the non illustrated version and its text was filled with imagery. The second however I managed to get a copy of the one illustrated with Clive Barker's paintings. It was amazing to see the characters come to life on each page, it was such a treat to have such a sensory mix of words and images in this strange world known as Abarat. The characters have very distinguished characteristics and colourful personalities, even the
Kelli Lee
Jan 23, 2012 Kelli Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic sequel. And I for one cannot wait to sink my teeth into book 3 in this ongoing saga . . . Absolute Midnight here I come. Only this time I must have a physical copy so I can take in the beauty of Clive Barker's artwork!

ETA: I read this beautiful story on my Kindle sans artwork. I feel I should mention that the story clearly stands strong on its own, no artwork needed to move the story along.
Jun 27, 2015 Badseedgirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read-in
Another dark and wonderful entry by Clive Barker. I just love the idea of a world where each island is another time. At over 500 pages, I will admit that the seemingly never ending chasing of Candy did get old after a while, but was more than counteracted by the further development of the characters.

Again Clive Barker succeeds in making his villain, Christopher Carrion a sympathetic character without making him any less evil. This balancing act is what makes Clive Barker a master of his craft!

Jul 15, 2012 Epizeuxis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who: read the first book in the series.
Recommended to Epizeuxis by: Karen
Shelves: fantasy, magic, series, fiction
3 stars for the great story, writing, and characters.
1 star for the beautiful illustrations.

The second installment in Barker's YA series is, for me, a bit of a step back. Still wholly enjoyable, and far better than most of the drivel that passes for adolescent literature these days, Days of Magic, Nights of War nonetheless didn't impress me as much as its predecessor did. There are too many problems sprinkled throughout the narrative for me to shrug off or ignore, and so, while it pains me, I
Apr 13, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published in 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers, this is the second installation to the ‘Books Of Abarat’ quartet of novels. Following on from the imaginative and beautifully magical first book of the Abarat, Barker has delivered a longer and just as inspiring novel running for a total of 491 pages. Within these pages are literally hundreds of oil paintings done by Barker himself, to illustrate the novel as the story unfolds. These illustrations are again printed in full colour on thick, glossy pa ...more
Nora Cayetano
Sinceramente, ¿qué puedo decir? ¿Qué. Puedo. Decir?
Primero que nada: que esa pregunta está muy mal redactada. Segundo: ¡¡Que me encanta esta serie!!

Volvemos al punto en donde nos quedamos en el primero de los libros. Candy y su nuevo mejor amigo, Malingo, han decidido recorrer juntos las islas para conocer lo más que puedan de ellas. La magia que Candy descubrió en sí misma aparece una y otra vez mientras que el asesino a sueldo conocido como "The Criss-Cross Man" continua la cacería de la chic
Apr 29, 2012 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok... so I just finished the second book of Abarat and although i enjoyed it, i didn't like it as much as the first. When I read the first book I didn't realize it was the first of a series. I also didn't realize untill the end of the second book that there would be three more books. Even so... the first book pulled me into the story and carried me along with its characters and imagery of the world of Abarat. By the end i was disapointed that it was over but excited at the prospect of the contin ...more
Erwin Adriansyah
*Pertama kali dipost di thread Pembahasan Berbagai Novel di forum Role Playing Cyber Novel Video Games Indonesia tanggal 12 Mei 2008*

Candy dan Malingo melanjutkan petualangan mereka di Abarat sebagai sepasang turis yang santai. Sudah banyak pulau yang mereka kunjungi dan banyak orang yang mereka temui. Sayangnya, antek-antek Christopher Carrion tak kenal lelah mengejar mereka berdua.

Tak hanya itu, situasi di dunia kepulauan itu mulai memanas. Rumor-rumor yang tak enak didengar mulai bere
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Abarat book by Clive Barker and starts shortly after where the last one left off. I listened to this book on audio book and, like audio book of Abarat, the audio book was very well done.

Once again we follow Candy on her efforts to elude Christopher Carrion. Candy bumps into a cast of great new quirky characters as she tries to flee Carrion’s minions. John Mischief and crew are still trying to find Fennigan Hob. Will Christopher Carrion be able to bring about Permanent Midnight
S.L. Dixon
Jul 26, 2015 S.L. Dixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much wildly imaginative, rip-roaring and easy fun as the first Abarat.
Good times!
Once again the story moves along, racing from island to island and then back to the land of chickens, hardly pausing to take a breath (but perhaps to admire the artwork). It picks up where the first left off and kept plenty of room for more to come.
Fun story, fantastic art and wonderfully packaged together.
Santh memories
Sep 25, 2007 Santh memories rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world_fiction
buku kedua seri Abarat ini teteplah full colors!
petualangan Candy Quackenbush berslanjut, dikejar-kejar anak buah dan bertemu dengan Christopher Carrion - sang Pangeran penguasa malam - bertemu banyak tokoh penting lainnya yang akhirnya membuat Candy semakin sadar tentang dirinya sendiri, lalu juga kembali ke Chickentown, dimana kota ini disapu bersih oleh gelombang laut (suatu hal yang tidak habis dipikirkan oleh semua orang karena kota ini sama sekali tidak dekat dengan laut!)
di sini akhirnya
Jul 16, 2016 Charpercharlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 04, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
I love Clive Barker's magical world of Abarat not just for all of the imaginative, colorful creatures that inhabit the islands, but for sentiments like this: "It was a cornerstone of geshratian belief that sleep did not separate friends and loved ones, but instead brought their slumbering souls closer to one another. Hence the familiar geshrat wishes as they parted for bed; not 'good night' or 'sweet dreams,' but 'See you sleeping.'"

And I want a poster of virtually every one of the 140+ illustra
Aug 05, 2011 Velvetea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
The journey through the hours continues, and may I commend Mr. Barker once more on his vast complexity in both literature and fine art. He'd actually created the paintings before writing the story~ like it seeped into his mind through night visions, screaming to be composed. I love his darkness, his vileness, his exaggeration, and wit that keeps me staring at each page in inspiration and disgust.

Usually the second book of any trilogy is more like a novel-lenghted ellipsis. Not so with this one.
May 26, 2015 Lorin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Neil Gaiman fan
Recommended to Lorin by: Madison Smith
The second book in the Abarat series kicks off with a bang. Candy and her companion travel to an island of carnival delights after being attacked by a sea monster aboard a merchant ship! Abarat is back in full swing and we finally learn what the end goal of Lord Carrion and his minions are and also some clues onto why Candy may feel just so at home in Abarat.

The only part of this book that I could pick at was the beginning. Some time passes unwritten between book one and book 2 and it left me a
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candy Quackenbush picks up her adventures a few weeks after The First Book of Hours left off, as her idyllic explorations of the islands comes to an end. Christopher Carrion continues to pursue her, first through minions and then personally. Everyone Candy has gotten to know will get involved in the war that is coming, a war that threatens the whole of Abarat.

Barker continues to offer up an explosion of imaginative ideas. The creatures are like nothing I've ever seen, and the accompanying illust
Jul 19, 2014 Lin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Abarat series, and in my opinion, much better than the first. The initial volume was largely set-up: characters (many, many, MANY characters), defining/describing the two worlds of Abarat and Hereafter/Chickentown, and laying the groundwork for the troubles to come.

This book, however, takes that background and runs with it. There is a clear storyline, trials and tribulations, drama, death, and a hefty bit of desire, all leading to a true climax. The big reveal wasn't a gr
General H. Sassafras
*insert usual disclaimer that I love Clive Barker more than I ought to*

I was so impatient to start the next Arabat book that I read all 600+ pages in a day or so. Whoops.

I was disappointed that my version of this (and Absolute Midnight) do not have the glossy paintings like Arabat did...While I can use my imagination, Master Barker is one of my favorite artists. It would have been nice to see them.

The story was quite good! Some of the things that one of my heroes envisions are just so breathtak
Nov 27, 2009 Bryana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankly this book blew me away.

And after reading the first Abarat book, i would expect nothing less.
From the fascinating text to the breathtaking yet equally terrifying art,
I soaked up this book with a childlike wonderment.
Truly a rare find.
Thank the stars there are three more, equally (IF NOT MORE) thrilling books to come.

You, my good sir, are a literary genius.
Aug 30, 2014 Nik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I'm a huge fan of Clive Barker and Abarat is an amazing series. This was a spring re-read for me so I can finally read the 3rd book of the series. I love book 2. I love Christopher Carrion sooooo much and his horrid grandmother. Candy is fantastic. This book ends so insanely. This series is dark and lovable. I want these in movie form some day, but done properly.
Mar 06, 2007 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Clive Barker's "Abarat" series. A young girl named Candy Quackenbush (a name you have to love) from Chickentown, Minnesota is the heroine and the books detail her adventures in another world. The book is a fun read and has extraordinary art work done by Mr. Barker himself.
Astrid Lim
Oct 26, 2015 Astrid Lim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the sequel as much as the first book :) It's full of adventures, very intense.. even though I can guest the twist since the beginning of this book XD Candy is a cool heroine and her character is developed more in this sequel. I can finally read the last book now!
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Il viaggio oltre ogni immaginazione non è ancora terminato. Sono trascorse solo otto settimane da quel giorno in cui una tempesta ha scagliato Candy Quackenbush da Pollipoli, la cittadina del Minnesota in cui vive, su Abarat, il magico arcipelago in cui ogni isola è una diversa Ora del giorno, e le Ore sono venticinque. Otto settimane che l'hanno cambiata: Candy avverte dentro di sé una forza che non avrebbe mai pensato di possedere, ha pronunciato parole di potere che una qualunque ragazza del ...more
This was sort of not a fast moving plot, which was surprising. Just as creepy as ever, though veering from absurdy Alice and Wonderland into slightly carnival-y acrid trippy images. Felt like it was just ramping up for the final book in the trilogy, but the character who had three mouths, and the Wunderkammen with the totemix, and the creepy monstrous freak show were all really great image. I really liked Barker's drawings in this, they felt really essential to the story, which is unusual. The C ...more
Geordie Jones
Aug 21, 2007 Geordie Jones rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only serious Clive Barker fans
I really liked the first Abarat book, but found this one too boring to get through. The art work is good, but the story doesn't seem to take off.
Damian Serbu
I love the imagined worlds created by Barker. This is another one. For Barker, a "lighter" read than usual. But entertaining and fun.
Dec 18, 2008 MacKenzie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like the whole theme in the Abarat series, but the book is a lot longer than it needs to be and really drags!
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It ...more
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