My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this so much more reading it for the second time! This delightful fairy tale follows Sophie, who has been cursed by a witch to look old even though she’s only 18. Sophie ends up in the house of the Wizard Howl, where the front door magically opens into four different places. (This book has also been published as “Howl’s Moving Castle”.)
The world-building is brilliant! The magic system is really imaginative and interesting. The characters have such great dialogue and good development. I just adore this book!
My favorite character is Calcifer. He’s snarky and fun, mysterious and secretive and wild! He’s just a wonderful character, and I love his interactions with Sophie and Howl.
Howl gets on my nerves a little, because he acts so dramatic all the time, like a child throwing a tantrum. But I also grew to love him as we understand him better through the story.
The best part about this book is how mysterious everything is, and we find out about the characters little by little. There are so many secrets in the plot, and everyone is hiding something. It’s really a delight to discover all those mysteries as the story progresses.