The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones

(9.0/10)

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 cats just might help defend the city of Caprona against a mysterious enchanter -- but only if Tonino can learn to cooperate with a girl from the hated Petrocchi family of spell-makers.In books by fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, nothing is ever as it seems. And so it is with one of her finest creations, The Worlds of Chrestomanci. Here, there are hundreds of other, parallel worlds - each one formed when the result of a big event in history, like a battle or an earthquake, could have been two quite different things. Both things happened, but because they could not exist together, the worlds split apart and took their new courses independently. What's more, it is common for people to have at least one exact double populating several of these other world... Confused? Don't be - The Magicians of Caprona is the second instalment in the fascinating life of Christopher Chant and explains everything you ever needed to know about magic, witchcraft and the black arts. There are new characters, more surprises, slippery spells and an enchanted romance too! In the Italian Dukedom of Caprona, the houses of Montana and Petrocchi control everything magical, watched over by its magnificent guardian statue, the Angel. But the families have been feuding for years so when all the spells that are meant to vanquish the threat of war from other city-states all start going wrong - each predictably blames the other. It is only when the young Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi suddenly disappear that rumours of a White Devil who threatens the Angel of Caprona are taken seriously. Family differences must be cast aside to save the day from an evil enchanter, and lives cannot be saved without the involvement of the magic man they call Chrestomanci.

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All reviews for Diana Wynne Jones's The Chrestomanci Series series


Charmed Life
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 1
9.0

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 [...]


The Magicians of Caprona
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 2
9.0

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 [...]


Witch Week
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 3
9.0

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 [...]


The Lives of Christopher Chant
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 4
9.0

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 [...]


Mixed Magics
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 5
9.0

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 [...]


Conrad's Fate
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 6
8.0

‘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 [...]


The Pinhoe Egg
The Chrestomanci Series: Book 7
9.0

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 [...]

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Dogsbody
8.5

A powerful being fights for his life within the body of a humble, earthbound puppy. Sirius, immortal Lord of the Dog Star and infamous for his quick temper, cannot believe [...]


A Tale of Time City
9.0

When Vivian is evacuated from London in 1939, she expects to be staying in the countryside. Instead, she is whisked away to Time City – a place that exists outside ti [...]

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