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

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Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones

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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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Book 5 of the Chrestomanci books, and terrific in every conceivable way. Conrad is an endearing character, and the Chrestomanci 'verse is fabulous. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The fifth in the Chrestomanci series sees Diana Wynne Jones in fine form.
It's light, but not too light, charming but not saccharin. It's witty, but also touches on serious topics.
I really despise reviewers who say every single even slightly fantasy-related book should be read by 'fans of Harry Potter,' but I have to say that this series really is one that Potter fans would probably like.

Although it's part of a series, it's also a stand-alone story. Fans will recognize some of the characters as they appear, but a reader isn't required to know their background & history.
As the title implies, this is a story about Conrad, a boy who wants to go to high school, but instead is convinced by an obviously cockamamie story cooked up by his uncle that in order to expiate his karmic sins, he must go into service at the Castle and magically assassinate an unknown person... Luckily (as it turns out) for him, he makes friends with another boy who's applying for the same job - but also has an agenda that involves more than learning the finer points of the serving arts.
As always, in these books, parallel worlds and plenty of magic come into play... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
This is my favorite Chrestomanci book so far, and the only one I'd recommend (so far.) ( )
  adamwolf | Nov 24, 2015 |
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 |
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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. 
Haiku summary
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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