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

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All things in their time . . .

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 this 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 t
Paperback, 569 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2004)
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Carole Reading the first one again can be good but is not necessary. Barker wrote some reminders along the second novel, so you will not be lost. But it sure…moreReading the first one again can be good but is not necessary. Barker wrote some reminders along the second novel, so you will not be lost. But it sure is good to remember all the details of this incredible oniric world :D(less)

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Jun 17, 2014 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
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από το μαιτρ του τρόμο και της φαντασίας έρχεται ακόμα ένα βιβλίο από το αρχιπέλαγος του Άμπαρατ, όπου κάθε νησί αντιστοιχεί σε μια ώρα του εικοσιτετραώρου και το απόλυτο σκοτάδι παραμονεύει να τυλίξει όλα τα νησιά. Οι εικόνες που παίρνουμε είναι εκπληκτικές, μάλιστα κάποιες μας της δίνει έτοιμες εικονογραφημένες ο ίδιος ο συγγραφέας, ενώ η έκδοση είναι επίσης εξαιρετική. Εν τούτοις, κάτι δεν μου άρεσε τόσο πολύ...

Τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία της σειράς δεν έχουν μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά και προφανώς για
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 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

Rebecca McPhedran
Woah! The second installment in the Abarat series. Candy is still in the Abarat, running from villains left and right. The most notable (and scariest) are Christopher Carrion and his grandmother Mather Motley. We meet some new characters, and some of our favorites come back together again, to fight dragons, and rescue Candy from life-threatening situations.
We also travel back to Chickentown, to check in with her family. There are a few secrets revealed in this book that were nice to know. I thi
Astrid Lim
Aug 09, 2007 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!
Feb 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Damian Serbu
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I love the imagined worlds created by Barker. This is another one. For Barker, a "lighter" read than usual. But entertaining and fun.
Jul 06, 2012 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 Sunako Salt
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, magic, series
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
Erwin Adriansyah
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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 rated it really liked it
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
Ira Booklover
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ummm...apa saya saja ya, yang merasa kalau nama Christopher Carrion itu keren, *eh. Puisi yang dia buat untuk Puteri Boa juga bagus-bagus, (tiba-tiba merasakan simpati kepada Carrion gara-gara ending-nya). Sayang, aura jahatnya sampai sebegitunya, sampai-sampai orang yang pertama kali melihat, akan langsung tahu kalau dia jahat, (abaikan kalau tampangnya memang jelek).

Sepertinya saya gagal paham, sebenarnya, tokoh Carrion itu mau digambarkan seperti apa sih sama penulisnya. Jahat banget sampai g
Santh memories
Sep 25, 2007 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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd give anything to sail across Izabella and meet the wonderful characters on each striking hour of Abarat. It is not just Clive Barker's words, but his beautiful oil paintings that bring his vivid dreams to life. Every page bleeds creative poetry, blending nightmarish horror with captivating magic in an absorbing fantasy adventure. I dread but look forward to the terrors of Absolute Midnight, if only to see more of Abarat.
Nov 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 13, 2011 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.
Shaun Broadbent
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing book so well written and some amazing twists to the story that had already pulled me in from the first book..
now on to book 3 and hopefully enjoy many more twists and turns.
Clive Barker hats off to you sir
Melanie Williamson
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-series
I quite enjoyed this, despite it being a while since I read the first one in the series. It wasn't quite as fantastical as the first, as the islands have less of an impact on the story as Candy tries to escape Carrion and his henchman. This did get a bit repetitive and I would have liked Candy herself to discover more of the truths about herself, rather than be told them all. But it did entertain me and look forward to reading the next one in the series, whenever Barker decides to write it!

For m
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Es original y una buena apuesta para los fans de la fantasía mas pura e imaginativa, Clive Barker crea una ambientación en la que he querido perderme y una protagonista que me ha gustado, además de algún buen secundario, hasta los malos tiene sus puntos positivos. Llegado un momento y metida en la trama me empezaba a ver venir algunas cosas pero en su mayoría me ha sorprendido y es algo que agradezco de vez en cuando, vale la pena darle una oportunidad, eso si, mejor no dejar mucho tiempo de por ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Oh my god! I loved this book just as much as the first! The heroine finally finding the answers to questions all through the first book and bravely taking on villains that you love to hate but can't help feeling sorry for. War, love, family, trust and friendship. This book will send your emotions making you feel as though you just might be bipolar or manic even if you are not. Every character had their own story and they all intertwine in some way. I cannot recommend this book anymore highly!
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“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” 3917 likes
“I dreamed I spoke in another's language,
I dreamed I lived in another's skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger's kin.

I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator's name.

I dreamed--and this dream was the finest--
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.”
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