Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)” as Want to Read:
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

House of Many Ways

(Howl's Moving Castle #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  24,103 ratings  ·  1,770 reviews
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, and the Royal Mansion, to name ju ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published June 1st 2008)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about House of Many Ways, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Shannon You don't necessarily need to read Castle in the Air to read this one, but I think it enhances some details/characters in the book if you do.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.05  · 
Rating details
 ·  24,103 ratings  ·  1,770 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Mark Lawrence
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've now read the trilogy to Celyn and all three books are very good. Books 2 and 3 don't quite reach the highs of Howl's Moving Castle for me, but they're great stories to read to an 11 year old (I should note here that Celyn is severely disabled and can't read for herself).

The book was written 18 years after book 2, 22 years after book 1, and 3 years before the author's death. Despite that the feel of the thing is quite in keeping with the earlier instalments.

Once again we start with a new per
...more
Nic
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ahmad Sharabiani
House of Many Ways (Howl's Moving Castle, #3), Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways is a young adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones. The story is set in the same world as Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air. Charmain Baker has led a respectable, and relaxing sheltered life. She has spent her days with her nose in a book, never learning how to do even the smallest household chores. When she suddenly ends up looking after the tiny cottage of her ill Great-Uncle William she seems
...more
Katerina Kondrenko
9.8 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
(please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)

Short-Soundtrack:
Second Suspense – Wonders of Life

Genre: fairytale, fantasy
Stuff: magic house, royal mystery, young wizards
WOW: characters, plot, humor
POV: 3rd person, female
Love-Geometry: none

Quote-Core:
“You don't need to be nasty to make a mess.”

This series is the best ageless mas
...more
Erin
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: completists
Well, I feel a lot of guilt for giving the final chapter of the Castle series a measley 2 stars, but it is what it is.

The magic was pretty boring, consisting of water pipes heating up/cooling down, food appearing when you say "Breakfast, please!", and doorways that lead to many places depending on which direction you turn. Whoop-dee-doo.

The plot was so, so slow-moving. And predictable. Maybe if it had just been one or the other I would have been more satisfied, but slow-moving and predictable?
...more
Emma (Miss Print)
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
“House of Many Ways” is Jones’ third novel featuring Howl and Sophie, following “Howl’s Moving Castle” from 1986 (also a movie adaptation made by Hayao Miyazaki in 2004) and “Castle in the Air” from 1990. Although all of these novels stand alone very nicely, certain nuances of the story will make more sense if you read the novels in sequence. Certain characters’ cameo appearances will also be more satisfying with the background afforded by reading all three novels.

This particular story starts in
...more
Toni
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, children, fantasy
I loved this series! The first one was so different from anything I had expected. I loved the characters: Sophie with her no-nonsense attitude to cleaning and motherly patience in putting together Howl's suit, Calcifer, Howl, the castle itself. Who can forget Sophie's enchanting hats and chasing a star for a spell. I loved the second book with its 1000 nights Arabian atmosphere. The third one had its own delights- aren't we all a bit like Charmain who NEEDS to read a book whenever she is happy o ...more
Becky
Jul 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. The writing was excellent, and it was certainly almost a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle, although calling it the sequel is perhaps unfair to Castle in the Sky.

Vague spoilers follow:

It did rather fail as a traditional novel for two reasons. First, there was nothing much holding it together thematically. Charmain's character development was interesting and coherent, but it had no real bearing on the endgame of the plot, beyond the fact that it allowed her to be
...more
Timothy Urges
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Diana Wynne Jones provides a sense of wonder that sets me on a path to a good mood.

House of Many Ways is a great end to the series. Charmain is tasked with watching her great-uncle’s house while he is away. Turns out he is a wizard whose house is not what it appears to be. Whimsy and adventures abound.
☠tsukino☠
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
Sono contenta di aver letto questa serie!
All'inizio ero restia pensandola troppo da "bambini" e per certi aspetti è così.
Questa saga ha però "parlato" meravigliosamente alla mia parte ancora bambina (che spero duri a lungo) che ha apprezzato.
Non ho un libro preferito. Ogni volume ha un qualcosa tutto suo che me lo fa piacere come gli altri e tutti hanno avuto la capacità di mettermi di buon umore (anche se Il castello errante di Howl ha un fascino particolare per merito anche di Miyazaki).
Ques
...more
Genevieve
Sep 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sff, ya-childrens
To me this reads rather like Diana Wynne Jones trying to write a book that would translate perfectly into a Hayao Miyazaki movie. This sets it apart from Howl's Moving Castle , which was mutlilated in the process of being turned into a Miyazaki film. The hyperkinetic, overstuffed and underexplained action of the latter third or so; the surreal, dreamlike beauty of certain scenes; some bizarrely cute flourishes (like Waif); the frilly Anglo touches (Afternoon Tea, crumpets); the out-of-the-blue ...more
Heidi
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-favorites
Diana Wynne Jones may be my favorite author for those days when life seems altogether mundane. For those days when I need some magic and adventure, but I also need a helping of the charmingly flawed and stubbornly relatable. House of Many Ways, DWJ’s final book in her Howl series does just that. There’s something incredibly gratifying about having a go-to author whose books you can pick up in a time of need and know for certain that she’ll pull through for you. Returning to the world of Ingary, ...more
Exina
Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh, my Gosh, what an awful, disappointing story! What antipathetic and helpless characters! I was extremely irritated by Chairmain and Peter. Even Sophie and Howl are annoying. The ‘lubbock’, this purple-hued insect, is ridiculous. Even the last action scene is lousy.

Though I liked Mr. Baker, the kobolds, and Calcifer, it is not enough even for two stars.
Pinkerton
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Non che sia rimasto particolarmente affascinato dalla signorina Charmain/Charmant (ho trovato leggermente fastidioso il fatto che continuassero a giocare col suo nome, ma mai quanto la pavlata di Howl!), però non posso negare di aver nutrito una sorta di empatia, come sempre mi succede quando leggo di qualche personaggio appassionato di libri (e magia :P). Non capirò mai la fissazione di quest’autrice per metamorfosi e trasformazioni, ma almeno in quest’ultimo capitolo della trilogia la trama è ...more
Tijana
Kuća mnogih puteva nije baš treći deo u trilogiji, ali jeste treća knjiga u kojoj se (ovde kao sporedni likovi) pojavljuju Haul i Sofija. Ipak, bolje je da joj se priđe kao samostalnom romanu - em radnja nije vezana za "Haulov pokretni zamak", em bi u poređenju po kvalitetu izvukla deblji kraj. Jeste simpatična ova priča o devojci koja je razmažena jedinica, knjiški moljac i veze nema sa praktičnim životom a iznenada treba da se stara o čarobnjačkom domaćinstvu, ali nije ni blizu najboljim knjig ...more
ضحى الحداد
and with that I finished the series .. it was a really enchanting world that Miss Diana created, I have to give her a big applause for this series as it is very creative
so in this book we follow Charmaine she is a bookworm and living a good life until the day her mother decides that she goes to her uncle to take care of his house until he gets better .. but the house isn't that simple as it's full of mystery and you can easily get lost there .. so what will happen ?
I liked the idea behind it .
...more
Lara Mi


“I’m beginning to think I’ve led a much too sheltered life.”

Charmain Baker wants nothing more than to read her books in peace. Peace, however, is soon gone when her aunt decides she should look after Great-Uncle William’s magical house. The wizard has fallen ill and Charmain finds herself alone in the house with a stray dog, a huge mess and no means to clean up with. Things only get worse when Peter, a supposed apprentice shows up. Inexperienced with magic, both seem to inflict more damage on
...more
Sesana
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
My least favorite of the Castle books, which still means that it's quite a good book. Sophie, Howl, and Calcifer are here, of course, and for much more of the book than they had been in Castle in the Air. They steal every scene they're in from Charmain, the newly introduced lead character.

Charmain is almost the entire reason why I felt like House of Many Ways didn't live up to the other Castle books. As a protagonist, she's a hard sell. She's cross and somewhat lazy, to the point that it took me
...more
Ana Rilo
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He de decir que, si bien empecé con ilusión a leer, las primeras páginas me hicieron creer que me decepcionaría. Como estaba escrito, como empezaba… no me convencía. Pero según avanzaba fui descubriendo el punto fuerte de esta historia, de lo que cuenta y cómo. Consigue coger a ese adulto y volverlo por unas páginas un niño. Ahí está la magia.
Es como un cuento, simple, entretenido, pero no por ello malo ni mucho menos

Mi reseña completa: https://armasdetinta.wordpress.com/20...
C.W.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-audiobook
Much better than the second one! I really liked the characters, despite finding both Charmain and Peter annoying at times. She’s a bit of a lazy brat, and he’s a bit of screw up and a jerk, but it works. I quite enjoyed the story and the whimsical nature of everything as a whole. It’s fun, funny, fantastical, and brings the series to a very nice close.
**Sognatrice di libri**
Una lettura piacevole e carina ma a dispetto dei precedenti capitoli meno appassionante e avvincente.
Majo
Ultimo libro en la saga de Howl... lo cual es una lástima porque uno nunca se cansa de este mago y sus ocurrentes ideas.

La protagonista de este libro es Charmain Baker... alguien totalmente odioso. Una inútil, vaga y consentida niña que no sabe hacer nada y tampoco tiene intención de aprender a hacerlo. Creo que solamente hacia finales del libro logre que me cayera más o menos bien, pero no tanto.
Peter, el joven aprendiz del mago, a pesar de ser torpe siempre esta esforzándose por hacer las cosa
...more
Lisa
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the best things about a Diana Wynne Jones story is her characters, and House of Many Ways is no exception. I love Charmain, even when she’s completely exasperating. As someone who really just wants to be left alone with a good book, she’s a girl after my own heart. But, through her interactions with Peter, her uncle’s supposed wizardly apprentice, you learn that Charmain has never really had to do very much for herself and she’s ignorant in how to fend for herself and incredibly lazy abou ...more
I r h
LA CASA DE LOS MIL ESPEJOS continúa en el mismo mundo que EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE y EL CASTILLO EN EL AIRE, e incluso recupera a algunos de sus personajes (view spoiler), pero no llega a la altura de los demás. Si bien nos encontramos con una buena historia, tan imaginativa como las anteriores, se hace algo pesada hasta la llegada de Sophie y los demás.

Los personajes no me han calado tanto como los anteriores. En EL CASTILLO AMBULANTE adoré a Sop
...more
Punk
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA Fantasy. Charmain Baker has lived her entire life in her parents' house with not a thing expected of her until she's shipped off to look after her great-uncle's house and she realizes just how many things she has no idea how to do! At that point it hardly matters that the house is magic and populated by her great-uncle's spells; she's already way out of her depth. Add to that a King, a small dog, an evil purple bug, and a bumbling apprentice, and Charmain has a lot of learning to do, and fast ...more
Margaret
This follows Castle in the Air as a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Charmain Baker is pleased when her family sends her to look after Great-Uncle William's little cottage while he's ill; after all, she longs to have some time to herself and the freedom to read and do whatever she wants. But Great-Uncle William is the Royal Wizard of High Norland, and his house is...a little unusual. Soon Charmain is drawn into intrigue at the royal palace, where the king has called in magical help from another k ...more
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
Once again, not really a sequel to me since Howl and Sophie are more of supporting characters rather than main characters. The magic in this book was a lot quirkier and lot more reminiscent of Howl’s Moving Castle, but it’s always the characters that get me. This book revolves around Charmain, a mostly ordinary girl who is sent to care for the home of her wizard relation. I could have gotten more on board with this book as it had more of Howl and Sophie than the previous book and more of the set ...more
Sabrina Ye
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Why have we got to?” she said. “I haven’t the remotest idea how to wash dishes anyway.”
Peter was scandalized. “You haven’t? Why ever not?”
Charmain got the envelope open and pulled out a beautiful, large, stiff, folded paper. “My mother brought me up to be respectable,” she said. “She never let me near the scullery, or the kitchen either.”
“I don’t believe this!” Peter said. “Why is it respectable not to know how to do things? Is it respectable to light a fire with a bar of soap?”
“That,” Charmai
...more
Kaguya
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una historia que se asemeja un poco a la primera, pero con su propio encanto. Me ha gustado mucho aunque veces Charmain y Peter me ponían de los nervios. El libro se me hizo algo tedioso hasta que aparecieron Sophie, Howl, Calcifer y Morgan que consiguen darle chispa al libro.

Estoy un poco decepcionada, porque aunque te va contando que pasó con algunos personajes de los anteriores libros no mencionan en ninguno momento a Michael y Martha. De verdad que me hubiese encantado saber qué fue de ello
...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer


I'm having such a HUGE crush on Mrs. Diana Wynne Jones! I'm not sure you should trust me when it comes to her books.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL????!!!!????? 2 41 Feb 13, 2019 01:57PM  
Nothing But Readi...: Jones, Wynne Diana-- House of Many Ways informal buddy read starts July 15, 2018 22 140 Jul 21, 2018 07:23PM  
Can I read it and skip the second one? 10 103 Sep 07, 2015 07:03PM  
Purple Elephants ...: House of Many Ways (August 2015) 5 7 Aug 17, 2015 12:51PM  
2015 Reading Chal...: House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones 1 13 Aug 03, 2015 02:39PM  
Kobo eBook Availability 1 7 Jun 15, 2012 01:48PM  
Can I read it and skip the second one? 3 25 Jun 05, 2012 05:03AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • The Grand Tour (Cecelia and Kate, #2)
  • Flora's Dare (Flora Trilogy, #2)
  • Fly Trap (Fly by Night, #2)
  • The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (The Twelve Kingdoms, #1)
  • A Well-Timed Enchantment
  • The Empty Kingdom (The Lion Hunters, #5)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
  • Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness (Moribito, #2)
  • The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories
  • Chalice
  • Firebirds: An Anthology of Original Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Other Worlds
  • Starcross (Larklight, #2)
  • The Wizard in the Tree
  • The Quest of the Fair Unknown (The Squire's Tales, #8)
See similar books…
7,697 followers
Diana was born in London, the daughter of Marjorie (née Jackson) and Richard Aneurin Jones, both of whom were teachers. When war was announced, shortly after her fifth birthday, she was evacuated to Wales, and thereafter moved several times, including periods in Coniston Water, in York, and back in London. In 1943 her family finally settled in Thaxted, Essex, where her parents worked running an ed ...more

Other books in the series

Howl's Moving Castle (3 books)
  • Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
  • Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)
“All she heard next of the strange conversation behind the sofa was Mrs. Pendragon saying something about sending Twinkle (or was his name Howl?) to bed without supper and Twinkle daring her to 'jutht TRY it.” 96 likes
“Sophie said a bad word. In the dim light she had stubbed her toe on one of the many dusty bricks piled around the place.
Naughty-naughty" Twinkle said.
Oh shut up!" Sophie said , standing on one leg to hold her toe. "Why don't you grow up?”
82 likes
More quotes…