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Castle in the Air (1990)

by Diana Wynne Jones

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Series: Howl's Castle (2)

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Having long indulged himself in daydreams more exciting than his mundane life as a carpet merchant, Abdullah unexpectedly purchases a magic carpet and his life changes dramatically as his daydreams come true and dangerous adventures become daily fare.
  1. 40
    House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Also features Howl, Sophie and Morgan
  2. 30
    Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Also features Howl and Sophie
  3. 20
    The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley (bmlg)
    bmlg: playful fantasy with Arabian Nights themes
  4. 20
    The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (mybookshelf)
    mybookshelf: Similarly whimsical interpretations of the difficulties of being a princess.
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kitties!! loved what everyone turned out to be, if that makes sense. and lol oh Abdullah. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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Title: Castle in the Air
Series: World of Howl #2
Author: Diana Jones
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 176
Words: 67K

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Castle in the Air follows the adventures of Abdullah, a handsome young carpet salesman from Zanzib, who daydreams constantly about being a stolen prince. One day a strange traveler comes to his stand to sell a magic carpet. During the night, Abdullah goes to sleep on the carpet but wakes up to find himself in a beautiful garden with a young woman. He tells the woman, Flower-in-the-Night, that he is the stolen prince of his daydreams, believing that he is in fact dreaming. Flower-in-the-Night, who has never seen a man other than her father, first believes that Abdullah is a woman, so Abdullah agrees to return the next night with portraits of many men so that she can make a proper comparison. He does so, and Abdullah and Flower-in-the-Night decide to get married.

Abdullah returns the next night, but he arrives just as Flower-in-the-Night is snatched away by a huge flying djinn. Soon after, the Sultan of Zanzib captures Abdullah who then discovers that Flower is actually the Sultan's daughter. Enraged that his daughter is missing, the Sultan blames Abdullah and throws him in jail, threatening to impale him on a 40-foot pole if his daughter is not found. Fortunately, Abdullah is saved by his magic carpet and escapes from Zanzib.

Abdullah ends up in the desert and stumbles upon a group of bandits, who have in their possession a particularly cranky genie who grants only one wish a day. In the night, Abdullah steals the genie and flees. After a wish, Abdullah is transported to Ingary and ends up traveling with a bitter Strangian soldier whose country was recently taken in a war with Ingary. While traveling to Kingsbury in search of a wizard, the two stumble upon a cat and her kitten, whom the soldier names Midnight and Whippersnapper, respectively.

As they travel, Abdullah wishes for the return of his flying carpet, who brings with it the very Djinn that kidnapped Flower-in-the-Night. It is revealed that the Djinn, Hasruel, is being forced to kidnap princesses from all over the world by his brother, Dalzel. The two proceed on the carpet to Kingsbury, which is where they find Wizard Suliman, who, upon realizing that Midnight is actually a person in cat form, returns her to being a human. As the spell is lifted from the woman, who turns out to be Sophie Pendragon, her baby, Morgan is returned to his normal self as well. However, when they go to collect the baby, he is no longer in the inn, where he was left with the soldier.

Abdullah and Sophie then order the carpet to take them to Morgan. The carpet does so, taking them far into the sky, to the castle in the air, which is merely Wizard Howl's castle, having been greatly enlarged. There they meet the abducted princesses and plot with them to escape the flying moving castle. Led by Abdullah, they overpower the two Djinn, freeing Hasruel who banishes his brother. Flower-of-the-Night had by then wished the Genie free, who turned out to be Sophie's husband, the top-level sorcerer Howl.

My Thoughts:

My feelings about this book almost exactly what I felt when reading Howl's Moving Castle. That always makes writing a review that much harder.

The light fairytale'ish feeling permeates the entire book and not at any time did I feel that things weren't going to work out for Abullah, even if we come to realize that things might not work out exactly how he planned or wants. When I reviewed Castle in the Air in '08, I ended it with the words “Light and Delightful”. Both still definitely apply in the best sense of the words.

This isn't exactly a sequel to Howl though. More of another book set in the same world where some of the same characters from the previous book intrude. Just to make things complicated though, Howl's Moving Castle was made into an anime movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Beautiful film that is more “inspired” by the book than a direct medium change. The complicated part comes because Miyazaki had previously made a movie called Castle in the Sky. It has nothing to do with this book however. What's more, this book was written in 1990 while the anime movie Castle in the Sky was made in 1996. Howl the book was written in 1986 while Howl the movie was made in 2004. Confused yet? Good. You're just a schmuck if that confuses you. But even if it does confuse you and makes you a schmuck, at least now you're a better educated schmuck about something that nobody really cares about. And if that doesn't stand for everything that the internet represents, well then, I guess I'M a schmuck.

(no schmucks were harmed (very much) in the writing of this review)

★★★★★
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Sep 21, 2020 |
The continuation of "Howl" and his life with Sophie. Intricate, fabulous world-building. Great characterisations. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Apr 3, 2020 |
Great story..
I miss Howl and Sophie, they appear so little (I mean in their true forms).

How could the djjin change Howl when he is as strong as the djjin? And who did change Sophie and Morgan? I think it's better if I read the book again.


I wonder where is Michael? and Martha? ( )
  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
Took me a bit longer to get into than Howl's Moving Castle, but still an enjoyable read. Howl and Sophie are in the book but not in the way you'd expect, so probably not the book for people only interested in them. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Craig, DanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Jos. ACover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viitanen, VilleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyatt, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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