Monday, November 10, 2014

Castle in the Air

Castle in the Air is a middle grade/YA fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones. It’s also a companion to Howls Moving Castle.

To keep from being spoiled at all on Howl’s Moving Castle – I recommend you read it first. You can read my review here.

Young carpet merchant Abdullah makes smart buying decisions and spends his free time with his friend Jamal and Jamal’s people-hating-except-for-Jamal-and-Abdullah dog.

He also spends a lot of his time dreaming.

When one day a mysterious man sells him a persnickety magic carpet, things begin to get complicated.

That very same night, Abdullah awakens to find himself in his imagined palace garden and meets girl just like the one he’d daydreamed about – she is a princess and her name is Flower-in-the-Night.

Just as Abdullah begins to think all of his dreams are coming true – Flower-in-the-Night is kidnapped by a wicked djinn.

A quest has begun – as he must save her!

Along the way his stubborn magic carpet leads him to a shady genie and deceitful soldier. Not to mention a couple of black cats.

Is there any way Abdullah and this strange group of “helpers” can rescue the princess?

This is my fourth foray into the novels of Diana Wynne Jones and I can officially say I am a fangirl!

Castle in the Air is utterly charming! It made me smile from start to finish – making this reader’s heart a happy one!!!

It’s clever in that wordy way I love, witty and joyful to read. Castle in the Air surprised me, refreshed me and felt FUN all the way through!

As appears to be a common theme for Jones, we have strong females shown, fantastically silly situation, splendid dialogue, humor and that grounding in astonishing character development.

Plus, having peeks at Sophie and Howl’s life after Howl’s Moving Castle was AWESOME!

I loved Castle in the Air! It is truly a book for all ages – as are all of Jones’ books that I’ve read to date.

All I can say is: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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