Barker, Clive. Abarat II: days of magic, nights of war.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BARKER, Clive. Abarat II: days of magic, nights of war. (Sequel to Abarat.) HarperCollins, Joanna Coffer Books. 512p. illus. 0-06-029170-2. $24.99. SA*

Second in a projected series of four books, this dark fantasy continues the adventures of teenager Candy Quakenbush of Chickentown, MN in a magical island realm filled with a multitude of bizarre creatures.

In the first book, Abarat (an ALA Best Book for YAs; reviewed in KLIATT in November 2002), Candy received a key that the evil Lord of Midnight, Christopher Carrion, wanted, and in this sequel he sends his minions to try to capture her. Carrion wants to do away with Candy because she stands in the way of his goal to bring "Absolute Midnight" to the world. A secret in Candy's past revealed by her mother provides a clue to her special relationship to the world of the Abarat, as she tries to understand her role in the...

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