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The Chrestomanci Quartet (Charmed Life,…
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The Chrestomanci Quartet (Charmed Life, Witch Week, The Magicians of… (udgave 2000)

af Diana Wynne Jones

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This box set brings together the four Chrestomanci novels, where the enigmatic nine-lifed enchanter wields powerful magic… The Lives of Christopher Chant When Christopher discovers he has nine lives and is destined to be the next ‘Chrestomanci’ he is not pleased. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, particularly when an evil smuggler, The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds… Charmed Life Gwendolen and Eric Chant are taken to live with a powerful nine-lifed enchanter in Chrestomanci Castle. Gwendolen is thrilled, for she is a gifted witch. Eric, on the other hand, has no talent for magic at all. Watch the sparks fly, as life with Chrestomanci takes an unexpected turn… Witch Week The note to Mr Crossley was clear: SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH. The most awful thing was, the note might be true – for this was a school for witch-orphans. A visit from the Divisional Inquisitor would mean trouble… real trouble. The Magicians of Caprona Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in Caprona. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. When Young Tonino Montana and Angela Petrocchi disappear, terrible rumours of a White Devil start…… (mere)
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Titel:The Chrestomanci Quartet (Charmed Life, Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, The Lives of Christopher Chant)
Forfattere:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:SFBC Fantasy (2000), Edition: Book Club, Hardcover, 664 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Chrestomanci Quartet (Charmed Life, Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, The Lives of Christopher Chant) af Diana Wynne Jones

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This is an omnibus of the first four books featuring Chrestomanci in varying degrees.


Charmed Life: This was a favorite when I was a kid and it was still fun. A lonely boy nicknamed Cat, an awful sister, lots of magic, a castle, alternate worlds and a cat that used to be a fiddle... What's not to love?

Witch Week: This was darker than I expected. Magic at boarding school sounds like fun unless it's full of orphans because [b:it's a magical world|24814|It's A Magical World (A Calvin and Hobbes Collection)|Bill Watterson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1219602232s/24814.jpg|25601] where witches are still burned.


The Magicians of Caprona: This one's the opposite - full of magic and love and cats and silliness in an Italian city.


The Lives of Christopher Chant: The Lives of Christopher Chant: This is the childhood that Chrestomanci refers to in Charmed Life. One of the most fun backstories that I've ever read. More magic, awful relatives, boarding schools, cats, and alternate worlds.

Is it me or is Good Reads html display a bit wonky? ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Imaginative but not compelling. Perfectly suitable for the Junior reader it is intended for, but nothing out of the ordinary for the genre.
I picked it up again 18 months later and forgot I had finished the final novel so I read it again. Did not remember the details from any of the other three until I looked at them again.

from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Wynne_Jones_bibliography#Chrestomanci_series

The Chrestomanci fantasy series comprises six novels and four short stories.[6]
Publication order The books in order of release:
Charmed Life (1977) – Guardian Children's Fiction Prize; Carnegie Medal commendation; Preis der Leseratten (ZDF Schülerexpress, Germany)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
Witch Week (1982)
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988) – Carnegie Medal commendation
Mixed Magics (2000), short stories published 1982 to 2000
Conrad's Fate (2005)
The Pinhoe Egg (2006) – Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Children's finalist;[3] Locus Award Young Adult Book, 6th place
If the short stories in Mixed Magics are counted separately, the order of release is:
Charmed Life (1977)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
Witch Week (1982)
"The Sage of Theare", in Hecate's Cauldron (1982) ed. Susan M. Schwartz
"Warlock at the Wheel", in Warlock at the Wheel (1984) by Jones
"Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream", in Dragons and Dreams (1986) ed. Jane Yolen et al.
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
"Stealer of Souls", in Mixed Magics (2000) by Jones
Conrad's Fate (2005)
The Pinhoe Egg (2006)
Reading order Diana Wynne Jones herself, however, recommended reading the books in this order:[7]
Charmed Life (1977)
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
Conrad's Fate (2005)
Witch Week (1982)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
The short stories in Mixed Magics can be read in any order after that. The Pinhoe Egg can probably be read after The Magicians of Caprona.
Chronological order
Two works feature Christopher Chant as a boy and teen; the others are set during his tenure as Chrestomanci. The narrative sequence is clear for all but two(‡).
The Lives of Christopher Chant
Conrad's Fate
Charmed Life
"Warlock at the Wheel"
"The Sage of Theare"‡
Witch Week‡
The Magicians of Caprona
"Stealer of Souls"
"Carol Oneir's Hundredth Dream"
The Pinhoe Egg
‡ Three of the short stories follow soon after the novels as listed here. On the other hand, "The Sage of Theare" does not have a fictional date or any landmark that relates it closely to another work in the series. (There is some evidence that it predates Witch Week whose own place is uncertain. Both works were published in 1982. In the novel Chrestomanci observes that he likes to dress nicely and reveals that he has been called away in his dressing gown a couple of times in spite of his care. That may be an allusion to the short story, where he is summoned in pyjamas.)
‡ Witch Week is set sometime after Charmed Life, in which Chrestomanci acquires his legal ward Janet Chant. ( )
  librisissimo | Dec 11, 2015 |
Got to be read by any serious fantasy fan. ( )
  tamsin.james | Apr 27, 2009 |
Charmed Life:

Book 1 of the Chrestomanci Quartet, charmed Life is about Cat and Gwendolen Chant. They are both orphans living with their neighbor. Gwendolen is a highly gifted witch. The great Chrestomanci, a rare nine-lived enchanter, invites them to live in his castle. At first, Gwendolen takes this as an opportunity but she begins to hate Chrestomanci and the castle. She pulls dirty pranks, and that makes no one but Cat like her. Gwendolen eventually escapes to an alternate world and an identical replacement named Janet chat take her place in world 1A. Cat has to help Janet pretend to be Gwendolen, and when Gwendolen comes back, no good happens. Cat learns that he is a nine-lives enchanter and Gwendolen attempts to kill Cat and Chrestomanci. Cat must save the day.

I enjoyed the Book because of the magic in it; I think that magic is fun. The author’s intent is to entertain the readers.
The protagonist is Gwendolen because she wants to learn more magic and the antagonist is Crestomanci because he is holding her back. I learned from this book that you can’t trust every one because .

Witch Week:

Book 2, Witch Week is about a world in the series where if you are found out as a witch then you are burned. The teacher in the class receives a letter that says someone in the class is a witch. Everyone in 6B thinks that it is nan Pilgrim because she is named after the famous Witch Dulcinea. People make fun of her because of it. Once someone left a broom on her desk labeled “Dulcinea’s Pony.” No one likes Charles much, he is a witch but no one knows it. Once Dan hides his sneakers so he got in trouble with his gym coach. Brian is a teacher’s son, he doesn’t get made fun of much but is a bit secretive. Nan, Charles, Brian, and a couple of other students attempt to escape society so they won’t get caught. The call upon Chrestomanci to help them escape.

I liked this book because magic is fun and I could not guess the ending. The authors intent it to talk about bullying.The entire book is full of obstacles because it is about the prejudice against witches and going against the rules to do the right thing.

The Magicians Of Caprona:

Book 3, The Magicians of Caprona is about the Montanas and Petrochis cooperating. Tonio Montana and Angelica Petrochi both learned to hate each other’s family. Other city states to war and both the Montanas and Petrochis work hard at creating war spells. They are also searching for the lyrics of Angel of Caprona, a very powerful spell that only when found the true power of Caprona will come.

When both Tonio and Angelica disappear, the two families blame each other. This is all part of the Duchess’ plan, because if the families are blaming each other than they cooperate and she gains more power. Montanas call upon the Chrestomanci to help them but Chrestomanci tells them that it is not the Petrochis. They are forced to work together, the Petrochis and Montanas and learn that each other aren’t so bad.

This book is about coming together with enemies and learning that they aren’t as bad as you might think.
I like the plot it is unsuspected. The author talks about friendship.

The Lives Of Cristopher Chant:

Book 4, The Lives of Christopher Chant, is about Christopher Chant. He is a nine-lives enchanter and spirit walker. He has the ability to go to other worlds, and bring things back. A group of thieves used to bring illegal things from other worlds, of course young Christopher doesn’t know what it is. He is brought to Chrestomanci’s Castle and things get worse plus he hates it there. Tacroy his spirit traveling friend and Kriket became his only comforts. When trouble begins in the castle it is up to Christopher to save the day, and his friend Tacroy.

I love the story because I love magic. ( )
  Elferkid | Feb 16, 2009 |
Cricket. That's all I'm saying. Read the final novel for that alone. -twinkle-

Trust me, whether or not you like cricket.

Chrestomanci is rarely the viewpoint character, which is disorienting; I hadn't expected that. I first discovered Chrestomanci with "The Sage of Theare" and was immediately delighted.

Hope you enjoy Chrestomanci too. It's a fun universe... DWJ is an author to trust - you're in good hands. ( )
  aszanoni | Jan 14, 2007 |
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This box set brings together the four Chrestomanci novels, where the enigmatic nine-lifed enchanter wields powerful magic… The Lives of Christopher Chant When Christopher discovers he has nine lives and is destined to be the next ‘Chrestomanci’ he is not pleased. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, particularly when an evil smuggler, The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds… Charmed Life Gwendolen and Eric Chant are taken to live with a powerful nine-lifed enchanter in Chrestomanci Castle. Gwendolen is thrilled, for she is a gifted witch. Eric, on the other hand, has no talent for magic at all. Watch the sparks fly, as life with Chrestomanci takes an unexpected turn… Witch Week The note to Mr Crossley was clear: SOMEONE IN THIS CLASS IS A WITCH. The most awful thing was, the note might be true – for this was a school for witch-orphans. A visit from the Divisional Inquisitor would mean trouble… real trouble. The Magicians of Caprona Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in Caprona. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. When Young Tonino Montana and Angela Petrocchi disappear, terrible rumours of a White Devil start…

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