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Summary

A magical Arabian Nights tale from the captivating creator of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. The dazzling sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. 

Far to the south in the Land of Ingary lives a young carpet merchant called Abdullah. In his dreams, he is the long-lost son of a great prince. This dream is a complete castle in the air...or is it?

Abdullah’s day-dreams suddenly start to come true when he meets the exquisite Flower-in-the-Night, daughter of the ferocious Sultan of Zanzib. Fate has destined them for each other, but a bad-tempered genie, a hideous djinn and various villainous bandits have their own ideas. When Flower-in-the-Night is carried off, Abdullah is determined to rescue her - if he can find her.

©2021 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Embarrassingly prejudice novel

I loved the first book, 'Howl's Moving Castle' and had a high opinion on D. W. Jones before embarking on the second novel. It became immediately apparent she hadn't researched Arab culture beyond Aladdin and at times was uncomfortably racist. The poorly veiled misogynistic themes didn't come as a surprise as it was written in the 80s when most novels romanticised such views, so I took it with a pinch of salt. However it was the cruel and consistent fat shaming throughout the novel that made me feel so disheartened. I finished nonetheless and was so disappointed as it just seemed to get worse as the story progressed. I don't recommend this book at all, but perhaps someone with less sensitivity may find it an easier read than I. Despite this, the audio presenter did a lovely job at bringing characters to life.

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fantastic sequel

fantastic sequel in a amazing trilogy, massively underrated. only wish there was more wizard howl content in the world.