Imajica 1: The Fifth Dominion

ISBN: 0061094145
ISBN 13: 9780061094149
By: Clive Barker

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The magical tale of ill-fated lovers lost among worlds teetering on the edge of destruction, where their passion holds the key to escape. There has never been a book like Imajica. Transforming every expectation offantasy fiction with its heady mingling of radical sexuality and spiritual anarchy, it has carried its millions of readers into regions of passion and philosophy that few books have even attempted to map. It's an epic in every way; vast in conception, obsessively detailed in execution, and apocalyptic in its resolution. A book of erotic mysteries and perverse violence. A book of ancient, mythological landscapes and even more ancient magic.

Reader's Thoughts


The first half of a vast and very complicated book, about other dominions and stuff like that. Very inventive and as usual, beautifully written. The length is slightly indigestible though.

Derek Brown

Clive Barker at his finest. This guy's imagination can take you literally anywhere. Exploring the boundaries between worlds, metaphysics, even love are up on his itinerary and he makes it fun to take the journey with him.


(This review is for the whole of Imajica , since it really is a single story.)I liked this book tremendously. It has a very unusual take on the messiah story, and many likable characters. The language is absolutely inspired in places. It does sprawl a lot, which counts against it, but I didn't mind too much.


he is my favorite and this is my favorite of his works, hard though it is to choose.


Imajica is the best of Barker's books! One of my favorite books of all time. Imaginative fantasy worlds are his specialty.

John Jackson

This book is extremely imaginative and interesting, and the plot will hold your attention throughout. Some readers might find some of the very strange twists and turns too much to follow, but I have enjoyed it thoroughly and will rush to read the second part.

Zak Johansson

The language made it difficult to read but it was interesting nonetheless. And the jesus imagery is interesting as well. I look forward to the reconcilation


a strange and intriguing tale, breaking from a lot of the standard tropes and keeping the reader guessing at what mysteries will come next. at times the line of the plot is a bit disjointed, with surprising turns in events that sometimes seem to derail established directions in the story. overall though, I think the book is excellent, with the rare, slight disturbed feeling of "wait....what?" either supplanted by or adding to the surprising twists and turns that are smoothly written.

Rene Stein

Jestli se budoucnost hororu jmenuje C. Barker, jak prý někde řekl S. King, začal bych mít o tu budoucnost obavy.


I really had to force myself to finish this, and just barely. I did not like any of the main characters, and their motives for doing anything just seemed forced. I get that the author was going for a mystical, mind-bending reality thing here, but, it didn't work for me. Highly doubt I'll read the second half. Mayhap if I cared for the characters at all I would.


I am exercsing my (rarely used) right not to finish a book. I've read Clive Barker before, and routinely been unimpressed. After 150 pages (which is about 80 pages more than the hundred page rule- if you don't know, that rule says you should read 100-your age of a book before deciding not to read more of it), I've decided that I don't care if I finish this 500+ page monster, especially given that this is only half of the overall story that just wouldn't fit in one paperback edition. The place I do feel a bit bad about this is in that Barker claims that this book is his magnum opus, written about Jesus and England. Of course, it was also published in the early 90s, so he may very well have moved on from there.The book still gets two stars, however, since the introduction is interesting. I always find it fascinating to hear authors talk about where their ideas come from, why they write what they do, and what they think about the work in question. And maybe that ultimately prejudiced me against the book (given how much I disagree with Mr. Barker), but that part was worth the read nonetheless.


It's been so long since I read this that I've no clear recollection of it. I do remember being perplexed or confused or maybe frustrated by it. I think I read it as a teenager. Time for a re-read.

Nikos Sekeroglou

His best work. Read!


Fascinating and mesmerizing :)

Christine Quiampang Rader

My imagination went wild with awesome imagery.

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