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Publisher's Summary

A chaotically magical sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. 

Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great Uncle William's tiny cottage while he's ill should have been easy, but Great Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland and his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, to name but a few.

By opening that door, Charmain is now also looking after an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard and a box of the king's most treasured documents, as well as irritating a clan of small blue creatures.

Caught up in an intense royal search, she encounters an intimidating sorceress named Sophie. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?

©2021 Diana Wynne Jones (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Diana Wynne Jones ought to be crowned with coloured garlands because she is the best writer of magical fantasy for children in this country.” (Evening Standard

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two...[she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed.” (SFX

“Diana Wynne Jones is, quite simply, the best writer of magic there is, for readers of any age.” (Neil Gaiman)

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It was ok.

Atherton's performance as narrator was fantastic. Just like in the other two books in the series.

I found it hard to sympathise with the main characters, though. In this series, Jones writes her protagonists as well meaning yet clumsy, however I don't think she was able to do that very well for the characters specific to this book.

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  • 27-07-2021

loved the story!

The narrator even kept Howl's Welsh accent! in fact she kept all character accents that were present in earlier books. Really enjoyed it. I wish there wer more to the series. It was absolutely Hilarious when Howl Turned himself into a little boy with a lisp. you could easily understand Sophie's frustration 😂

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