My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this book so much!! In this last book of the Howl’s Moving Castle trilogy, Charmain is a girl who has been sheltered all her life, but when she goes house-sitting for her great-uncle, her life is turned upside down! A wizard’s house mostly runs on magic, and since this particular house has hidden corridors, and magic entryways, and dozens of time-slipped and spacially displaced rooms, Charmain gets lost and finds herself through her many adventures.
I loved every character so much, and of course, I was especially pleased to see Sophie and Howl again! The plot is wonderful and surprising and full of unexpected wildness. I just never know what mystical or ordinary thing is going to happen.
The world-building is so intricate and interesting and original! Magical creatures, and magic systems, and laundry, and politics, and cities and palaces, and yappy little dogs… the whole world is so fascinating!
Charmain mostly keeps her nose in a book, and it was delightful to see her love of reading playing into the story and driving the plot. She did get on my nerves a bit, because she is so incredibly rude and grouchy to everyone, but it’s also really funny. And it made for some good character development, as her understanding of the world expands, and she realizes that she can’t go around being cranky all the time.
Howl had me in stitches with his utter stupidity and that awful lisp! I was laughing my head off at him, and enjoying the banter between him and Sophie. Ah, Sophie! She’s so wonderfully amazing and incredible and delightful. I wish I was best friends with her!
This author is just perfection, and I want to read all of her work! I wish there was more on Sophie and Howl though. I could read about 10 more of these books if they existed!