A companion piece to ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', written by Creator/DianaWynneJones. The story centers on Abdullah, a moderately successful carpet merchant who daydreams of adventures and beautiful princesses. That is, until a stranger sells him a magic flying carpet and all his dreams begin coming true.
Like ''Howl's Moving Castle'', the story lampshades, subverts and plays with various tropes related to the Literature/ArabianNights.
!!The book provides examples of:
* AchillesInHisTent: Prince Justin is apparently in the habit of doing this.
* ArabianNightsDays: Abdullah's homeland is this.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Both Sophie and Lettie give birth during the book - to a son and a daughter, respectively.]]
* BadassPrincess: ''All'' of the princesses. No exceptions.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A large number of Abdullah's daydreams come true - including his most horrible ones that include merciless villains and the like. [[spoiler:Turns out Hasruel did this on purpose.]]
* BalefulPolymorph: A number of the main characters from ''Howl's Moving Castle'' turn out to have been trapped in the form of various creatures.
* BetaCouple: Abdullah and Flower in the Night are the main couple, with [[spoiler:Justin and Beatrice]] as the BetaCouple. The alpha and beta couples from ''Howl's Moving Castle'' also appear in supporting roles.
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler: Hasruel to Dalzel.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Just about everything, really.
* ChekhovsGunman: Pick a character, any character. Most importantly, [[spoiler:Hasruel]] admits to having a hand in everything the main characters go through. [[spoiler:Naturally, he's in disguise for most of the important events.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Princess Valeria's [[HellIsThatNoise screeching]].
* CoolOldLady: the Princess of Tsapfan, a magic-user and mother to fourteen boys.
* CutenessProximity: the Strangian soldier goes completely gooey over the cats. Abdullah, on the other hand, is firmly convinced that CatsAreMean.
* CuteKitten: Whippersnapper.
* DistressedDamsel: Subverted. While the kidnapped princesses are being held captive, they do make several escape plans.
* EvilFeelsGood: Hasruel admits to it.
* ForcedIntoEvil: Hasruel...but he's thoroughly enjoying it.
* [[spoiler: HaremSeeker]]: [[spoiler:Dalzel. He settles for ''all'' of the highborn ladies in the world because no female djinn will have him.]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler: Hasruel's life is ''under his nose.'']]
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Abdullah and Flower-In-The-Night stay in Ingary.]]
* JackassGenie: He grants only one wish a day and thinks up ways to ''specifically'' screw whoever makes the wish over. His justification is being stuffed in an old bottle makes him cranky. Toward the end, the genie is revealed [[spoiler:to be Howl, cursed to be a genie by the djinn]].
* KidWithTheLeash: [[spoiler: Dalzel to Hasruel.]]
* MagicCarpet: Turns out to be [[spoiler:Calcifer, changed into a carpet by the djinn]].
* MamaBear: Sophie. Do NOT harm Morgan Jenkins if you know what's good for you.
* MuggingTheMonster: the Strangian soldier finances his tour of Ingary by flashing a few gold coins in a village and waiting until the local toughs attack him.
* OminousFloatingCastle: The djinn's hideout. [[spoiler: Turns out to be none other than Howl's moving castle, transformed by magic.]]
* OurGeniesAreDifferent: Played with -- the two djinns mentioned are powerful, but one has control over a host of angels, which is in line with some mythology, but they also have more of a demonic shape. There is also a ''genie'', which is the normal granter of wishes.
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:The two fat cousins from Abdullah's stepfamily are married off to Dalzel.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler:Prince Justin of Ingary and Princess Beatrice of Strangia.]]
* PetTheDog: All of Abdullah's actions toward Jamal.
* ProphecyTwist: Abdullah is prophesied to be raised above all others in the land. At first, he assumes this means he will become famous and powerful. After he attracts the ire of the sultan -- who has a penchant for impaling people he dislikes on forty-foot stakes -- Abdullah faces the prospect of the prophecy coming true in an unpleasantly literal way. [[spoiler:Ultimately, the prophecy is instead implied to have been fulfilled by Abdullah reaching the floating castle, which is a lot higher up than forty feet.]]
* RagsToRoyalty: Given that Abdullah is a common carpet merchant in love with a princess, this should be obvious. [[spoiler: It's averted entirely. Instead, Abdullah and Flower-In-The-Night are given diplomatic titles and live well, but certainly not as King and Queen.]]
* SaveThePrincess: Abdullah's quest. Later on, [[spoiler:the djinn admits that he's tried to bait ''many'' princes into trying to rescue their beloveds; but Abdullah has so far been the only one to try]].
* TalkAboutTheWeather: One of the princesses in the castle complains that, since it's up above the clouds, there ''isn't'' any weather to talk about.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Among her other virtues, Beatrice can darn socks. And mend boots.