“How about making a bargain with me?” said the demon. “I’ll break your spell if you agree to break this contract I’m under.”
In the land of Ingary, where seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, Sophie Hatter attracts the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the waste, who puts a curse on her. Determined to make the best of things, Sophie travels to the one place where she might get help-the moving castle which hovers on the nearby hill.
But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the hearts of young girls…
The first chapter or so, is written in a summary type way. Perhaps because this book is aimed at younger readers, I don’t know, but it does come across as childless.
After that, the writing is wonderful, showing glimpses of a world we’d love to know more about. We get the barest glimpses of its working and the characters. It’s only after you’ve finished the story that you feel disappointed that you didn’t experience more of the setting.
It’s a great tale with a fantastic array of characters. The story is unique and I read this in one sitting, thoroughly enjoying every moment.
I thought the ending was a little abrupt. I wanted to know more. I wanted to see what happened after. (Although, I suppose there’s the sequel!)
This is a book definitely a younger reader, particularly one starting their first foray into fantasy. It’s a delightful book with a refreshing humour in its pages.
To sum up, great characters, face paced plot, abrupt ending
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read it? Yes
Would I read this Author again? Definitely
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