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Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments Castle in the Air
Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2) by Diana Wynne Jones

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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 magic carpet.

That very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden. There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched away, right under his very nose, by a wicked djinn. With only his magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess.

I read this for my 2017 Popsugar Challenge, a book involving a mythical creature. I really loved Howl's Moving Castle and have been looking forward to reading the other two books in the series. This book was a bit of a let down, and didn't quite live up to what Howl's was, but it was entertaining. It was nice to see more of the world from a different perspective.


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Zaz | 3034 comments I read it for 46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air.

The book was overall humorous, in the tone but also in the way the story was written, more aiming at mocking the usual fantasy quests, fairy tales and heroes, rather than at building something serious or realistic. Because of this, the characters were depicted as naive or not totally honest, and people weren't always who they seem to be. I enjoyed to follow them and found interesting the Arabian myths setting :)

Angela | 397 comments I read this for 2018's Week 46 - 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book 4 Air.

I quite enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle when I read it last year, and this is a nice sequel. It offers a different perspective on the characters, and is inspired by the Arabian Nights stories. Abdullah and Flower-in-the-Night are strong and resourceful characters. A fun read.

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