Book: Castle In The Air
Author: Dianne Wynne Jones
This is my 82nd read for the year
This is the story of Abdullah. Abdullah is a carpet salesman who owns a modest booth in the desert. One day, a stranger comes by and sells him a magic carpet. Abdullah doesn't know what to make of it, but finds that when he falls asleep on the carpet he ends up in the courtyard of a beautiful princess. Abdullah - thinking it is a dream - falls asleep each night on the carpet hoping to return to Flower-in-the-Night until one day, a djinn kidnapps her and Abdullah realizes it wasn't a dream after all. Thus starts an adveture to save the princess. A soldier, cats, a genie, and a castle help Abdullah find Flower-in-the-Night on an adventure he could never have imagined.
This is the second book in the Howl's Moving Castle series, and it was just as good as the first. We have the Folio Society edition, and the artwork is incredible. The story flows nicely, and is well written. Howl and Sophie make an appearance at the end of the book, and for awhile I thought this was more of a stand alone book than a sequel. And I still feel that way - while Howl and Sophie tie Howl's Moving Castle into this book in the end, it truly isn't about them.
A good book and I am looking forward to reading the third.