In the land of Ingary, such things as spells, invisible cloaks, and seven-league boots were everyday things. The Witch of the Waste was another matter.
After fifty years of quiet, it was rumored that the Witch was about to terrorize the country again. So when a moving black castle, blowing dark smoke from its four thin turrets, appeared on the horizon, everyone thought it was the Witch. The castle, however, belonged to Wizard Howl, who, it was said, liked to suck the souls of young girls.
The Hatter sisters--Sophie, Lettie, and Martha--and all the other girls were warned not to venture into the streets alone. But that was only the beginning.
In this giant jigsaw puzzle of a fantasy, people and things are never quite what they seem. Destinies are intertwined, identities exchanged, lovers confused. The Witch has placed a spell on Howl. Does the clue to breaking it lie in a famous poem? And what will happen to Sophie Hatter when she enters Howl's castle?
Diana Wynne Jones's entrancing fantasy is filled with surprises at every turn, but when the final stormy duel between the Witch and the Wizard is finished, all the pieces fall magically into place.
In a career spanning four decades, award-winning author Diana Wynne Jones (1934‒2011) wrote more than forty books of fantasy for young readers. Characterized by magic, multiple universes, witches and wizards—and a charismatic nine-lived enchanter—her books are filled with unlimited imagination, dazzling plots, and an effervescent sense of humor that earned her legendary status in the world of fantasy.
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von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Dresden am 31.12.2019
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch
Sie hat es im Buchladen gesehen und es sich aufgrund des Klappentextes gewünscht hat es aber noch nicht angefangen zu lesen also kann ich noch nicht viel darüber sagen
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 25.02.2019
Bewertet: anderes Format
Anders als der Ghibli-Film, aber genauso liebenswert und spannend. Lies sich so gut lesen, dass ich die letzten 300 Seiten an einem Stück weggelesen habe.
Middle Grade Fantasy
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 08.02.2019
In a world where the first-born is destined to fail miserably, Sophie finds herself to be the most unfortunate of them all. Having unknowingly brought the Witch of the Waste's wrath upon herself, she is suddenly turned into an old woman. Her only chance at breaking the curse lies in allying herself with Howl and the other inhabi...
In a world where the first-born is destined to fail miserably, Sophie finds herself to be the most unfortunate of them all. Having unknowingly brought the Witch of the Waste's wrath upon herself, she is suddenly turned into an old woman. Her only chance at breaking the curse lies in allying herself with Howl and the other inhabitants of his moving castle. The only problem is that he is rumored to eat girl's hearts by the dozen - surely she will be safe, being an elderly woman and all, right?
To be honest, I don't quite get why this book is so popular. The blurb sounds interesting enough, but the reading experience is kind of lacking, in my opinion at least. The story drags along quite a bit with hardly anything happening at all. Things that are supernatural or unusual are always just apathetically accepted, but never explained. Only at the very end, the author reveals how everything is connected and even then it's pretty vague and hard to comprehend in its entirety. Sadly, even the characters couldn't save this book for me. They are bland, not particularly likeable and don't evolve in the slightest.
Obviously, "Howl's Moving Castle" won't find its way onto may Favorites-bookshelf, but I think that a lot of younger readers will enjoy it. It's a good pick if you need something with a managable amount of characters and a not overly confusing storyline.