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Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Review by Alleandra

The World: The land of Ingary, only a very different section from that depicted in Howl's Moving Castle.

Characters: Abdullah, his awful (and numerous) family members, Flower-in-the-Night, her father the Sultan, a magic carpet, a dog, a genie, a bandit, a djinn, a cat and her kitten, and a score or so of princesses

The Plot: Abdullah is a dreamer. At his birth, his father Abdullah (a carpet merchant) got his fortune told, and found out that his son had a strange prophecy. Upon his death, he leaves only a portion of his fortune to his son, and the bulk to his other wife and her family. Abdullah therefore sets up a modest booth for himself, and strives to do well, all the while dreaming of adventures he may have had if he weren’t really the son of a carpet merchant. One day, a stranger offers to sell him a threadbare magic carpet. Abdullah decides to buy it, and his life is profoundly changed. The carpet leads to the very adventures he has always dreamed of and more.

Comments: This is DWJ at her silly-dumbest. Although not a horrible book, its just…dumb. I was hoping for another book similar in quality to Howl’s Moving Castle (it is the sequel to that book) but was very disappointed. The tie in to Howl is..well dumb. Lol

Grade: 3.25 out of 5

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