3 Oct
Joanna Cotler Books/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2011 Beautifully illustrated by Clive Barker/hardcover first edition - 569 pages Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

Joanna Cotler Books/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Beautifully illustrated by Clive Barker/hardcover first edition – 569 pages
Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

My night jasmine slowly withered away into death’s grip last winter when the freeze was too much for it to stand. It slowly returned a few months ago, a phoenix. And so this journey through the Abarat – withering away into death’s grip. It too, a phoenix.

Within these books are the words that awaken the imagination. There are visions to be seen, and sentiments to surface; there are manners of dread that will linger long after the page is turned; you will choose your allies and think you know your adversaries. From within the pages of Barker’s fictional Abarat characters, you will become fond of some and loathsome of others. And you will join in the fight to stave-off the darkness. No question.

This third installment into the land of the Abarat, finds our heroine and her band of friends unraveling ‘…. a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming Empress of the Islands.’*

The books of the Abarat are scuro. To say the least. But none more-so than Absolute Midnight. The darkness prevails not so much in the absence of light but in the primordial presence of daunting fright.

The Abarat books live within a quintet. Three have already been published, with two brewing, nearly ready to be served. And, whilst there are many writers to capture your fantastical imagination, and are very good at it, Clive Barker, in my opinion, stands-up where others stand-down.

I do hope to find you waiting in the Abarat when book four is released – let us be amazed together.



*taken, in part, from oft the dust jacket front flap.


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