House of Many Ways
is the second sequel to Diana Wynne Jones
's novel Howl's Moving Castle
It is set a couple of years after its predecessor. Again, a new protagonist is introduced as the book follows the story of Charmain, a sheltered bookworm who is assigned to caretake a cottage for her Great Uncle (who is also the Royal Wizard) but soon discovers the cottage is a magical labyrinth in disguise. The cast of the first book are given more involved roles than their cameo appearances in Castle in the Air
, but still stay secondary to Charmain's plot.
House of Many Ways provides examples of: