Top critical review
One person found this helpful
having watched and loved Miyazaki's film
on 26 January 2018
So, having watched and loved Miyazaki's film, it stood to reason that at one point I would need to read this book. It looked like such an interesting plot concept and I was eager to find out the differences between the two! I'm so glad I got round to this one as well because it was a great book! The world building was wonderful to start with, though at times I had a few issues getting where in time it was meant to be set. I loved all the settings that Sophie found herself in: Howl's Castle, Market Chipping, Porthaven, the meadow, etc. There was so much in the way of detail, and it was easy to imagine it all. The characters were my favourite thing about this novel. Diana Wynne Jones has this fantastic ability to inject so much life into them, and make each one unique and interesting. Sophie is a strong heroine, at times a little passive yet we see her develop from someone willing to put up with her lot in lie, to an independent, willful lady. She was an amazing lead character! Howl also took me by surprise with is flamboyance, but I really liked it! It was nice to watch his character develop too, from being a selfish womanizer to a heroic and caring Wizard. Calcifer and Michael were great characters too, and it was nice to see Howl's young apprentice have such a prominent role. The Witch of the Waste was a good villain, though she didn't take up too much of the story. The plot was really good as well, though there were moments that everything became so fast paced that I had a hard time understanding exactly what was going on. A really enjoyable read though, I so want to read the next one!