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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Topics: Magic, Wizards, Alternate Universe, Journeys, Adventurous, Female Protagonist, Picaresque, Funny, Witches, Courage, Folk and Fairy Tales, Shapeshifting, Bildungsroman, Destiny, Wales, Third Person Narration, Magical Curses, Mistaken Love, and First in a Series

Published: HarperCollins on Sep 25, 2012
ISBN: 9780062244512
List price: $6.99
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I wish I'd read the book prior to seeing the movie. Still, I enjoyed both versions of this story.read more
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I never managed to get quite irritated with Sophie, and that is a good thing.

The dialogue in the book was pretty awesome and I have saved some very neat quotes (Howl inspires). :D Have I mentioned that Howl's drama reminds me of my husband?

The story was quite simple, yet filled with complexities and feeling. I loved how feelings were expressed by the main characters and I think the path to knowing someone is more often like this than what is seen in movies. :)read more
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This book is an amazing piece of fantasy and is a must read for anyone interested in magical realism. This author is a treasure.read more
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I wish I'd read the book prior to seeing the movie. Still, I enjoyed both versions of this story.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I never managed to get quite irritated with Sophie, and that is a good thing.

The dialogue in the book was pretty awesome and I have saved some very neat quotes (Howl inspires). :D Have I mentioned that Howl's drama reminds me of my husband?

The story was quite simple, yet filled with complexities and feeling. I loved how feelings were expressed by the main characters and I think the path to knowing someone is more often like this than what is seen in movies. :)
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This book is an amazing piece of fantasy and is a must read for anyone interested in magical realism. This author is a treasure.
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A delightful tale of fantasy exploring the many levels humans role-play alignment.
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Sophie, the oldest of three daughters, is not destined for anything in life (after all, everyone knows that it's the third daughter who is bound for greatness). But when Sophie is cursed by the Witch of the Waste, she is forced to leave home and comes in for more than her fair share of adventurers as a cleaning lady for a dashing young wizard. As always, Jones's characters are likeable and her stories original and entertaining, and Howl's Moving Castle is one of my favorites.
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Sophie, the hatter’s daughter, is minding her own business one day when she is suddenly turned into an old lady by a wicked witch.I adored cantankerous old Sophie, and the whole cast of very-flawed characters, and the fast-moving pace of this adventure/fairy tale. A spectacularly imaginative take on the redemption/restorative story and a fierce love story. I hope to read many more of hers.
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