ABARAT

26 Aug
HaperCollins 2002 1st Edition hardcopy with illustrations YA Fantasy 432 pages 458 if you consider Some Excerpts from Klepp’s Almenak (and you should)

HaperCollins 2002
1st Edition hardcopy with illustrations
YA Fantasy
432 pages 458 if you consider Some Excerpts from Klepp’s Almenak (and you should)

There is something blowing in the wind. Something that smells a bit off. It seems to be coming from the ocean on black filtered clouds that scud the rim of the night’s darkness. Familiar; yet oddly pleasing.

“The storm came up out of the southwest like a fiend, stalking its prey on legs of lightning.” * …. and so it begins.

This is a dazzling fantasy for the young adult, that translates quite nicely into a more mature mind. This is a telling beneath the words. So reader be aware – there’s a black cat with an eye in the candle’s flame, and fantastic journeys ahead for those willing to see beyond the obvious.

This isn’t just a story about a girl who doesn’t want to be where she is, and doesn’t care much for the people who surround her. This is a story about Candy Quackenbush who decides to leave her boring world and her troublesome home-life in Chickenville, only to meet a master thief, John Mischief, who carries the heads of his seven brothers on his antlers. Together they swim away on the Sea of Izabella, far from the dangers of a man named Mendelson Shade who needs what Mischief has entrusted to the girl.

This is the first in the Abarat quintet, and lays the ground work for the ones to follow; it introduces the reader to the many unforgettable characters; and, to the most unusual wickedness that waits –

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For the most part, Clive Barker writes for us. The ones who have left our childhood behind to venture into a more suitable darkness of fantasy and horror fiction. Come. Escape. Lose yourselves in a Pandora’s Box of magical delights. Feast your eyes on the genius that is Clive Barker.

(1952 - )

(1952 – )

An interesting side note: Abarat is an ambigram, a palindrome as it were. Barker never ceases to amaze. Oh. And by the way? If you do choose to enter the world of Abarat, be sure to stop by and say hello. I’m still there, on the island of the 25th hour consorting with the Fantomaya.

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*Abarat/first sentence; page one – Prologue

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