Title: House of Many Ways
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge Howl’s Moving Castle fan and have reviewed the first book in the trilogy, here. I don’t know why I didn’t review the second, though it would most likely have been because I simply didn’t know how to express my thoughts – as is sometimes the case with me haha.
This third and last instalment of the World of Howl trilogy was a pleasure to read. I loved meeting the bookworm that is Charmain and following her journey as she meets new characters and gets used to the mysterious house of many ways that gives this book its name. From the shy, over-indulged, sheltered and slightly incapable young woman she is at the beginning, to the quite able and confident one she is at the end of the novel, I could definitely see the character development she undergoes throughout the novel. I also found her companions, the young muddled wizard apprentice her great-uncle was supposed to take on, and the very adorable and magical stray dog that her uncle adopted (or did the dog adopt him?), as well as her interactions with them, both adorable and most entertaining at times – though I despised that prince and the slightly creepy dude(if you’ve read it, you know why) – and loved seeing my old faves again, who as always had me in fits of giggles from time to time.
While I found the concept of the house fascinating, and following Charmain and her new companions around the house with many ways, some of which took you outside the house itself, it did become quite confusing at times; my mind becoming befuddled trying to remember which way the doors turned to open that room or place, so the logic wasn’t all there for me. Despite this, I thought the story moved quickly, was atmospheric and definitely kept me gripped.
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If you’ve read this yourself, what were your thoughts?
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