Howl’s Moving Castle ~ Diana Wynne Jones

  • Title: Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Series: Howl’s Moving Castle #1
  • Genre: Fantasy, YA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Own Copy
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:  In which a witch bewitched the hatter’s daughter – and then some….

Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did – especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.

As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father’s hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.

Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for…

Review:  One of the cutest stories I have ever read! After the last few books I’ve read, this book was a balm to my eyes and imagination. A well crafted fairy tale with sliver-twists that ties up all the loose ends into a fancy knot.

Sophie is the oldest daughter of three and she grew up thinking that she would have the most boring life of sensibility because that’s what the oldest are meant to do. She loves her family with quiet pride and she does everything she can to make them happy. Never thinking of herself as being more than ordinary, she fails to see the magic she creates in everyday activities. After a series of events, Sophie becomes cursed by the Witch of the Waste, wanders into a Wizard’s castle and becomes embroiled in an adventure of love, daring, challenges and facing fears to discover inner strength & beauty.

I’m so glad I read this book! Definitely one that should be read to children and reread for fun as an adult.

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