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There were a couple typos? I guess the reason it didn't get five stars from me is that 1. I'm stubbornly miserly in giving away my precious, precious stars, and 2. Even though I enjoyed every second of it Every. I will most definitely be purchasing this book at some point. Castle in the Air is indeed a companion to Howl's Moving Castle , but the first thing to accept is that you won't be seeing much of Howl and Sophie.

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Once I did that, I was able to relax and enjoy this entirely different book. Abdullah is from Rashpuht, and this is where the story begins. As the names suggest, there's a definite "Arabian Nights" flavor to the narrative. Abdullah finds himself with a magic carpet, that he doesn't know how to control, exactly, and meets with the princess Flowers-in-t Castle in the Air is indeed a companion to Howl's Moving Castle , but the first thing to accept is that you won't be seeing much of Howl and Sophie.

Abdullah finds himself with a magic carpet, that he doesn't know how to control, exactly, and meets with the princess Flowers-in-the-Night. Who is kidnapped right in front of him by an evil djinn. And so Abdullah goes on a quest to rescue his beloved, which eventually brings him to Ingary, and into contact with characters from the previous book.

There's some really fantastic characters in here. Abdullah himself, who is a smooth talker but quite sincere in his love for Flowers-in-the-Night. Flowers-in-the-Night herself, who isn't content to be in distress and who is as intelligent as she is beautiful. And Princess Beatrice in particular, though she isn't in much of the book. The plot has a traditional fairy tale feel to it, with some twists. It also has the same sort of chaotic ending that Howl's Moving Castle had, which I liked. I'm very eager to continue the series now.

Per buona parte di questo libro sono stato letteralmente conquistato dal suo fascino esotico da fiaba araba, sembrava un racconto tratto dalle e una notte. Ok, mi ha strappato un sorriso la ressa delle principesse, unico richiamo a quanto visto di buono in partenza, ma da sola non basta. Una sorta di ridicolo: One of the marks of my favorite authors is their ability to keep me guessing—the knowledge that when I crack open one of their books, I should expect the unexpected. This is only my second Diana Wynne Jones read, but I can already see her name rising in the ranks of the authors who do just that.

At no point did I know where the story was going, and in the end I One of the marks of my favorite authors is their ability to keep me guessing—the knowledge that when I crack open one of their books, I should expect the unexpected. At no point did I know where the story was going, and in the end I was so incredibly happy to see how it all ironed out, I can hardly wait to see some of my favorite characters back in House of Many Ways!

Abdullah as a main character provides an interested change of pace. Not only do we shift to the male point of view, but we also have a massive cultural shift in Castle in the Air. Somewhat of a more respectable Aladdin character, Abdullah is a hard-working, respectful carpet merchant rather bored with his current state of existence.

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His cultural upbringing, far from the headstrong hills of Ingary, dictates that he speak in the most flattering and luminescent terms possible, also makes him a little unused to strong minded women of which Castle in the Air has no shortage , and an expert at placating argumentative companions. Harnessed with a persnickety magic carpet, a somewhat vile genie, a soldier who looks trustworthy while awake, and most devious while sleeping, and a pair of most unusual cats, Abdullah is bent on rescuing his love and fulfilling the prophecies that were made at their births.

I appreciated that Abdullah was a completely different character from those we dealt with previously, but still what I loved so much about the first book were the characters Howl, Sophie, and Calcifer. The djinn, however, are more powerful beings that have no such ties, and from what I have read seem much closer to the creatures in Arabian mythology. Also, there was a point that made me uncomfortable where they slap a child to get her to stop crying, and recommend this sort of abusive behavior.

Those quibbles aside, Castle in the Air is a wondrous adventure story which answers the question, what do you do when all of your dreams and nightmares come true? Oh, um…I said brief, right? Sorry… Originally reviewed at Bunbury in the Stacks. View all 7 comments. Como me ha gustado volver a reencontrarme con ellos. I thought this was really fun read, just slightly more than Howl's Moving Castle, which I was surprised by! The main character in this one, Abdullah, speaks in the most ridiculous, flowery way, and I loved it!

I can see why people might get bored of it after a while, but I continued to find it very charming. Probably my main issue was Abdullah equating slimness with beauty, and of course the whole insta-love thing between him and Flower-in-the-Night what a name I was so intrigued to find o I thought this was really fun read, just slightly more than Howl's Moving Castle, which I was surprised by!

I was so intrigued to find out how exactly this is a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle though, and I really liked how that was revealed! Overall I found this a delightfully cute read and I'd say it's a 3. Tengo que decir que ambos me han encantado. En cuanto a la forma de escribir Sinceramente mi ha spiazzato e non in modo positivo. Io pensavo che fosse in tutto e per tutto un sequel, anche se venivano presentati nuovi personaggi, nuove storie, che la presenza di Howl e Sophie fosse sicura e persistente.

Il mio adorato Howl si presenta quasi alla fine, in modo si bizzarro, come sua abitudine, ma per niente significativo! Mi sono sentita quasi tradita! La presenza di Sophie e il finale, tipicamente alla Howl e con un colpo di scena, che fortunatamente mi ha rallegrato e lasciato a bocca aperta, hanno salvato il tutto dalla bocciatura totale.

Ma rimane la delusione… This as a great spin off to Howl's Moving Castle. While Howl and Sophie aren't main characters you will see them at small points throughout the story. I connected with Abdullah quickly and loved how much of his life we learn about before he meets the princess. The way he finds the flying carpet is so well written and the story is just a fun read. Mar 21, Alycia rated it it was amazing. I had no idea what I wanted to read next and so I perused my library's overdrive where I found this book to be available for download.

Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2) by Diana Wynne Jones

I love when a random selection becomes a book you fall in love with! Flying carpets, djinns, loveable characters, compelling storyline Definitely will pick up more by Diana Wynne Jones in the future. View all 5 comments. I don't know what else to say about it, possibly because listening to it on audiobook means I started it so long ago.


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I missed Howl and Sophie and Calcifer, and felt that this book had a little less of the inherent charm Moving Castle had, though it has its own humor especially the genie. This time we move a bit south to the land of Zanzib where we meet our hero Abdulla who is a carpet merchant with a silky smooth way of talking, he falls in love with princess Flowerin-the-night and intends to marry her, but she gets kidnapped and it's up to Abdulla to rescue her from her fate I loved how vast is this world and Abdulla is an adorable character to follow specially the way he talks!

I would still probably read HMC first, because it establishes the characters that you eventually run into, but this book has a different story. Abdullah is a rug merchant in the land of Zanzib. He has a modest reputation as a trader in high quality rugs, but he is young and dreams of adventure.

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One day, a man comes to his stall with a magic carpet. Abdullah, despite his more sensible instincts, buys the rug. When he is finally convinced that she is a real princess, and not a creature of his fevered dreams, they decide they are in love and plan to elope. Before they can do that, an evil djinn sweeps down from the sky and seizes Flower-in-the-Night. This puts Abdullah on a quest to find her.

He is accompanied by a quarrelsome genie, an unreliable magic carpet and a soldier who may not be trustworthy. Unlike Sophie, he has no other motivation than to marry a princess. The evil djinn, Dalzel, and his brother who is forced to help him , Hasruel, are rather more silly than threatening. Again, the previous book did scary and ominous better with the Witch of the Waste and her fire demon. This book, while written for probably the same age level, has less depth and complexity and feisty characters than the first.

Dec 02, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: Abdullah, a young rug seller in the Bazaar, is approached by a strange man who sells him a magical flying carpet one afternoon. There, in the garden, he meets the lovely Flower-in-the-night, a princess, and they fall in love. He and the carpet, a djinn in a bottle, a strange soldier, and a couple of cats all enchanted save for Abdullah , set out to free Flower-in-the-night from the clutches of the djinns Dalzel and Hasruel as well as all of the other princesses they have collected.

At any rate, this was an enjoyable tale — in the style of Arabian Nights , complete with flying carpets, djinns both good and evil , princesses, and prophecies. Castle in the Air - NO spoilers 15 27 Mar 16, Castle in the Air June 8 9 Aug 17, About Diana Wynne Jones. When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London. In her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an educational conference centre.

There, Jones and her two younger sisters Isobel later Professor Isobel Armstrong, the literary critic and Ursula later an actress and a children's writer spent a childhood left chiefly to their own devices. Tolkien before graduating in In the same year she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval literature, with whom she had three sons, Richard, Michael and Colin.

After a brief period in London, in the couple returned to Oxford, where they stayed until moving to Bristol in With a heave, he tossed her face down in front of the saddle and mounted before she regained her breath. She battled against his solace, kicking her heels and trying to slide away.

Perhaps her refusal to scream appealed to his sympathies. Leaning down, he groped for her face, and those same strong teeth he admired bit deep into his fingertips. He jerked his hand back with a grunt and an oath, shocked by her violence, yet not truly surprised. His own carelessness was responsible for his pain, and he sucked the drop of blood from his skin and then tucked his hand into his armpit to warm it.

Her breath froze as she panted harshly, the sound rending the still air. Scratched from the sky by bare, ice-tipped branches, the snow sifted down relentlessly, filling the spaces between the dried leaves with a thin layer of white. Damn, it was cold, and getting colder by the moment. He topped the hill, and the blast of frigid air snatched his breath away. Here the threatening blizzard threatened no more. Enjoyed the fact that Dodd slowly built the romance between the two protagonists because Raymond decided to show Juliana that actions spoke louder than words -- that he was a man worthy of trust and love.

Raymond aspired to work beside Juliana rather than demand he was lord of the realm. Raymond was forced to lay next to Juliana night after night and built her to such a level of lust that she was ravenous for him. And while readers were allowed to see the attraction that built between Raymond and Juliana, Dodd did not share any of the sizzle or spice when it came to the actual lovemaking scene.

Remember the book was written in -- the days of purple-prose sensuality. Dodd did a great job of including some very interestingly-developed secondary characters who added wonderful depth to the story. The last two memorable secondary characters that added to the story were: Dodd did an outstanding job of taking the reader back in time with her descriptions of the buildings, including the political climate of the country, describing the attire and including the roles of aristocrats and serfs reminiscent of England in Agak membosankan dari awal hingga pertengahan, tak tahu mau dibawa kemana alur kisah cinta Juliana dan Raymond.

Tapi cukup mengasyikkan dan membuat penasaran setelah dipertengahan hingga di akhir kisah. Rahasia masa lalu dari keduanya membuat pernikahan yg diharuskan oleh King Henry kepada mereka berdua awalnya membuat Juliana menolak Raymond sebagai suami. Dan Raymond sendiri sempat hampir membatalkan pernikahan mereka karena luka masa lalu yg membuatnya merasa tak sepadan dengan Juli Bintang 3. Dan Raymond sendiri sempat hampir membatalkan pernikahan mereka karena luka masa lalu yg membuatnya merasa tak sepadan dengan Juliana. Sampai akhir aku masih bertanya tanya mengenai luka di wajah Juliana disebabkan oleh siapa, kapan dan dimana???

Raymond, Count of Avrace masih sepupu King Henry dan juga Ratu Eleanor diharuskan menikahi Lady Juliana of Lofts seorang janda berputri dua yg mewarisi 2 kastil dari ayah dan suaminya. Karena masa lalu yg menyedihkan dan memalukan serta tanpa adanya dukungan almarhum ayahnya semasa hidup ayahnya itu membuat JuLiana tak mempercayai pria dan menolak pernikahan dengan berbagai alasan.

Raymon sendiri adalah seorang ksatria yg pernah mengalami kepahitan akan kekalahan dan pernah diperbudak dan berkat kegigihan dan perlawanannya Raymond dapat melarikan diri bersama beberap orang budak lainnya yg akhirnya mejadi pengikutnya. Walau berasal dari kedua orangtua yg memiliki kedudukan dan kekayan yg melimpah, Raymond ingin menancapkan akar bagi kehidupannya sendiri dengan cara menikahi Juliana. Menculik Juliana dan kemudian bahkan mengaku sebagai perancang kastil yg ditunggu tunggu Juliana.

Raymond bertekad membuat Juliana mencintainya dengan cara menaklukkan hati Juliana dan membuka tabir alasan Juliana yg enggan memercayai pria. Setelah identitas Raymond terbongkar dan Juliana dibuat tunduk an mau menjkahi Raymond dan bahkan mencintai Raymond, terjadi kembali peristiwa yg sama seperti yg pernah dialami Juliana gerhadp putri sulungnya yg didalangi oleh paman Juliana yg jahat. Kejadian itu membuat Raymond teringat kembali trauma masa lalunya yg membuatnya merasa malu dihadapan Juliana dan berniat mmbatalkan pernikahannya dengan Juliana.

Selanjutnya, balik Juliana yg bertekad mempertahankan hubungan pernikahannya dengan Raymond yg mulai dicintai dan dipercayainya untuk melindung dirinya dan anak anak mereka, The many details Dodd gives about the setting and surrounding political conflict appear meticulously researched, even when they slow things down. This book is also fascinating in the respect it pays to the religiosity that would have been very real at the time; Dodd balances just perfectly between taking the characters' beliefs in things like demonic possession seriously and keeping the story itself strictly realist.

The characters were likable, which is rarer than one might hope in romances like this; the depiction of Juliana's relationship with her daughters was especially endearing. Where heavy detail didn't slow the book down, perversely enough its attempted mystery did. Several times, there was a huge build-up and literally dozens of pages of hints were dropped, only for the big "reveal" to be little more than a restating of what the reader already knew.

I keep my expectations of suspenseful subplots in these novels low because usually they're secondary, but this one kept jumping in the way of my enjoyment of the love story. The final romantic conflict, once the plot itself has basically come to an end, seemed forced as well. They both loved each other, both knew it, and yet the hero kept insisting that he would leave his wife because "it was best. If the book had ended after the natural climax of the plot, it would have been a lot more satisfying. Jul 18, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a new author for me. Castles in the Air was also different to me because it was set in a time period I have never read before.

It was just after the Crusades. I found it interesting to read something from that time period. I did enjoy this romance story. Juliana is told by the king that she has to marry Lord Avrache.

She does not consent nor does she go to the king when she is summoned for the wedding. She has a past she is hiding as does Lord Raymond Avrache. The way they met was when Ju This was a new author for me. The way they met was when Juliana is heading back to her castle when this stranger grabs her and forces her into a hut to get her out of the snow storm. She thinks she is being kidnapped and going to be forced to do sleep with this man.

She doesn't know that he is her betrothed and he doesn't reveal his true identity either. She believes he is the King's Master Castle Builder. When she does learn of his true identity she doesn't know how to feel at first. This man hasn't treated her like the most other men. You can see the love growing between them even though they both deny it. She doesn't have a big bad secret, although we are skillfully kept waiting, and his revelation didn't seem one to me either, but the way it seemed to keep them apart while really bonding them was nice.

I think this one was indeed better than the awarded CitW, much personal interaction, satisfying characters, all the stuff I said in other reviews about genuine pain when peasants were mauled, genuine independence and rejection of submission. The gripes this time would be that her "shame" seemed unc She doesn't have a big bad secret, although we are skillfully kept waiting, and his revelation didn't seem one to me either, but the way it seemed to keep them apart while really bonding them was nice. And of course he'd not been raped either.

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Mainly I regret the summarising of sexual encounters, one of the worst romance sins in my book s. Both that are actually shown aren't explicit or unique, esp. That is personal taste though and only comprehensible in the light of all the romances I read - the hero and heroine both were dear, appealing, convincing. Dec 11, Nona B. August added it Shelves: Well, cerita yang agak serem dengan konflik yang seperti itu--banyaknya yang terbunuh, tapi itu benar-benar tampaknya seperti apa yang akan terjadi di abad pertengahan.

Bukan setting-nya historical tapi rasanya ceritanya tidak akan ada bila betul-betul terjadi. Well, walau Raymond diceritakan seorang ksatria tangguh dan lainnya, rasanya kurang sreg kalau dia di akhi 3,5 stars Aku tahu ini kelanjutan dari buku Dodd yang udah aku beli tapi baik Raymond atau Juliana, tidak ada yang teringat di otakku. Well, walau Raymond diceritakan seorang ksatria tangguh dan lainnya, rasanya kurang sreg kalau dia di akhir cerita malah 'bersembunyi' di balik tong. Aku tahu maksud dari gerakan itu agar si heroine-nya bisa menunjukkan bahwa dia itu juga berani Tapi rasanya kocak ngebayangin sosok yang diceritakan dengan tubuh yang besar dan pundak yang lebar, haru mengamankan wajahnya saat ia mengaku.

Dan menurutku, walau masih dapat diikuti, tapi rasanya dialog 2 arah antar tokoh pada panjang-panjang--walau aku tetap membaca dan menikmatinya, hanya tidak terlena saja.

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You know what I mean Well, lumayan deh sama buku ini walau that scene totally kurang! Jun 05, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: Although the logic of the plot line did not always fit the times twelfth century , there were many fine points in the descriptions of the castle and its workings that did, so I'd have to say this is my favorite Dodd so far. The hero was a little too sensitive The men of that time were not known for their sensitivity and the heroine a little too feisty, along the lines of Eleanor of Acquitaine, which might have been a bit more believable except for her past, which unlike Eleanor's, was not at Although the logic of the plot line did not always fit the times twelfth century , there were many fine points in the descriptions of the castle and its workings that did, so I'd have to say this is my favorite Dodd so far.

The hero was a little too sensitive The men of that time were not known for their sensitivity and the heroine a little too feisty, along the lines of Eleanor of Acquitaine, which might have been a bit more believable except for her past, which unlike Eleanor's, was not at all supportive of feistiness. And as usual there was too much swinging from side to side of an issue, neither of the protagonists holding the line he or she had taken for long, something I have found confusing in almost all the Dodd books I have read to date.

Sep 01, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: I think this had the potential to be a really good book, instead of just an okay book. Most of the elements were there, but it didn't really come together for me. The book didn't really get interesting until the last 50 or 60 pages, until then, I was just pushing through, waiting for it to get better.

When I read Candle in the Window , the first book in this duo, I got an entirely different picture of Raymond. I prefer Alpha-males with a little vulnerability. I think Raymond was supposed to be an I think this had the potential to be a really good book, instead of just an okay book. I think Raymond was supposed to be an Alpha, but he never quite got there. He wasn't a weakling, he just wasn't as aggressive as I expected him to be. Dec 08, Sharon Eikenberry-Deary rated it it was amazing. Another book which was amazing, of course. It had you wondering what are all the secrets being kept between Raymond and Juliana.

How they came to meet was a signed declaration by King Henry they were to be married. Juliana did not show up to court so the king Raymond to the Castle of Lofts. In his journey he found a woman stranded trying to get home. It was Juliana he told her a tale of being the master castle builder. Thru out the story it is always ups and downs.

Most of all they kept saying w Another book which was amazing, of course. Most of all they kept saying why they could not fall in love with each to themselves but in truth they were.


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  4. We find long time friendships, hate, working together, changes which are accepted, death, and most of all love whcih will last no matter what you past may have been. Jun 26, Not Now Mommy's Reading rated it really liked it Shelves: I bought this book after reading quite a few reviews on it and although it wasn't quite what I expected I thought his charade as the "master castle-builder" would have been carried out a bit longer - it was a pretty good story.

    There were several scenes that made me laugh and one or two that brought tears to my eyes. It made for a very believeable story and I really liked how well the secondary characters were portrayed. I wouldn't say the story was boring in the least and it would make a good I bought this book after reading quite a few reviews on it and although it wasn't quite what I expected I thought his charade as the "master castle-builder" would have been carried out a bit longer - it was a pretty good story. I wouldn't say the story was boring in the least and it would make a good read for many a romance lover.

    Giving this one a 3 out of 5 because it seemed to drag on a little too much in the middle. She has delayed the marriage by a year by claiming illness and various other excuses. Raymond decides he's had enough waiting and goes to kidnap claim her as his bride, but upon apprehending her he decides to use another tactic and try to get her to fall for him under the guise of the Master Castle Builder.

    Cute but a Giving this one a 3 out of 5 because it seemed to drag on a little too much in the middle. Cute but a little lengthy in the middle. Oct 17, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: England The only reason this book got this high was because at the end the plot got really good. I was sick of Juliana's wimpy ass crap.

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