The story is told over four books:
- Abarat: Book One
- Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
- Abarat: Absolute Midnight
- Abarat: The Dynasty of Dreamers
The Abarat series is set on the Islands of the Abarat, of which each is based around a time of day (except the last island, which is based on the 25th hour). These islands are mounted in the Sea of Izabella, an ocean sometimes personified by the characters. Together, they compose what is described as "a limitless world" encompassing "chaotic diversity" called Abarat.