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…
It took me far too long to pick up this book. I’ve adored the film for a long time and, shamefully, didn’t know it was based on a book until a couple of years ago.
The book is glorious. It’s a very different beast to the film (which is also glorious) and so I was pleasantly surprised by a couple of the twists and turns along the way. Both mediums have the same whimsical flavour and if you love the film, you really should give the book a go!
Howl is much more of a drama queen in the novel, which makes for some hilarious scenes, and Sophie is as wonderful as ever – so resigned is she to being an old woman that you forget she’s young underneath!
There’s not a single character that I don’t like, which is surprising for me.
It’s such a magical story, much more magical than the film (I didn’t think it possible but the novel packs in more spell-casting than Ghibli).
I love that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, the novel is ridiculous and it carries it in the best way possible. I adore whimsy in all its forms so this is the perfect story for me. I will definitely be reading it again, and looking up the sequels!