Release Date: March 5th 2009
Series: Howl's Moving Castle #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult
"How about making a bargain with me?" said the demon. "I'll break your spell if you agree to break this contact I'm under."
In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help - the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hills.
But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls...
Do you like narcissistic wizards, stubborn pet fire demons, and floating castles? If you do not you need to rethink your life choices. If you do, you must read Howl’s Moving Castle.
Howl’s Moving Castle is a light and fun read, but do not be fooled- there are amazing characters and plot twists as well.
The story follows Sophie, the eldest child of a hatter, who is cursed to be an old woman by an evil witch and then, discontent with life, sets off to seek her fortune. But as she frequently reminds herself, the eldest child is never fortunate, and Sophie is no exception. In her ninety year old body, she takes up residence with the infamous wizard Howl, and is forced to put up with green slime, spiders, a stubborn but friendly fire demon, a vain bathroom hog, and an evil witch who wants to rule the world.
All of the characters in this book were amazing and had flaws and depth and humor and basically everything you could want in a character. I enjoyed reading not only about their epic battles against evil but also about their (often comical) everyday lives. The most entertaining character by far is Howl, but I really cannot say anything about him because there is so much character development during the novel and it is all tied up with spoilers and…people just read the book now.
The plot is entertaining, and while it follows the basic fantasy formula good vs. evil, the “team good” characters are a little bit grayer than expected and there are so many excellent plot twists. I skipped dinner and was late to choir to finish reading it.
What else can I say? The romances involving Howl were all hilarious just because of the way Howl approaches life. The writing is excellent.
And I am off to read the second book.