Castle in the Air PDF/EPUB ☆ Castle in MOBI

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 298 pages
  • Castle in the Air
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English
  • 12 February 2018
  • 9780064473453

10 thoughts on “Castle in the Air

  1. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    Another very readable book from DWJ, and one I've just finished reading to my daughter, Celyn. Refreshingly independent princesses being semi-saved by our devoted hero, a carpet salesman from the desert city of Zanzib. He's not hero material, and never resorts to violence, but he's a good fellow and carries the story well.

    We get all the standard Aladdin-esque trappings, a magic carpet, a genie in a bottle, evil djinns, bandits, sultans, camels... and for a while you think you know roughly where it's all heading. Then things veer northwards and we find ourselves treading old ground. Greener ground. Zeroing in on territory thoroughly trodden in book 1. You'll find yourself anticipating the reappearance of the Wizard Howl and Sophie.

    The ending was where things fell apart a little for me, and perhaps for Celyn judging by the somewhat bemused silence she greeted it with (she's non-verbal but normally makes her views known). In a frantic rush everything seems to turn into everything else - like the Scooby Doo mask-pulling finale ... on speed.

    Anyhow, it was good at the end to finally catch up with Sophie and Howl. We're moving onto the third book of the trilogy next - looking forward to it.

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  2. Emma Emma says:

    Castle in the Air is Diana Wynne Jones' sequel to her amazingly awesome novel Howl's Moving Castle. It was originally published in 1990 (four years after Howl's Moving Castle). At first glance, this novel doesn't sound like a sequel--it sounds more like a companion book at best--but I promise it does explain more about Howl and Sophie, just not right away and not, perhaps, in the most obvious way.

    That said, this story is set in the Sultanates of Rashpuht a land far to the south of Ingary (where Howl and Sophie make their home). Instead of a land akin to King Arthur and Merlin, Rashpuht is much more likely to harbor Aladdin and other desert-dwellers. This change in setting, along with a new protagonist, make for the most dramatic differences between Castle in the Air and its predecessor.

    Abdullah works as a carpet merchant in the city of Zanzib. Abdullah's stall may not be as prosperous as his father's first wife's relatives would like, but Abdullah can't stand most of them so he doesn't worry too much. What really bothers Abdullah is the fact that he's selling carpets at all. Abdullah is convinced there is more to life and spends a good deal of his time daydreaming about what his life could be like if, say, he were a prince who had escaped bandits and disguised himself as a carpet merchant before he found his true love.

    All in all, the young man doesn't give his daydreams much thought until he is sold a mysterious carpet. With the carpet, Abdullah finds that all of his dreams seem to be coming true with alarming accuracy. Whisked to a magical garden, Abdullah meets and falls in love with the beautiful and intelligent Flower-in-the-Night only to have her abducted by an evil djinn. So begins Abdullah's adventure as he and his carpet set off to rescue his true love.

    This being a novel by Diana Wynne Jones, the plot is filled with charming twists and enjoyable characters throughout. The other great thing about this novel is how much Jones fleshes out the world she introduced in Howl's Moving Castle. As the novel progresses, readers learn more about the relations between Ingary, Rashpuht, and Strangia (a land that becomes important later, trust me). At the same time, Jones also creates a completely new set of customs and even a new diction for her Rashpuhtian characters which gives the novel an impressive depth.

    I don't know if this was the intended effect but, even though both novels are written in English, this change in diction also creates the effect that the characters here speak a different language and that, on some level, their customs would be very foreign to those found in Ingary. One of Jones' best inventions is that buyers and sellers in Zanzib always speak to each other in the most formal and flowery way. This habit creates a lot of conversations that function on a variety of levels much in the same way body language can add to an exchange. For example:

    It is possible that my low and squalid establishment might provide that which you seek, O pearl of wanderers, he said, and cast his eye critically over the stranger's dirty desert robe, the corroded stud in the side of the man's nose, and his tattered headcloth as he said it.

    It is worse than squalid, mighty seller of floor coverings, the stranger agreed.

    Exchanges like this appear throughout the novel and make it really enjoyable to read. At the same time this type of double talk suggests that Abdullah is a shrewder narrator than Sophie might have been at the start of the novel. Abdullah doesn't always know exactly what's going on during the novel, but he always tries to make sure he comes out on top (or at least not on a forty foot pole).

    On its own, Castle in the Air is a lot of fun as far as fantasies go. Read in combination with Howl's Moving Castle and House of Many Ways (Jones' latest novel featuring Howl and Sophie due out in June 2008) this book is excellent.

    You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print

  3. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    In this sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, the wizard Howl gets mixed up with djinni, genies (in this story they're two different species) and some Arabian Nights-type characters (from the sanitized version I read as a child). Abdullah, a humble young carpet merchant with big (day)dreams, is sold a magic carpet by a suspicious-looking stranger, which leads him to a beautiful princess named Flower-in-the-Night, a genie in a bottle, and other adventures. Abdullah is forced to leave behind his daydreams and take action when a djinn kidnaps Flower and takes her to his castle in the air to be one of his many wives.


    Eventually Abdullah's and Flower's story twines together with some of the main characters from Howl's Moving Castle.

    Abdullah's ability to use flowery language to good effect is told with affectionate humor:

    O elegant tapestry of enchantment, Abdullah said, O carpet composed of most complex cantrips, I pray you to move at a sedate speed toward Kingsbury, but to exercise the great wisdom woven in your fabric to make sure that we are not seen by anyone on the way.

    Obediently the carpet climbed through the mist. . . A hoarse and trembling voice said from the bottle, Do you have to flatter it so disgustingly?

    This carpet, said Abdullah, unlike you, is of an ensorcellment so pure and excellent that it will listen only to the finest of language. It is at heart a poet among carpets.

    A certain smugness spread through the pile of the carpet. It held its tattered edges proudly straight and sailed sweetly forward into the golden sunlight above the mist.
    This was a fun, delightful Aladdin type of story, great for middle grade/YA ages and anyone who enjoys children's lit. The plot is a little smoother and easier to follow than Howl's Moving Castle, but perhaps also a little less engaging and complex. If you've read that book, the ending of this one will be more enjoyable and make more sense, but I think it could still be enjoyed without having read Howl first.

  4. ~The Bookish Redhead~ ~The Bookish Redhead~ says:

    I feel rather conned here. This story was not the experience I was expecting, especially when Howl's moving castle is one of my favourite stories. The only worthy part of this particular book, is the cover. It's attractive and inviting but the plot, not so much.

    I love Howl's moving castle, as it was beautiful, exciting, and the characters were different. In this installment, the main character was irritating as hell. He just wasn't likeable, and in my opinion, this was entirely due to the writing style of the author.

    It came to my attention, that Abdullah (our main character) was thinking about a woman (Flower-in-the-night) and described her as being educated, but also as beautiful and thin. So, in order for a woman to be beautiful, she just HAS to be referred to as thin, too? This has been happening as long as time, and it's damaging, as well as tiring.

    The main cast from the previous book are in this, but definitely not enough, and Abdullah alone is not enough to make a story entertaining and whimsical. So disappointed with this, and I'm unsure whether I will go on to finish this series.

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2), Diana Wynne Jones (1934)
    Castle in the Air is a young adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones, and first published in 1990. The novel is a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle and is set in the same fantasy world, though it follows the adventures of Abdullah rather than Sophie Hatter. The plot is based on stories from the Arabian Nights. The book features many of the characters from Howl's Moving Castle, often under some sort of disguise.
    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم نوامبر سال 2012 میلادی
    عنوان: قلعه ای در آسمان: جلد 2 از قلعه متحرک هاول؛ نوشته: دایانا واین (وین) جونز؛ مترجم: بهاره افشارنژاد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، بهاره افشارنژاد، 1384، در 248 ص، شابک: 9640670359؛ یادداشت: ادامه کتاب قلعه متحرک نوشته دایانا وین جونز، با ترجمه شراره صدیق، کتابسرای تندیس در سال 1381 هجری خورشیدی است، موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 م
    ا. شربیانی

  6. Cat Cat says:

    Going back to reread one of favourite childhood authors has opened my eyes to some of the problematic aspects of Jones' writing.

    First of all, I tried to understand the story through Abdullah's narration. There is a possibility that he was not a reliable narrator, so Flower-in-the-Night's beauty could have been greatly exaggerated. Still, every chance he gets, he describes her astounding beauty--oh, and she's also clever to boot, so that's a bonus, but definitely not needed. It irritated me that they could fall in love so quickly--they knew each other for less than three days before they were married in a double wedding--under false pretenses. Abdullah only loved Flower for her beauty; Flower only loved Abdullah because he was the first man besides her father with whom she had made contact. Both of them were incredibly naive, having had no chance to get to know each other before they were married. When Flower was acting coldly towards Abdullah, I thought, Great, the other princesses have educated her about her plans for a hasty elopement. Now she knows that Abdullah only valued her for her beauty and, while it was nice of him to come to her rescue, she certainly didn't need him. But, what happens instead? She acts all haughty because he didn't kiss her. Of all the things to get mad at him for--this scene was truly a giant face-palm.

    Speaking of hasty marriages, what was that scene between the soldier/Prince Justin and Princess Beatrice? He only chose her because she was one of the least attractive people in the room and she looked like she could mend his clothes? Who agrees to this kind of marriage proposal? Oh, Princess Beatrice of course. Again, two characters who do not know each other at all somehow end up together because the woman is naive enough to comply.

    I guess what I'm working towards is that the females in this world are so weakly written that they become part of the landscape rather than characters themselves. The women do nothing but clean (Sophie in the first book), cook (Martha), sew (Princess Beatrice), and have babies (almost all of the Hatters immediately after the events of Howl's Moving Castle). While there's nothing wrong to choose these lives for themselves, I felt it a great injustice to have their heroism taken away by men with magic. Sophie, a great magician herself, must rely on the Wizard Sulliman, Howl, Abdullah, the soldier, etc. to save her. Clever and logical Flower had to wait around for Abdullah to rescue her. Even Lettie, Sophie's strong-willed sister, was made to kept her powers secret because Ben doesn't like people to know that I can do magic. The only thing worse than their constantly getting overshadowed is the fact that the men view nothing wrong with this. Abdullah doesn't like Sophie for being strong-willed. He views this trait--as well as other traits like being fat--to be undesirable in women. And, of course, he is right, for the two fat, ugly girls that he was nearly forced into marrying are vain and stupid--just as he predicted--and have no problem spending the rest of eternity in exile with an immature and spoiled djinn. Great. What an strong message for young girls who read this story.

    While I certainly haven't lost my awe for Jones' vivid imagery and her descriptive writing of these far-off magical kingdoms, it seems that I have lost respect for her characters.

  7. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    You cannot rob robbers with a kitten in your hat!

    In this story full of magic, wishes and One Thousand and One Nights reminiscence (it is very similar to Aladdin's tale), we follow characters who look absolutely different from the first book... It almost seems that this story is not about Howl and Sophie at all... Or is it? 😏

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot and, I must admit, maybe even more than Howl's Moving Castle. I found it more cohesive, and the story, although very different from the first book, was equally, if not more, enchanting. I love the author's writing style, and since I think it is very suitable for fairy tales, this second book - which is more of a fairy tale - felt absolutely perfect for her way of writing. Very enjoyable read! Now I am even more curious of what I'm going to find in book three! 🤣

  8. Fran Fran says:

    Let's start with the important part. I did like this book. A lot. Now, if you don't like authors who play with our preconceive ideas of how stories and characters should work, you won't like this book as much as I did. Because that's how Wynne Jones build her stories, by playing with the understood to make it new.

    No, to matter at hand, my review: Castle in the Air is a companion book to Howl’s Moving Castle. It's the story of Abdullah, a young merchant from Zanzib. One day, a mysterious man sells him a magic carpet. The carpet, one of those inanimate objects that nonetheless seems to have a mind of its own, leads him into a lovely garden where he meets and falls in love with Princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched by a djinn. Abdullah, then, sets off to rescue his love with the help of his magic carpet and the good head on his shoulders.

    Like in Howl's Moving castle, in this second book, Winne Jones impresses me by weaving together a story from what it seems are a series of random details, which significance only becomes evident as the plot advances. In this novel nothing is wasted, for every word, every scene, every character has is place and reason to be. Some help us see this new and unknown world while others give substance to the story.

    Wynne Jones plays with out expectations, giving us insta-love that while seemingly cliche in fact is there to show that falling in love is rather an excuse and not a reason to change our lives and go for an adventure.

    A truly enjoyable read.

  9. Katerina Kondrenko Katerina Kondrenko says:

    8.5 out of 10

    Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
    Living A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

    John Me – Love Is My Drug, Is My Medicine

    Genre: fairytale, fantasy
    Stuff: jinn, flying carpet and castle, magic
    Fail: funny, but not charismatic MC
    WOW: old characters, the plot, humor
    POV: 3rd person, male
    Love-Geometry: none

    “Fate doesn't care most of the time.”

    Okay, I have to admit, I pick this book up thinking only about Howl and ended up being indifferent in new characters' fates, but the story itself and the writing (especially Russian translation) were super funny and smart, plus old heroes had played their roles, so overall I'm happy and ready for more.

    This installment's adventures start in Zanzib where we meet Abdullah who sells carpets and loves to dream. One day a stranger offers him an old magical item which soon changes the boy's life: he falls in love, but his sweetheart gets abducted and Abdullah has to save not only her, but his own life too. Danger is everywhere, but with a flying carpet, a nasty jinn, a skillful solder and a few crazy cats the boy will go to Ingary and become a hero.

    In this part we'll see Howl and Sophie, Lettie and her husband (until this book I wasn't sure whom she will marry: prince or mage), little Valeria, Calcifer and others. It's been only a year since the ending of the book #1, but there are serious news about everyone. Howl and Sophie now one of my favorite pairings. They aren't your typical HEA-couple, their quarrel, they fight, they know each other's flaws and don't mind them at all, 'cause you can't love a person partially, only whole. I'd love to see these two in a more mature setting, it might be firework-ish!

  10. Krystle Krystle says:

    Castle in the Air is the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. That being said I picked this up with trepidation because I was rather disappointed the book wasn’t going to be from the main characters in the first, nor would it have a direct focus on it. But they do occur later on.

    That being said, I loved this book! I loved how she managed to turn this into another one of her witty, light-hearted, but not lacking in depth, fantasy tales. It was unique, original, and if I hadn’t read spoilers beforehand I would have been quite shocked at the twist at the end. It was quite ingenious how she managed to trick us throughout the whole book. Her descriptions and writing were fabulous as always, and she never manages to fall into the cliché.

    Definitely a wonderful book. Even if the summary doesn’t sound as engaging as the first novel, give it a chance because it’s an excellent read that will more than satisfy you at the end.

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Castle in the Air[EPUB] ✰ Castle in the Air By Diana Wynne Jones – In which a humble young carpet merchant wins, then loses, the princess of his dreams

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a In which a humble young carpet merchant wins, then loses, the princess of his dreamsFar to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming Castle in MOBI :↠ He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpetThat very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess FlowerintheNight, only to have her snatched away, right under his very nose, by a wicked djinn With only his magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess.

About the Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie née Jackson and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers 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 Castle in MOBI :↠ her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed.