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Castle in the Air

By: Diana Wynne Jones
Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
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A magical Arabian Nights tale from the captivating creator of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. The dazzling sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. 

Far to the south in the Land of Ingary lives a young carpet merchant called Abdullah. In his dreams, he is the long-lost son of a great prince. This dream is a complete castle in the air...or is it?

Abdullah’s day-dreams suddenly start to come true when he meets the exquisite Flower-in-the-Night, daughter of the ferocious Sultan of Zanzib. Fate has destined them for each other, but a bad-tempered genie, a hideous djinn and various villainous bandits have their own ideas. When Flower-in-the-Night is carried off, Abdullah is determined to rescue her—if he can find her.

©2021 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • KT
  • 01-15-22

Embarrassingly prejudice novel

I loved the first book, 'Howl's Moving Castle' and had a high opinion on D. W. Jones before embarking on the second novel. It became immediately apparent she hadn't researched Arab culture beyond Aladdin and at times was uncomfortably racist. The poorly veiled misogynistic themes didn't come as a surprise as it was written in the 80s when most novels romanticised such views, so I took it with a pinch of salt. However it was the cruel and consistent fat shaming throughout the novel that made me feel so disheartened. I finished nonetheless and was so disappointed as it just seemed to get worse as the story progressed. I don't recommend this book at all, but perhaps someone with less sensitivity may find it an easier read than I. Despite this, the audio presenter did a lovely job at bringing characters to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-21

fantastic sequel

fantastic sequel in a amazing trilogy, massively underrated. only wish there was more wizard howl content in the world.

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  • Harbster
  • 11-10-22

Wonderful story, enjoyed it very much.

Loved it, intricate and unusual story, like a Persian carpet worked into a western fairytale. if only all locked up princess could have a magic carpet, and a ginnie wouldn't do any harm too.

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  • Sophie
  • 09-06-22

Well...

If I had mixed feelings about the first book, this one makes it even harder to review my experience. If it wasn't for Kristin Atherton's excellent performance, I think I would've stopped somewhere in the middle. The biggest problem for me are the characters. I just found hardly any of them likable at all, especially not the main character, so it was difficult to root for him and his shallow love story (love at first sight bc the princess is oh so beautiful). Maybe I need to treat it all more like a fairy tail but I just crave some proper character arcs/development which we get none of. There's also a lot of superficiality in the writing (always pointing out who's "slender and gorgeous" and who's not - usually the "fat ones") which I found decidedly off-putting. And still, there is a lot of great potential and creative ideas in this book once again! So maybe I'll buy the 3rd one too. Atherton's narration will make it worth my while at the very least.

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  • Rj2018
  • 03-15-22

I really enjoyed this book!😄

It was really good but since Howl and Sophie only came in at the end, I didn't enjoy the start as much. But overall it was a good book!😊