Review: Howl's Moving Castle
Monday, June 10, 2024

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle, #1)Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of those cases where I watched the movie adaptation before reading the book. I actually didn't even know it was a book at first, but I'm glad to have found out. This was a fun adventure appropriate for all ages. Magic is well-integtated into the world, the characters are endearing, and there are several fun twists.

The main character, Sophie, is cursed to appear as an old woman, which she takes to quite well since she's always felt older than her age regardless. She rather randomly finds herself at the door to Howl's castle, which walks around on mechanical legs fueled by magic, and subsequently makes a deal with a demon.

Most of the story is about Sophie getting to know Howl as an individual rather than a scary legend as she uncovers more facts about his life, history, and personality. It's a magical romantic adventure with a happy ending.

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