Book Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Published by Greenwillow Books on April 22nd 2008 (first published April 1986)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 429
Format: Paperback

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In the land of Ingary where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of the three.

I’m going to say this outright, this book is my absolute favorite. My number one, completely undisputed. This is the book I read when I need a pick me up. The book I read for comfort. The book that always brings a smile to my face.

“I’m delirious. Spots are crawling before my eyes.”

“Those are spiders.”

Charming and whimsical, we follow Sophie who has been turned old and found her way to a moving castle inhabited by a dramatic and moody wizard. The author deftly weaves threads throughout and keeps you guessing until the end.

And while very different from the film, it still has much the same atmosphere and is still so very magical. Both the book and the film are wonderful and are honestly like a breathe of fresh air. Whether you read or watch Howl’s Moving Castle you’re in for an absolutely amazing time!

100/10, would definitely recommend.

“I think we ought to live happily ever after.”

About the book

Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle.

To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Content Warnings:

Violence and death.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. TheSpookySasha says:

    I didn’t even know this was a book(I’ve never seen the movie either) Might have to give this one a read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It is! And while the book and movie are different both at the core are so feel good and whimsical, you know what I mean? If you do give it a read (or watch) I hope you love it! But if you don’t I’d love to hear why!!

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