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The Reconciliation (Imajica, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 10, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (May 10, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061094153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061094156
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Barker's most ambitious work to date...rapturously full of emtions." -- -- L.A. Life

"Exhilarating...[a] masterpiece." -- -- USA Today

"Mesmerizing invention." -- -- Publishers Weekly

"Spellbinding." -- -- The Atlanta Journal

"Wonderfully entertaining...Clive Barker is a magician of the first order." -- -- New York Daily News

"[A] dazzling metaphysical epic-adventure...An astonishing feat of the imagination...Barker's best yet." -- --Kirkus Review

About the Author

The Thief of Always is Clive Barker's first book for children. He is the internationally best-selling and award-winning author of several books for adults, including Weaveworld, Imajica, and Galilee. Mr. Barker regularly shows his art in Los Angeles and New York, and produces and directs for both large screen and small. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Imajica is one of my ultimate Clive Barker favorites.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on January 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is hard to believe that it has been over ten years since I first read this mammoth novel- and some thirteen since it was first published. I think "mammoth" is not exaggerating, for how else do you describe on novel that exists as two separate volumes, each of over 500 pages? This isn't a casual read. It represents a considerable investment in time. There are also so many characters, settings, plot lines, specialized vocabulary and underlying principles to keep straight.... Yet, it is worth the investment in time and effort.
The basic framework, like so many of Barker's other novels, is that of a hidden world behind the superficial façade of our mundane world. Barker is such a master at interweaving mundane, and profane, details into the greater fabric of his realities that you find yourself totally drawn in. I found myself totally immersed in this hidden reality. For this is a story of five worlds, or dimensions, or Dominions. These make up the whole of Imajica. That is, they should. Two hundred years ago there was an attempt to reconcile our own fifth Dominion with the other four. This ended in a metaphysical catastrophe so great that that nearly all of the Dominions great theurgists, shamans, and theologians were killed. The result was that almost all magical knowledge passed from our world and for two centuries science and materialism held grim sway.
Now, conditions are once again ripe for an attempt to reconcile the Dominions. The great magus', or Maestros, know that this may very well be the last attempt to heal the rift in creation. To fail this time will undoubtedly mean two more centuries of isolation- plenty of time for the Fifth Dominion to destroy itself in nuclear or ecological suicide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on May 21, 2002
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When Judith's estranged husband hires a mysterious assassin to kill his wife, he unwittingly sets in motion a sequence of events that will change all the dominions of the Imajica, of which Earth is the fifth. Both Judith and her former lover John "Gentle" Zacharias are drawn into the mysteries as the assassin Pie 'oh' Pah leads them both forward to remembering their origins and connections to each other and to the ruler of the other dominions, the Autarch. Judith's journey veers from Gentle's when she finds evidence of buried and suppressed goddesses on Earth and in the other dominions. But the Autarch has domination plans of his own, and he won't be stopped without drawing blood first. "Imajica" is essentially about healing, and about love. Gentle is a broken man, a habitual womanizer, who's brought to a place of healing through his relationship with Pie 'oh' Pah, a mystif with the power to change sex according to another's true desires. Judith is claimed by many men, but she battles this ownership, and must find her own way and rely on her own strength if she's to assist in bringing the dominions back together. And ultimately it's in Judith's hands whether this healing of the Imajica comes about or fails yet again. It's a gorgeous epic fantasy that soars to a reader's heart, and once there plants a seed of imagining the world as a better place, much as Gentle and Judith do. This is one of my favorite all-time books. I feel so wordless in attempting to describe it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
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Clive Barker maintains an almost dazzling sense of control over material that would, almost certainly, have bested a lesser author. Rather than becoming impatient with the book's lenght, I found myself wishing he had slowed down and given the individual characters even more time to develop their distinctiveness. A minor complaint I admit, but the degree of my enthrallment at the entertainment was tempered only by my desire for a slightly, at times, less breathless pace. If you are a lover of imaginative writing that dares to be great however, don't miss it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
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In this, the second half of Imajica, we find Gentle venturing to see the First Dominion, where the fabled Happexamendios (God), is supposed to reside. Wonderfully odd perspective on men, the way they think, and the psychology of a god created and worshipped by men. Such fresh ideas could only come from someone outside looking in, as Clive Barker is a classic example. (Intended as a compliment.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Stone on October 25, 2008
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I was looking forward to purchasing this item, but after reading L. Farster's review, I decided to do a bit of research. Like L. Farster, I discovered that The Reconciliation (Imajica, Book 2) is not "new" book, but rather that the original Imajica (I have the hardcover from '91) has been split into two books. Thanks, L. Farster, and yes, Amazon.com should make more it clear!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1996
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I have to admit I only read the Dutch translation of the book. There is no such thing here as Imajica I or Imajica II, there's just IMAJICA. And that's the way it should be. I don't know whose idea it was to turn the epic into two seperate books, but in my eyes it is WRONG!!! Everyone who has decided to read the first book and to ignore the second, will be left in the In Ovo (you'll understand what I mean if you have read the book). Anyway... everyone who has read the first book, will probably feel an uncontrollable urge to read the second one as well. My advice: don't hesitate. There's more to follow. Watch Gentle as he stumbles along. Keep you're eyes on the ever-enchanting Judith. And... beware of Sartori...
More than just a book. A bible for all romantic souls (and dark souls as well). Experience the thrill of being taken away to the other dominions. Open your mind to the beauty and horror of... IMAJICA...
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