I was tempted to go 2 stars on this one out of sheer disappointment The book is okay, but after the first two and the six year hiatus, I was expecting mindmelting awesomeness But this was a really fragmented work, where two plots evaportate midway and another takes over (dad? Boa and Finn?) Old characters come back, but briefly and for many of them without a real purpose within this work,just as reminders New characters are introduced, and I have to agree that the love interest one lacks any depth which was strikingly odd given that Barker typically gives real nuance even to small side characters it is a real strength of his writing.The vivid imagination is still there however, this is still a hugely unique work that has Barker's stamp all over it In summary my takeaway was that this wasof a Clive Barker bestiary than a fully realized novel due to the fragmented plotting Enjoyable, but ultimately disappointing within the series. Either my memory of the first two books is really faulty, or my personality changed, or Barker's writing did, or something I remember really liking Abarat, and thinking the second one was not as great but still good For sure I don't remember them having this weird misogyny, or religious elements And while I remember the whole setting being pretty crazy (in a good way) I don't remember the characters' behavior not making sense I'm thinking particularly of the section with the witch on the island why is this eviloratleastdefinitelynotgood person risking her and her sons' lives to help a stranger? For free? When it seems to be actually a bad idea for, you know, the safety of the world? Maybe I missed something or forgot something from an earlier book Maybe it would've all made sense later had I kept reading, but I just wasn't enjoying this book. Abarat: Absolute Midnight continues the thrilling adventures of Candy Quackenbush in the Abarat, a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of Gorgossium, the island of Midnight, ruled over by the evil Mater Motley With villains resurrected and morphed and the Old Mother of darkness herself, Mater Motley, at the heart of a ruthless scheme, Abarat is in danger of being destroyed forever Mater Motley plans to create a darkness so complete that it blots out every glimpse of the light and vanquishes the sun, moon, and stars from the Abarat, ending all hope and happiness Her hour has come—she is prepared to unleash the end of the world When evil begins rising from the sea, tumbles The Great Head, and sets islands aflame, the Abarat is filled with fearOnly one person can stop her—Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, USA a heroine who has traveled between the Hereafter and the Abarat She valiantly fights for the sake of her friends and her mother and to speak and act for those who have no voice Candy and her crew battle on to ultimately defuse Mater Motley and rescue the , who have survived, with the message that even in the face of this terror and loss, they may find hope An enthralling ride, with nonstop action, adventure, and suspense, Barker has delivered an epic dystopian battle ✹ [BOOKS] ✭ The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, By R.F. Kuang ❃ – 9facts.co.uk a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day—from The Great Head that sits in the mysterious twilight waters of Eight in the Evening to the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon [BOOKS] ✭ The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, Author R.F. Kuang – 9facts.co.uk where dragons roam [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Animal Antics Joke Book ☉ Sean Connolly – 9facts.co.uk to the dark terrors of Gorgossium [PDF] ✪ Ecstasy ✩ Sean Connolly – 9facts.co.uk the island of Midnight [Ebook] ➠ 1,001 Wisdom Keys of Mike Murdock By Mike Murdock – 9facts.co.uk ruled over by the evil Mater Motley With villains resurrected and morphed and the Old Mother of darkness herself [Read] ➬ Magical Imaginations By Andrew Cliffe – 9facts.co.uk Mater Motley [PDF / Epub] ☉ Hellion (Seven Brides for Seven Bastards ❤ Georgia Fox – 9facts.co.uk at the heart of a ruthless scheme ➪ The Adventures of the Brown Girl in her Search for God Read ➲ Author Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi – 9facts.co.uk Abarat is in danger of being destroyed forever Mater Motley plans to create a darkness so complete that it blots out every glimpse of the light and vanquishes the sun ➽ [Download] ✤ O Pequeno Livro do Rock By Hervé Bourhis ➲ – 9facts.co.uk moon ➥ [Epub] ➟ وطن المنفى By karim tarek ➯ – 9facts.co.uk and stars from the Abarat ❮EPUB❯ ✶ Studies in Creation Author John W. Klotz – 9facts.co.uk ending all hope and happiness Her hour has come—she is prepared to unleash the end of the world When evil begins rising from the sea [Read] ➫ The Thank You Economy ➳ Gary Vaynerchuk – 9facts.co.uk tumbles The Great Head [EPUB] ✻ Love In the Jim Crow South By Kendra Queen – 9facts.co.uk and sets islands aflame [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Revival Styles in American Memorial Art ✎ Peggy McDowell – 9facts.co.uk the Abarat is filled with fearOnly one person can stop her—Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown [Read] ➪ Searching for Sanity By Lindsey Bell – 9facts.co.uk USA a heroine who has traveled between the Hereafter and the Abarat She valiantly fights for the sake of her friends and her mother and to speak and act for those who have no voice Candy and her crew battle on to ultimately defuse Mater Motley and rescue the ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Las semillas del tiempo (Epífanos) Author Juan Carlos Botero – 9facts.co.uk who have survived [Download] ➺ Not One More Death By Brian Eno – 9facts.co.uk with the message that even in the face of this terror and loss ➮ [Read] ➪ The Mythic Tarot Workbook By Juliet Sharman-Burke ➺ – 9facts.co.uk they may find hope An enthralling ride ❮Reading❯ ➶ Merging With Siva Author Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami – 9facts.co.uk with nonstop action ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, Author Sapir Englard – 9facts.co.uk adventure ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Show No Fear ✈ Author Bill Carson – 9facts.co.uk and suspense ❤ [KINDLE] ❃ The Caker By Jordan Rondel ➣ – 9facts.co.uk Barker has delivered an epic dystopian battle I can't tell you how painful it is to give this book only 3 stars I love the previous books in the series, but after waiting SEVEN YEARS for this one, I'm disappointed The plot is ok, the developments fine, but it doesn't really feel like that much happened, especially considering the relative length of this book Plus, there's one story in the first half regarding one villain, that then TOTALLY disappears for the rest of the book while a second plot and villain take over I'll admit that I'm prejudiced in that my main interest in this series is Christopher Carrion and his relationship with Candy There are some interesting Carrion revelations and moments, but not enough for my tastes Also, Candy has a new romantic interest who randomly shows up He has no particular personality that I can discover, but somehow, by looking into each other's eyes once, Candy and him are now in LOVE This annoys me SO MUCH Finally, not even the art is particularly good in this one By the long break in publication, I assume Mr Barker has lacked for inspiration, and to be honest, that kinda comes through in the art Oh, well, I retain hope for the final book, but I'm sideeying the whole thing really hard. I was very disappointed with this book I loved the first two, and I was very excited to read this one, but it just did not hold my interest If it were not for the fact that I am curious to see what happens to Candy and all her friends from the previous books, I would have stopped reading it about halfway through.I have three major issues with this book The first is that it was hard for me to relate to Candy I think that in the first two books, she was still somewhat connected with the Hereafter and her family, which made it easier for the reader to connect with her (view spoiler)[Also, now that she and Boa are separated, you would think that she would go throughof an identity crisis, but apparently Candy is still the same even without Boa in her head all the time (hide spoiler)] This is just some bad fan fiction, right? After seven years of anticipation, I wish I could say it was completely worth the wait From cover to cover, the book was not that impressive Of course there was the same stylish string of inconsistencies throughout this book as there has been for the last two, as expected, but this time, it was as if each chapter, instead of adding to the existing chronology, lost it altogether and forced an entirely new one There is no flow to any of the chapters, as if they had been written occasionally on a whim over the last seven years and the editor refused to comment because it's just been so long Dialogue was inappropriately placed for every character, and character introductions were splotchy, as were most of the descriptions There are huge gaps in the descriptions of plot developments One thing I have to admit that was well done was the presentation of Mater Motley She has always been a creepy character, but this book really allowed her to wallow in the impending darkness If the focus had beenon her, despite her lack of development as a character, the buildup alone of her ideologies made her the character to watch.The beginning, most especially left me wondering who was there to be trusted This would have been a fine plot development, and I looked forward to it from the off It just led into confusion and a disappointing followthrough Intent was muddled for each character, in a way that made it look as if Barker had trouble working character development out for himself And what's worse, is that it's apparent in the dialogue over the entire chapter The wrap up wasconcise than the rest of it, but nowhere near as beautifully done as the ending as Days of Magic, Nights of War.There is little to like about this except the addition to the storyline of the Abarat of fables I would not recommend this book unless you are a positively voracious Abarat fan, and for those Abarat fans, prepare for a poor collaboration of the fantastic storytelling of The Hours. (Originally posted @ CSI:Librarian.)As overjoyed I was to finally get a chance to read this, I was also incredibly apprehensive On one hand, darkness taking over is something Barker does well On the other, I wasn't sure really what could possibly happen to Candy or Abarat to warrant threebooks Happily, rereading the first two books assuaged most of my fears and Absolute Midnight itself wasthan worth the wait.Wow I am still reeling from the emotions, the darkness, the characters, the diverse settings, the amazing writing, and the events that took place While Absolute Midnight obviously was in the same spirit as Abarat and Days of Magic, Night of War, this new third book was darker,profound, andbrilliant than I could have ever anticipated Every time I thought I knew what was going on, I didn't really and thank goodness because what happened not only to Candy but to Boa, Carrion, Pixler, Motley, Malingo, and everyone else in Abarat or Chickentown made for a thoroughly engaging read.The direction everything and everyone got taken in were really some of therefreshing changes, particularly for a YA book, that I've come across in awhile There is a lot going on in the Abarat series that deals with love, life, death, friendship, good, evil, finding one's true self, and choices I still don't know if I would say this was a book strictly targeted towards teens, but all of the topics I've mentioned are definitely what teens are starting to become aware of if not to terms with What makes this book and its prequels work so well is that the subjects are handled in really thoughtprovoking ways that aren't in the least bit heavyhanded.I could go on and on about the wonderfully terrible and terribly wonderful parts of Absolute Midnight, but needless to say there are a wealth of spoilers involved Without giving too much away, I will tell you that there were so many monsters, so many storylines, and so many amazingly unexpected developments that I found myself absolutely miserable and frustrated when I couldn't just sit still to read this book all the way through While reading, I cried, I laughed, and I was moved by the scope of Barker's vision, imagination, and depth he gave to each of his characters I was occasionally horrified by some of what happened, of course But over all I was impressed, enthralled, and keenly pleased by the uniquely Barker but somewhat Lovecraftiantinged elements that were introduced as well as how much the stakes get raised for everyone.One of the strongest elements of the first two books were the art, and the paintings in Absolute Midnight were pretty amazing too The words themselves held their own a bitfirmly this time around, but I still loved the pairing of images and text Since I was reading an ARC not a finished book, I had to make do with black and white reproductions That worked for about half of the paintings With the other half it just turned everything into one shade of gray on top of the other, which was pretty awful in terms of catching any small details Again, this is also not something I would hold against the book itself Instead I will definitely be hunting down a finished copy of Absolute Midnight as soon as it is out in order to see the oilpaintings properly because I am positive that they will look awesome in color Somehow I suspect rereading won't be a hardship either.As far as complaints go, I can't really think of any Yes, there are a lot of cliffhangers, but I think that's sort of par for the course since this is the third book in a five book series I could have done without the new love interest for Candy, but I will reserve any real judgment until I see how it all plays out Besides, Barker did so many things so well that it is difficult to hold anything so trivial against him.In conclusion, awesome and not to be missed! Throughout the Abarat series, Barker has been able to strike a remarkable balance between the use of words and images, and he is really gifted at expressing himself through both mediums Even just in terms of words, Absolute Midnight is the sort of work of fiction that readers need and that I sometimes forget even exists It is such a shame that so few authors are wielding their imagination so freely or in such successful abandon as Barker Just like the first two books of Abarat, I can see Absolute Midnight appealing to a wide range of people Particularly to readers who are sick and tired of the same old thing, readers who are tired of authors refusing to go into the dark with their stories, and to fans of really good, fantastical horror. This third book of the Abarat series is even darker than the second, with Barker channeling his inner Lovecraft There's even a ladleful of Pratchett here (although that's the slightly less dark part of the story, as you'd probably guessed.)So that's me done with Abarat for now, what with this being all that Mr Barker has written so far Now to sit back and wait for book four; it's only been seven years since part three came out so it must be out soon, surely Right? Right, Clive? Right? Well.Huh.Okay So I'm used to disappointment It happens And it's very easy to be hurt by something that you've been waiting for for I could look up the exact amount of time between the last book and this one, but I don't feel like it Five years? Seven? Three? Enough that hope and expectation became so inflated that it would be almost impossible for this book to live up to it.So, apparently, Clive Barker didn't even try.It's not the same world It’s not the same mood or tone No: it doesn't bother me when something gory or horrible or gross or evil happens in this book I was expecting people to die and water to boil It's a Clive Barker book, for chrissakes I'm not simple What I didn't expect was lazy storytelling, illogical plot gaps, sudden introduction of IMPORTANT characters (eye roll here, please), a disregard for the established internal logic of the world and the characters that lived in it et cetera.To be honest, i didn't quite finish it I got about a hundred pages from the end and gave up So maybe the ending makes it all worthwhile? I can't imagine that So sad So irritating.Well, the artwork was pretty good So it's got that going for it.Not recommended.