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Noidan veli by Diana Wynne Jones
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Title:Noidan veli
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Other authors:Marikki Makkonen (KääNt.)
Info:Helsinki WSOY 2010.
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Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones (1977)

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (kerravonsen)
    kerravonsen: Children's fantasy, check. Protagonist who doesn't know he's a magician/wizard, check. Schooling in magic, check.
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    sandstone78: The roles of Chrestomanci and Abhorsen are similar- magicians who police the use of magic. Both books feature their protagonists growing into these roles.
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A classic fantasy best described as a precursor to the Harry Potter series. Eric, best know as Cat, is a quiet boy whose older sister Gwendolyn’s powers as a witch often overshadow him. When both are invited to live at Chrestomanci Castle what is true and what is false begins to unravel to surprising results.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Sep 23, 2016 |
This was a memorial re-read, as Diana Wynne Jones has recently passed away. It's a kids' book, but a very enjoyable one. The first entry in her Chrestomanci series, it does a good job setting up the world and characters.
It's also particularly remarkable as a kids' book about two siblings which has one of them turn out to be just absolutely horrible! As a reader, you think that the character in question is just bratty and spoiled and will learn to mend her ways. But nope. Just plain evil. I love it! ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read this first many years ago. It was my introduction to Diana Wynne Jones. I love Chrestomanci's world where magic works and technology lags behind our world. I love the growth of Cat as a character. The ebook has a series of short notes about the universe that are well worth reading.

If you like the Harry Potter series, the Narnia series, or Lloyd Alexander, I think you'll like this series. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jan 24, 2016 |
This proto-Harry-Potter novel is a little listless, but overall fun and inventive.

Cat’s older sister, Gwendolen, is an up-and-coming witch, and he follows along when she goes to learn magic from the renowned magician, Chrestomanci. Unfortunately, Gwendolen is an attention-hungry brat. Out of brotherly devotion, Cat has to go along with and cover up for her schemes.

Cat’s a bit of a cipher, but his sister makes him a sympathetic character in three different ways. I liked him because:

He was single-mindedly devoted to a family member
His devotion to his family member was not reciprocated
His sister treated everyone so awfully that, when Cat acted decently toward them, it seemed like an act of heroism by comparison

However, I got a little impatient with the story because I wasn’t sure what it was supposed to be about. Cat never really has any motivation of his own, so I thought he was just going to be the camera through which we saw Gwendolen’s story. But halfway through the novel that theory of mine was destroyed, and I wasn’t quite sure what to latch on to next.

Within the last fifty pages, I finally did find out what the real story was, but I wish the real story had been hinted at a little more strongly earlier on. ( )
  CarsonKicklighter | Jan 26, 2015 |
It's a good read, a story of a boy who lives in the shadow of his sister and whose life changes when they end up in the Castle of Chrestomanci and then he discovers the truth about his sister and her ambitions.

It's an interesting read, something on that borderline between fantasy and reality with characters who work well and things that would have resolved quicker if everyone would have just talked to each other! And characters who point this out too.

Great read, love the story, there are layers here that would reward re-reading. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Oct 23, 2014 |
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IonicusCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makkonen, MarikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newbold, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cat Chant admired his elder sister Gwendolen. She was a witch. He admired her and he clung to her. Great changes came about in their lives and left him no one else to cling to.
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Orphans, one spiteful,
one open-hearted, effect
magic, then mayhem!

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688155464, Mass Market Paperback)

Cat doesn''t mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendoleen, the most promising witch on Coven Stree t. But trouble starts when the two of them are summoned to l ive in Chrestomanci Castle. '

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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.

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