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Title:Conrad's Fate
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones
Info:Harpercollins Pub Ltd (2005), Hardcover
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Rating:****
Tags:fantasy, children's literature

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Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones (2005)

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    The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Another title involving the young Christopher Chant, the future Chrestomanci or nine-lifed enchanter who has responsibility for ensuring magic is not misused on a number of Related Worlds.
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Conrad's Fate is...perhaps the least interesting Chrestomanci book, for me. Conrad is such an idiot at times - he's being strong and tricky and figuring out how to get his way, and his uncle has him so neatly wrapped around his finger.... It took me two readings to figure out what the heck was going on at the castle, and it's still not really clear. The sidelight on Christopher's youth is mildly interesting, though I thought he and Gabriel had reached an agreement by the end of Lives of Christopher Chant. And like that. Not a favorite. Not bad, and a good addition to the Chrestomanci series, but it doesn't stand on its own very well. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Oct 22, 2013 |
Full of interesting ideas as usual, though the story wasn't quite as well-paced as I'd like. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the ending is a bit pat, and Conrad feels rather passive. Still enjoyable though, mainly because of learning more about Christopher's background and getting to see a little of Millie. ( )
  bostonian71 | Jun 17, 2013 |
Fun book, though the pacing is a little odd, I think. It suddenly gets frantic at the end, so many events cramped into the space that would've gone to describe less than a day earlier in the book. That didn't quite work for me -- sedate to breakneck in five seconds flat. But then, that happens a lot in Diana Wynne Jones' work, to a greater or lesser extent, for me.

Besides, it's another one of those where the answers are right in front of the main character the whole time and he just doesn't get it.

Still a fun read. It's fun to see Christopher from Conrad's point of view, and learn all over again how insufferable he can be. Did keep expecting to see Howl at any minute. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
I liked parts of this very much. Don't know if it was just that I was in a mood or if it was the book, but I lost interest in the last couple of chapters and felt bored by the rather ex machina conclusion. Chrestomanci shows up out of nowhere and saves the day, rewards and punishes everyone according to their just deserts and sets everyone straight. Yeah, maybe I was just in a mood. ( )
  bunwat | Mar 30, 2013 |
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1887962.html

typical Diana Wynne Jones setting of the Chrestomanci nested worlds (this time with the interesting wrinkle that the English Channel never happened) with peculiar family secrets, ancient stately homes that are not even slightly what they seem, and a central character who comes to realise that his place in the world is what he makes of it rather than what other people tell him it should be. It's not perhaps as subversive or heartfelt as some of her other work but it's still very good. ( )
  nwhyte | Feb 12, 2012 |
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Conrad Tesdinic and Christopher Chant (soon to be Chrestomanci) both seek employment in a magical castle, whose denizens alter reality to play the stock market. 
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In the English Alps
Conrad tries to change his fate.
Unsuccessfully.
(ed.pendragon)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060747455, Mass Market Paperback)

Devotees of The Chrestomanci Quartet and Mixed Magics will pounce on this sixth title in the series by Diana Wynne Jones, whose reputation as a fantasy writer is also enhanced by Archer’s Goon and Howl’s Moving Castle (soon to be an animated film). In this Chrestomanci tale, the nine-lived enchanter Christopher, who fans will remember from other books, appears as a dapper and self-possessed 15-year-old, and the narrator is young Conrad Tesdinic, who at the age of twelve has just finished school in the mountain village of Stallchester in the English Alps. He yearns to go on to Stall High, but his tight-fisted Uncle Alfred has other plans. With the help of magical spells and a story of bad karma, he intimidates Conrad into going off to serve on the staff at Stallery Mansion, burdened with a secret about an unknown person he must kill. Conrad makes the best of his new life, especially after he meets his elegant new roommate Christopher, who is, he explains, the heir in a different time level to the job of Chrestomanci, an enchanter appointed by the government to control the use of magic. Conrad joins him in his desperate search for his friend Millie, who has vanished from a parallel time track. Amusing scenes of life below stairs in the highly stratified servants’ quarters alternate with the boys’ strange adventures as they seek through other realities within the castle on their day off, glimpsing Millie but never able to reach her. With Wynne Jones’ characteristic skill at plotting, the finale is a whirlwind of revealed alter-identities and just desserts for villains, ending with as many satisfying romantic pairings as a Shakespeare comedy. (Ages 10-13) --Patty Campbell

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When his uncle sends him to work at the mysterious Stallery Mansion, twelve-year-old Conrad Tesdinic must overcome his bad karma and discover the source of the magic that threatens to pull his world into one of the eleven other parallel universes.

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