Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air

Book - 2008
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Abdullah meets and falls instantly in love with the beautiful and clever Flower-in-the-Night. But a wicked djinn sweeps the princess away right before Abdullah's eyes, leaving the young man no choice but to follow.
Publisher: New York : Eos, 2008
Edition: 1st Eos ed
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780061478772
0061478776
Branch Call Number: FICTION JONES
Characteristics: ix, 383 pages ; 20 cm

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CassandraOverney
Jan 06, 2018

O scholar of books (meaning you) please enlighten your heavenly being and read Castle in the Air (read Howl's Moving Castle first if you haven't already).

Disclaimer: This book is filled with exaggerated praise (reference example above) which will make the reader laugh hysterically.

Besides the funny and entertaining nature of this book, there is also a witty and unique cast of characters. No one is truly evil in this book. I personally liked how the book felt very conclusive. If one character was introduced, you got some idea of what happened to him/ her. In that way, Castle in the Air felt very complete and wonderful.

So scholar of books are you ready to go on a crazy adventure to find out what is going on with the Castle in the Air? (Please answer yes and read it!!)

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gobula
Dec 19, 2017

Very much okay! Not as enjoyable as Howl's Moving Castle, but still quite nice.

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booksmile
Oct 31, 2017

Almost gave up in the first 100 pages--it's like an Aladdin story in a generic middle east setting--but then they get to Ingary and non-Aladdin-ey things start happening.

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 01, 2016

Great addition to the world of Howl and Sophie!! I actually realized while reading this that I read the continuations of HMC out of order (I read The House of Many Ways before this title, and this one actually comes before that one in chronological order), but it didn't really matter to me. As usual, Dianna Wynne Jones makes her novels shine and stand out amongst other fantasy.
Abdullah was a likable main character, and relatable (I mean, although only a select few of us secretly have a magic carpet, most of us have some form of pressuring, less-than-friendly relatives). The cultural differences between Ingary and Zanzib intrigued me (especially the whole eloquent speech thing). Flower-in-the-Night didn't stand out too much, but you see her through Abdullah's eyes, and because Abdullah loves her, you can't (exactly) hate her.
I loved seeing this book cross over with and pick up where Howl's Moving Castle left off. For those of you who haven't read that title yet (1) READ IT NOW(!!!!!!!!!!) and (2) I won't spoil things for you (or for those who HAVE read HMC but haven't read Castle in the Air yet), but goodness...it's so great to see Howl and Sophie and Lettie and Princess Valeria and other familiar faces that I won't mention for the sake of the plot. I loved how DWJ intertwines everything and builds the character of Sophie and Howl and their continued dynamics. It's amusing and fantastic.
Once again, DWJ crafts a fun tale. Although none of her other books will dethrone Howl's Moving Castle as my favorite of her works (and one of my favorite books, and also movies, of all), this was another great work by her. Do read it. I actually liked it better than the House of Many Ways, although that one is still worth a read. All 3 of the titles in this series are, actually.

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esmith3966
Mar 26, 2014

This was such an amazing book!!!!!!!

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kaylaramos
Jan 15, 2012

Would love to get a copy of this, just read Howl's Moving Castle.

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shiehsamantha
Nov 17, 2010

Amazing, just like Howl's Moving Castle (which by the way is kinda the prequel to this book) and Howl is just as amazing as ever, although you only realize who he is in the end. Lots of mystery, adventure and humor. MUST READ FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE READ HOWLS MOVING CASTLE.

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Mar 01, 2016

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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