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“I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. “The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.”
And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of sixteen-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.
Candy travels through the Abarat from island to island and across the sea with an unlikely band of friends: the escaped prisoner Malingo the Geshrat, the quarrelsome John Brothers, who all share the same body but never the same opinion, and the many other colorful characters they meet along the way.
The problem is that trouble finds Candy wherever she goes. And soon she discovers a secret plot, masterminded by the diabolical Mater Motley, who is obsessed with becoming Empress of the Islands. Her method is simple. She will darken the skies, putting out the suns, moons, and stars. She will bring absolute midnight.
Surprisenly good. I didn't know if I'd like this series but I got hooked.Published 7 days ago by L. Johnson
These books are magical. Clive Barker really takes you to a new world of fantasy and wonder. This man has imagination to spare. Great read I can't wait for the 4th in the series!Published 19 days ago by Dustin W Webb
I enjoyed the book but when so many bad things happen over and over it is somewhat depressing.
It seems the conclusion leaves us wondering if Candy and her pals will be back... Read more
Absolute Midnight was a disappointment. The first book in the series was a delight and I looked forward to Candy, the main protagonist, visiting every hour of Abarat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lyall dawson
another novel by clive barker that astonishes, intrigues and captivates the readerPublished 1 month ago by Thomas E. King
I love Clive Barker and his Abarat series. It has been my all time favorite for years. A great read for those who enjoy fantasy.Published 1 month ago by Leona
My fault for not combing the reviews more carefully, but this paperback edition doesn't contain the illustrations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Multhauf
Amazing book, just as wonderful as the first two. So glad I finally was able to buy it paperback.Published 2 months ago by Mars