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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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Gwendolen Chant and her brother Cat find the Chrestomancie Castle family's magic powers difficult to counter with the inferior powers of the Coven Street witches. After two centuries of feuding the powers of the two families of magicians in mythical Caprona are too weak to stop an incipient war, but the younger members of the families find a way.

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Four adventures of the Chrestomanci.

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