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House of Many Ways

House of Many Ways

(Book #3 in the World of Howl series)


Book Overview: House of Many Ways

In this sequel to the international bestseller Howl's Moving Castle, bookish Charmain finds herself smack in the middle of magical court intrigues . . . and dealing with the dashing Wizard Howl.

When Charmain Baker agreed to look after her great-uncle's house, she thought she was getting blissful, parent-free time to read. She didn't realize that the house bent space and time, and she did not expect to become responsible for an extremely magical stray dog and a muddled young apprentice wizard.

Now, somehow, she's been targeted by a terrifying creature called a lubbock, too, and become central to the king's urgent search for the fabled Elfgift that will save the country. The king is so desperate to find the Elfgift, he's called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, the great Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer won't be far behind.

How did respectable Charmain end up in such a mess, and how will she get herself out of it?

All fans of classic fantasy books deserve the pleasure of reading those by Diana Wynne Jones, whose acclaim included the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement. As Neil Gaiman stated, she was "quite simply the best writer for children of her generation."

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"Longtime fans and new readers alike will revel in Jones's self-assured return to the realm she charted in Howl's Moving Castle. A tale to luxuriate in." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sheer confectionary. A buoyantly entertaining read." -- The Horn Book

"A joyfully chaotic tale." -- Kirkus Reviews

Diana Wynne Jones was an eminent British author, renowned for her contribution to fantasy novel for young adults and children. Born on August 16, 1934, in London, Diana's writing career was strongly influenced by her childhood experiences during World War II. Striking a harmonious balance between reality and fantasy, Diana wove narratives that opened infinite portals of imagination for her readers. Her array of work extends over four decades, including more than fifty novels, several plays and a labyrinthine collection of short stories. Some of her most notable works include "Howl's Moving Castle," "Charmed Life," and the series of "Chrestomanci," all of which were lauded for their whimsicality, wit and peculiar perspective towards magic and myth. Diana's enchanting creativity in everyday situations and profundity of character development were widely recognized. She won several awards including the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her novel "Howl's Moving Castle" was also adapted into an acclaimed animated film of the same name by Studio Ghibli. Despite no longer being with us since March 26, 2011, Diana Wynne Jones continues to inspire with her magical words. Her work transcends through time and appeals to children and adults alike. With her storytelling, which boasts both depth and creativity, she has left an everlasting mark on the landscape of children's literature. Diana Wynne Jones's legacy remains alive through her rich imagination that still resonates, shapes, and enlightens the minds of young readers today.

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