Overall Review of the Howl’s Series

The most recent series I read was Howl’s Series, which consisted of Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways. I had to idea on how to review each of them seperately. The books don’t exactly connect like a typical series would.

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

Goodreads, Howl’s Moving Castle

Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

That very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden. There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched away, right under his very nose, by a wicked djinn. With only his magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess…

Goodreads, Castle in the Air

By opening that door, Charmain has become responsible for not only the house, but for an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard, and a box of the king’s most treasured documents. She has encountered a terrifying beast called a lubbock, irritated a clan of small blue creatures, and wound up smack in the middle of an urgent search. The king and his daughter are desperate to find the lost, fabled Elfgift—so desperate that they’ve even called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?

Of course, with that magical family involved, there’s bound to be chaos—and unexpected revelations. No one will be more surprised than Charmain by what Howl and Sophie discover

Goodreads, House of Many Ways

About the books, they don’t exactly connect well, but still work as a series. There were three main characters- one for each book and an different antagonist for each book. You never know when you will see Sophie, Howl, and Calicfer, but they might be closer then you think. Those three characters are still characters in the last two books. You might see those three in disguise- they can turn into animals and different humans. This series is strange and weird, but worth reading. You wouldn’t understand the books unless you read the first one or else nothing would make sense. This is an easy and fast-paced read- I managed to read to start and finish two of them in January. I think House of Many Ways can count as a January read- began in January and finished the first of February.

I still would recommend all three reads. They connect n some ways, but not in the way you are expecting.

6 thoughts on “Overall Review of the Howl’s Series

  1. I may need to read these sometime soon! I grew up watching the movie adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle and it was a movie I enjoyed as a kid and still like now! Never read the books, though–didn’t even really know that there were books–so never got around to them! Sounds like something I might enjoy, though, so I think I’ll pick ’em up if the opportunity arises!


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