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Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air

(Book #2 in the World of Howl series)


Book Overview: Castle in the Air

In this stunning sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones has again created a large-scale, fast-paced fantasy in which people and things are never quite what they seem.

There are good and bad djinns, a genie in a bottle, wizards, witches, cats and dogs (but are they cats and dogs?), and a mysterious floating castle filled with kidnapped princesses, as well as two puzzling prophecies. The story speeds along with tantalizing twists and turns until the prophecies are fulfilled, true identities are revealed, and all is resolved in a totally satisfying, breathtaking, surprise-filled ending.

Abdullah was a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer. His father, who had been disappointed in him, had left him only enough money to open a modest booth in the Bazaar. When he was not selling carpets, Abdullah spent his time daydreaming. In his dreams he was not the son of his father, but the long-lost son of a prince. There was also a princess who had been betrothed to him at birth. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

All fans of classic fantasy books deserve the pleasure of reading those by Diana Wynne Jones, whose acclaim included the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. As Neil Gaiman stated, she was "quite simply the best writer for children of her generation."

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Diana Wynne Jones was an eminent British author, renowned for her contribution to fantasy novel for young adults and children. Born on August 16, 1934, in London, Diana's writing career was strongly influenced by her childhood experiences during World War II. Striking a harmonious balance between reality and fantasy, Diana wove narratives that opened infinite portals of imagination for her readers. Her array of work extends over four decades, including more than fifty novels, several plays and a labyrinthine collection of short stories. Some of her most notable works include "Howl's Moving Castle," "Charmed Life," and the series of "Chrestomanci," all of which were lauded for their whimsicality, wit and peculiar perspective towards magic and myth. Diana's enchanting creativity in everyday situations and profundity of character development were widely recognized. She won several awards including the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her novel "Howl's Moving Castle" was also adapted into an acclaimed animated film of the same name by Studio Ghibli. Despite no longer being with us since March 26, 2011, Diana Wynne Jones continues to inspire with her magical words. Her work transcends through time and appeals to children and adults alike. With her storytelling, which boasts both depth and creativity, she has left an everlasting mark on the landscape of children's literature. Diana Wynne Jones's legacy remains alive through her rich imagination that still resonates, shapes, and enlightens the minds of young readers today.

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