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Castle in the Air

(Howl's Moving Castle #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  32,128 ratings  ·  1,995 reviews
In which a humble young carpet merchant wins, then loses, the princess of his dreams

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a
Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 7th 2001 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1990)
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LJF They are in this, but one of them doesn't show up until the middle of the story, the other until nearly the end. However, if you're paying attention,…moreThey are in this, but one of them doesn't show up until the middle of the story, the other until nearly the end. However, if you're paying attention, you can actually figure out where they are much sooner than that.(less)
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Mark Lawrence
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another very readable book from DWJ, and one I've just finished reading to my daughter, Celyn. Refreshingly independent princesses being semi-saved by our devoted hero, a carpet salesman from the desert city of Zanzib. He's not hero material, and never resorts to violence, but he's a good fellow and carries the story well.

We get all the standard Aladdin-esque trappings, a magic carpet, a genie in a bottle, evil djinns, bandits, sultans, camels... and for a while you think you know roughly where
Emma (Miss Print)
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
"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 (
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In this sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, the wizard Howl gets mixed up with djinni, genies (in this story they're two different species) and some Arabian Nights-type characters (from the sanitized version I read as a child). Abdullah, a humble young carpet merchant with big (day)dreams, is sold a magic carpet by a suspicious-looking stranger, which leads him to a beautiful princess named Flower-in-the-Night, a genie in a bottle, and other adventures. Abdullah is forced to leave behind his daydrea ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2), Diana Wynne Jones (1934)
Castle in the Air is a young adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones, and first published in 1990. The novel is a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle and is set in the same fantasy world, though it follows the adventures of Abdullah rather than Sophie Hatter. The plot is based on stories from the Arabian Nights. The book features many of the characters from Howl's Moving Castle, often under some sort of disguise.
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Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Zamak u oblacima donosi u istoj meri ono što nam je doneo i njegov prethodnik - pregršt šarenila i avantura. Zbog tematike na momente sam morao da se podsećam da ovo nije Salman Ruždi, već neko drugi...
Stil pripovedanja, ali i pisanja, je otprilike isti kao u prvom delu, i može se naslutiti kako će se roman završiti, kao i "prošlost" određenih magijskih predmeta ili likova. Jednostavno čitalac može da "nanjuši" sumnjivog lika ili sumnjiv predmet i da pretpostavi šta se u njemu krije.
Victor Almeida
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, tenho
Terminar uma leitura sorrindo não tem preço. Não tinha dúvidas de que esse livro seria fantástico, assim como O Castelo Animado.

A escrita da Diana é fora do comum. Ela sabe fazer com que a história brilhe e transborde magia. A forma como é escrito, parecendo quase uma fábula antiga, te imerge em um universo magnífico e deslumbrante, com personagens maravilhosos e completamente diferentes. Eu me apaixonei tudo de novo. Fiquei surpreso em me deparar com algumas coisas de O Castelo Animado — não ac
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Let's start with the important part. I did like this book. A lot. Now, if you don't like authors who play with our preconceive ideas of how stories and characters should work, you won't like this book as much as I did. Because that's how Wynne Jones build her stories, by playing with the understood to make it new.

No, to matter at hand, my review: Castle in the Air is a companion book to Howl’s Moving Castle. It's the story of Abdullah, a young merchant from Zanzib. One day, a mysterious man sell
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Le había puesto tres estrellas de primero, pero me lo he pensado y he cambiado a dos porque el machismo que impregna esta historia no me dejaba disfrutar de ella. El castillo ambulante es uno de mis libros favoritos, y toparme ahora con ESTO, de verdad que no lo entiendo.

Aunque no continúa la historia como tal después de El castillo ambulante, sí aparecen sus personajes allá por el último tercio del libro. Pero, vamos, para lo que hacen, mejor que no los hubiese metido en la historia, porque est
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Katerina Kondrenko
8.5 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
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John Me – Love Is My Drug, Is My Medicine

Genre: fairytale, fantasy
Stuff: jinn, flying carpet and castle, magic
Fail: funny, but not charismatic MC
WOW: old characters, the plot, humor
POV: 3rd person, male
Love-Geometry: none

“Fate doesn't care most of the time.
Marianne - November Words
I won't ever get tired of Howl and Sophie, even if there's not very much of them here. Still, a fun and enjoyable book!
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Una vera e propria fiaba che mette di buonumore (dovrebbe essere prescritta come medicina).

E i colpi di scena non mancano! (view spoiler)

Rubo l'aggettivo alla recensione di Fefi (scelta di parola perfetta ^^):
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Loved it. Even better than the preceding volume (which I did enjoy), because everything I disliked about Howl's Moving Castle was fixed herein.
Ricardo Marín
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
4.5 / 5

Una descripción hermosa de los escenarios. Incluso poética. Un excelente y original libro de fantasía.

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
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Not as good as Howl's Moving Castle, but a very entertaining story.
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this book was really good! it was funny and had all of hte great characters from Howl's Moving Castle along with a few new and very entertaining characters. there were some plot twists along with curses and disguises. it had a great ending with many surprises. so all in all, the perfect book.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Karen ⊰✿
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we have a story of a carpet-seller Abdullah who wants to marry a Princess, finds a magic carpet, a genie, a motley-crew of friends and goes about trying to rescue the Princess from a powerful Djinn. It is great fun and would suit middle-grade audiences as well as those *ahem* my age.

Many years ago I went to an outdoor cinema that happened to be playing Howl's Moving Castle. I had no idea what to expect, no idea that it was based on a book, and I fell in love with it. Which led me to eventua
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al principio del libro la historia me estaba gustando pero no me acababa de convencer, me hacía gracia la alfombra, el genio me caía super bien, los gatitos, pero no conseguía conectar con Abdullah ni el soldado. Toda la historia de Flor-en-la-noche me estaba pareciendo un poquitín empalagosilla y deseaba que pasasen más cosas.

Pero cual fue mi sorpresa cuando se va descubriendo poco a poco (view spoiler)
steph // bookplaits
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I thought this was really fun read, just slightly more than Howl's Moving Castle, which I was surprised by! The main character in this one, Abdullah, speaks in the most ridiculous, flowery way, and I loved it! I can see why people might get bored of it after a while, but I continued to find it very charming. Probably my main issue was Abdullah equating slimness with beauty, and of course the whole insta-love thing between him and Flower-in-the-Night (what a name...). I was so intrigued to find o ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Мені сподобалося навіть більше за Ходячий замок Хаула, чарівно й невимушено.
I r h
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2010
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
Sinceramente mi ha spiazzato e non in modo positivo.
Io pensavo che fosse in tutto e per tutto un sequel, anche se venivano presentati nuovi personaggi, nuove storie, che la presenza di Howl e Sophie fosse sicura e persistente.
Invece no! Il mio adorato Howl si presenta quasi alla fine, in modo si bizzarro, come sua abitudine, ma per niente significativo!
Mi sono sentita quasi tradita! Ammetto che possa sembrare una cosa estremamente emotiva, ma così è stato… presa dalla massima delusione, non m
Amy Leigh
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This as a great spin off to Howl's Moving Castle. While Howl and Sophie aren't main characters you will see them at small points throughout the story. This story felt like a fun retelling of Arabian Nights/Aladdin. I connected with Abdullah quickly and loved how much of his life we learn about before he meets the princess. The way he finds the flying carpet is so well written and the story is just a fun read.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what I wanted to read next and so I perused my library's overdrive where I found this book to be available for download. I love when a random selection becomes a book you fall in love with! Flying carpets, djinns, loveable characters, compelling had all this and more! Definitely will pick up more by Diana Wynne Jones in the future. :)
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(3.5 stars) Not as good as Howl’s Moving Castle, but enjoyable. I don't know what else to say about it, possibly because listening to it on audiobook means I started it so long ago. I missed Howl and Sophie and Calcifer, and felt that this book had a little less of the inherent charm Moving Castle had, though it has its own humor (especially the genie).
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