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Abarat: Absolute Midnight

(Abarat #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,017 ratings  ·  435 reviews
Abarat: Absolute Midnight continues the thrilling adventures of Candy Quackenbush in the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Mid ...more
Hardcover, 571 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Rebecca Lunny
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Paul E. Morph
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This third book of the Abarat series is even darker than the second, with Barker channeling his inner Lovecraft. There's even a ladleful of Pratchett here (although that's the slightly less dark part of the story, as you'd probably guessed.)

So that's me done with Abarat for now, what with this being all that Mr. Barker has written so far. Now to sit back and wait for book four; it's only been seven years since part three came out so it must be out soon, surely. Right? Right, Clive? Right?
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, horror


Okay. So I'm used to disappointment. It happens. And it's very easy to be hurt by something that you've been waiting for for .... I could look up the exact amount of time between the last book and this one, but I don't feel like it. Five years? Seven? Three? Enough that hope and expectation became so inflated that it would be almost impossible for this book to live up to it.

So, apparently, Clive Barker didn't even try.

It's not the same world. It’s not the same mood or tone. No: it doesn
Nov 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011booksread
I can't tell you how painful it is to give this book only 3 stars. I love the previous books in the series, but after waiting SEVEN YEARS for this one, I'm disappointed. The plot is ok, the developments fine, but it doesn't really feel like that much happened, especially considering the relative length of this book. Plus, there's one story in the first half regarding one villain, that then TOTALLY disappears for the rest of the book while a second plot and villain take over. I'll admit that I'm ...more
Either my memory of the first two books is really faulty, or my personality changed, or Barker's writing did, or something. I remember really liking Abarat, and thinking the second one was not as great but still good. For sure I don't remember them having this weird misogyny, or religious elements. And while I remember the whole setting being pretty crazy (in a good way) I don't remember the characters' behavior not making sense. I'm thinking particularly of the section with the witch on the isl ...more
David Skies
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
This is just some bad fan fiction, right?
Dec 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with this book. I loved the first two, and I was very excited to read this one, but it just did not hold my interest. If it were not for the fact that I am curious to see what happens to Candy and all her friends from the previous books, I would have stopped reading it about half-way through.

I have three major issues with this book. The first is that it was hard for me to relate to Candy. I think that in the first two books, she was still somewhat connected with the Herea
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
After seven years of anticipation, I wish I could say it was completely worth the wait. From cover to cover, the book was not that impressive. Of course there was the same stylish string of inconsistencies throughout this book as there has been for the last two, as expected, but this time, it was as if each chapter, instead of adding to the existing chronology, lost it altogether and forced an entirely new one. There is no flow to any of the chapters, as if they had been written occasionally on ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
(Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)

As overjoyed I was to finally get a chance to read this, I was also incredibly apprehensive. On one hand, darkness taking over is something Barker does well. On the other, I wasn't sure really what could possibly happen to Candy or Abarat to warrant three more books. Happily, re-reading the first two books assuaged most of my fears and Absolute Midnight itself was more than worth the wait.

Wow. I am still reeling from the emotions, the darkness, the characters,
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth-mg-ya
I was tempted to go 2 stars on this one out of sheer disappointment. The book is okay, but after the first two and the six year hiatus, I was expecting mind-melting awesomeness.
But this was a really fragmented work, where two plots evaportate mid-way and another takes over (dad? Boa and Finn?).
Old characters come back, but briefly and for many of them without a real purpose within this work, more just as reminders. New characters are introduced, and I have to agree that the love interest one l
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
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May 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy, own
As much as I love the Abarat books, I was so, so disappointed in Absolute Midnight. Barker's fantastic sense of world-building is there, and the Abarat is more fleshed out (and darkly terrifying) than ever.

There is, however, precious little plot continuity. I found myself wondering, not once, but multiple times, if an entire section had been left out between "Days of Magic, Nights of War," and "Absolute Midnight." The characters make references to events that have never before been mentioned. Ch
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I was thrilled to receive this advance copy from the publisher as a part of the Goodreads / Firstreads program. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high..but i was rather disappointed with this book. I liked the first in the series alot - tho it seemed to be a bit all over the place, and loved the 2nd which was more focused and fun..and was glad to see the series was to have its big ending. But - sad to say, this one was a mess. Characters change or show up for no reason, things happen too fast w ...more
Amy Lynn
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh, I was so very disappointed in this effort, #3 of the Abarat series. I love the first two offerings, but this was so lacking in continuity and adequate or logical characterization (both in new characters and ones we thought we knew) that I came close to setting it aside before I finished it. It is hard to go into greater detail without giving away spoilers, but needless to say I'm hoping that numbers 4 & 5 both come sooner than this did and also return to the quality of the charming and quirk ...more
Feb 26, 2008 marked it as to-read
Aug 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Why, it's like listening to a child unwind the very innards of his imagination into the willing ear he's been waiting for.

I had an on-going internal battle while reading over weather I liked being pelted with so much CONTENT. The layers upon layers of unspeakably catastrophic events I found a tad over-dramatic at times....and then downright ridiculous!! It felt like being soaked in endless color of the strange, stranger, and grotesque in order to distract from his worst nightmare: stillness. I
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Missy (myweereads)
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Hopelessness is reasonable. But nothing of worth in my life came of reason. Not my love, not my art, not my heaven. So I am hopeful..”

Absolute Darkness by Clive Barker is the third volume in the series of The Abarat story and it takes us through the devastating destruction that is being planned by Mater Motely. She wants to envelope Abarat in complete darkness getting rid of the sun, moon and stars. She starts the end of the world and the only obstacle in her way is Candy Quackenbush, the hero
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I have been waiting for this book FOR. EVER. Will be putting this on the "to purchase" list since I own the first two, and they are gorgeous!
I waffled on 3 and 4 stars for what I consider the final book in the Abarat series. This was a good solid conclusion as far as I am concerned, though the end of the book seems to indicate there are more to follow. Not sure I feel the need to pursue the further adventures of Candy and her band of friends and warriors. Beautifu
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The long awaited third in this wonderful series absolutely repays fans' patience. Barker does something that I'm not sure I've ever noticed a YA series do, and that is to grow in complexity as the original readers grow in age. The first book was a fun imaginative whimsical ride through the land of Abarat. The second continued the fantastic journey of Candy Quackenbush, but the storm clouds of war begin rolling in and the tone becomes much darker. Now with the third installment, Barker's writing ...more
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter is great - intriguing, new and in keeping with my expectations.

After that...well, either I kept falling asleep and all my memories of the book are really weird dreams, or that first chapter was the only one actually written by Barker and the rest was written by an alien or something. I was distressed by some plot twists, and befuddled by others. Candy was barely recognizable as the cool young woman discovering who she is. Even Mater Motley's evilness was less interesting. Disa
Dog Ear
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Seven years is a long time to wait...but it was worth it!

And I hope all you fans will check out our new trailer for this third installment: you can watch it at

Michelle @ Dog Ear Creative
Oct 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Just as good and thrilling as the learn about courage, love, and slef-strengh
Sep 28, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for this book for a very long time, and it makes me sad to see that it's been (yet again) pushed back. I'm not sure how much longer I can wait! I want it NOW!!
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yad
Amazingly different, this series has kept my on my toes, and I love the world he has built. The pictures have just added do much to my enjoyment of the book.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-gave-up
We're the first 2 this tedious? I didn't think so. And I was SO looking forward to this.
Kathy Logan
Dec 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Utter garbage. HUGE disappointment in ending the series. I would rather have not had an ending at all for the series, for how poorly this one was written.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4¼ stars

Unlike many of you, I didn't have to wait 7 years to read this book, for I first heard of this series a couple of months ago. I read the three books back to back, and now I cannot wait for book 4 which is called The Price of Dreams. I prefer reading paperbacks. However, since there are no paintings in them, I will definitely buy the last 2 books in hardcovers (anyway, I wouldn't be able to wait for the paperbacks to come out :P )

I love the pacing of the story and Barker's transitions bet
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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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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