The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 1 : Charmed Life/The Lives of Christopher Chant

By (author) Diana Wynne Jones

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In this multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds, only an enchanter with nine lives is powerful enough to control the rampant misuse of magic--and to hold the title Chrestomanci... The Chants are a family strong in magic, but neither Christopher Chant nor Cat Chant can work even the simplest of spells. Who could have dreamed that both Christopher and Cat were born with nine lives--or that they could lose them so quickly?

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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 106.68 x 167.64 x 40.64mm | 272.15g
  • 10 Apr 2007
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Harper Trophy.
  • 006447268X
  • 9780064472685
  • 15,302

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THE CHANTS are a family strong in magic, but neither Christopher Chant nor Cat Chant can work even the simplest of spells. Who could have dreamed that both Christopher and Cat were born with nine lives -- or that they could lose them so quickly?

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Charmed and wonderful book

This book has the first two stories in the Chrestomanci series. The first is called "Charmed Life" and the second "The lives of Christopher Chant". Chrestomanci is an enchanter who supervises the use of magic and so is more powerful than most magic people. Chrestomanci also has the task of looking for his/her successor. The first story takes us through the lives of Eric Chant and his witch sister (quite literally) who is called Gwendolen. Full of magic and some interesting twists, it's a great treat to read and I give it 4 stars. Then comes along the second story, which happens at least 25 years before the first and follows the life of Christopher Chant who is the Chrestomanci of the first story. This story is amazing! It's full of adventures, people from different worlds and gives us a lesson on true friendship - not to mention weird cats. The whole book gets 5 stars because the second story is really compelling. I had to make myself stop reading it so that it could last a little longer. Diana Wynne Jones always at her best.show more
by Ines

A story of magic through the ages

This story is about two orphaned siblings; Cat and Gwen. While Cat is extremely shy, Gwen is a recognized and powerful young witch. She gets herself brought to live in the castle of Chrestomanci, the most powerful magician, but things don't go according to her plan. A war of wills begins with magic used in every corner. Cat is afraid of his sister but when he gets a new sister, the fun really begins because Gwen has intentions to come back - with powerful and dangerous allies. This is the sequel to 'The charmed lives of Chirstopher Chant' but is an immensely enjoyable independent read. The book is funny, dramatic, fast paced with a subtle sense of humour running throughout it. It deals with magic in childhood and how extraordinary circumstances can bring out the best in all of us. The magic is explained as easily as simple science. The author shows amazing insights into the thoughts of children and how they fare in difficult circumstances. A beautiful and well written book.show more
by Nadia Hussain