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Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
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Jan 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, fiction
Read from January 06 to 18, 2011 — I own a copy

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 really evil or was he like Jessica in Roger Rabbit, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way?” Was he thrust into the role of “bad guy” by still stronger forces?

I liked this one better than the first, the story seemed to flow smoother, perhaps because I already had some level of familiarity with many of the large cast of characters developed and brought into to this second book. The ending left many threads dangling in the air like leaves on a tree in late fall. I will no doubt begin the third book in the series to learn where those leaves might fall.

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Reading Progress

01/06/2011 page 26
5.0% "Love the pictures." 1 comment
01/12/2011 page 352
69.0% "The adventures of Candy Quackenbush get a little darker. Love the shared dream with her mom."
01/16/2011 page 406
79.0% "Bring on the great flood! Whoo Hoo!"
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