Fast-paced and bewildering, Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones is the second novel in the How’s Moving Castle series. Although not directly connected with the story in its prequel, the book brings an enriching addition to the young adult, fantasy series. Even readers who have not read the first book can still get as much enjoyment from it as a standalone book.
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Cover and Details of Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (PDF)
- Title: Castle in the Air
- Author: Diana Wynne Jones
- Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Date Published: March 5, 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006755305
- ISBN-13: 9780006755302
Summary of the Book
Jones once again exercises her talent for humor in a lively fantasy adventure. It is not necessary to read Howl first; the story stands strongly on its own. In fact, fans of Jones’ earlier book may be puzzled at first as to what the connection could be…until they glimpse hovering on the horizon a castlelike cloud…or is it a cloudlike castle? At any rate, the story begins as Abdullah, a humble carpet merchant in the marketplace of Zanzib, acquires a flying carpet and lands in the midst of a series of fantastic adventures. The cast of characters includes an evil djinn, beautiful princesses, a genie in a bottle, women-turned-cats, and soldiers-turned-frogs. This is the Arabian Nights with a twist. Readers may be breathless from the rapid changes of scene and quick pace of events, but they won’t put down the book until they figure out all its secrets.
Reviews of Castle in the Air
Another great book that is sort-of a sequel to Howl’s moving castle. I do wish we had stuck to Sophie’s and Howl’s life together but this book’s focus is on some new characters and their budding relationship and adventures. It may be a weird comparison but it was a bit like reading “The Horse and His Boy” after finishing the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. You wish the story focused on the original beloved characters but you end up loving the new ones just as much and do get glimpses into the original character’s lives. That’s probably not the best description but its a good book! (by Casual Triathlete, amazon.com)
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