Title: House of Many Ways
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Diana Wynne Jones is my daughter's favorite author so, even beyond the Howl series, I have grown quite comfortable with her style. Her fantasy worlds are not Narnia or Middle Earth dream worlds. Somehow, they're just a shade or two past reality. Her magicians are generally awkward people beyond their extraordinary abilities. Charmain discovers she has a knack for the arts herself though her magic derives more from force of will than studious training. I appreciate the fact that both of the sequels are essentially stand alone stories with new and interesting characters. Howl, Sophie and Calcifer do join in the fun for both but the tale is ultimately someone else's.
By the end, I'd grown quite fond of Charmain and her circle and would be eager for more stories. Alas, there are none. Jones passed away in 2011, three years after the book was published.
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