The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

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Think of a world, almost like our own but a little more genteel and old-fashioned, where magic and witchcraft is as common as mathematics - but just as dangerous in the wrong hands. In The Lives of Christopher Chant - the fourth book in her Worlds of Chrestomanci series - Diana Wynne Jones succeeds in creating a vision of England close to our expectations of what should be, but subtly different enough to excite our interest and draw us into a strange new world of incredible reality and possibilities. Christopher Chant is a dreamer, a boy who returns home each night with strange gifts from his nocturnal travels and leaves sand in his bed as proof. He's happy to play cricket and wander the world in secret - so having nine lives and being the next Chrestomanci is not part of his plans for the future. It's only when an evil smuggler known as The Wraith threatens his existence that the young Christopher truly takes hold of his destiny. He must try to halt his loss of lives and defeat evil before times runs out. Set at least 20 years before the events as told in the first Chrestmanci novel, Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant is a detailed fantasy and wild adventure with dollops of humour that will challenge and intrigue every fan of this sequence of otherworldly novels.

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Charmed Life

by Diana Wynne Jones

Orphans Eric Chant (nicknamed Cat) and his sister Gwendolen, a gifted witch, are whisked away to live in a castle with Chrestromanci, a much-revered man of magic, wealth an [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 1
Published: 1977

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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The Magicians of Caprona

by Diana Wynne Jones

Tonino is the only person in the famous Montana household who wasn't born with an instinct for creating spells, but he has other gifts. His ability to communicate with [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 2
Published: 1980

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Witch Week

by Diana Wynne Jones

When the note, written in ordinary ballpoint, turns up in the homework books Mr Crossley is marking, he is very upset. For this is Larwood House, a school for witch-orphans [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 3
Published: 1982

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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The Lives of Christopher Chant

by Diana Wynne Jones

Think of a world, almost like our own but a little more genteel and old-fashioned, where magic and witchcraft is as common as mathematics - but just as dangerous in the wro [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 4
Published: 1988

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Mixed Magics

by Diana Wynne Jones

The Stealer of Souls combines the inhabitants of Chrestomanci Castle during Charmed Life and one of the young characters from The Magicians of Caprona to great effect, crea [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 5
Published: 2000

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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Conrad's Fate

by Diana Wynne Jones

‘It’s your fate – this wretched bad karma of yours – that’s the problem,’ said Uncle Alfred. ‘Unless you put right what you did wr [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 6
Published: 0000

Score: 80

Our rating: 8.0 | positive reader reviews

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The Pinhoe Egg

by Diana Wynne Jones

Spells always have consequences and it's Chrestomanci's job to make sure everything is safely under control. Even so, in the village around Chrestomanci Castle, all [...]

Series: The Chrestomanci Series: Book 7
Published: 2006

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews

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