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The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
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Almost a sequel to "Charmed Life". In parts quite funny, and in parts really dark. Horribly muddled at the end. The girl who is one of the primary characters simply can't get any of the adults to listen to her. Cat has grown up, and realized that when there is trouble, consulting Chrestomanci is the right thing to do. But he is swayed by others who haven't worked that out yet. ( )
  themulhern | Apr 14, 2017 |
In the offkilter world of Chrestomanci, in which enchanters and early twentieth century technology exist side-by-side, Christopher "Cat" Chant is a young boy still training his magic. While exploring the woods, he comes across mysterious magical barricades and a forest that seems oddly empty. Meanwhile, the Pinhoes are doing everything in their power to keep him and the other denizens of the castle from making any further discoveries.

Sweet, funny, lovely. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Sadly, the last book in the Chrestomanci series. This really shows Diana Wynne Jones at the top of her game, and reminds me how sadly she will be missed. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Not as good as the previous Chrestomanci books. The basic problem as I see it: Too many characters to keep track of!
  sonofcarc | Mar 5, 2014 |
Another fun page-turner with interesting plots and multiple perspectives. I loved hearing about dwimmer, yet another new kind of magic in the Wynne Jones universe (perhaps a nod to Tolkien?), and I thought the alternating chapters from Marianne's and Cat's points-of-view worked very well. I do agree that most of the witches were annoying and/or outright evil, but at least they all get their comeuppance one way or another. ( )
  bostonian71 | Jun 6, 2013 |
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At the beginning of the summer holidays, while Chrestomanci and his family were still in the south of France, Marianne Pinhoe and her brother Joe walked reluctantly up the steep main street of Ulverscote.
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Marianne Pinhoe, from a family of hidden witches, gets entangled with Cat Chant and Chrestomanci when her family gets involved in a magical rivalry with another family.
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A clan of witches

A boy gets a griffin egg

Finds the fairy folk


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061131261, Mass Market Paperback)

Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe have discovered something incredibly exciting, truly precious, and very strange—an egg.

This egg was not meant to be found. Chrestomanci himself, Cat's guardian and the strongest enchanter in the world, is sure to find it particularly interesting. And that's the last thing Marianne's family of secret rogue witches wants.

But the Pinhoes' secrets are falling to pieces, and powerful spells are wreaking havoc across the country-side. Marianne and Cat may be the only two who can set things right—if Marianne accepts her own powerful magic, and Cat solves the mystery behind the mystical Pinhoe Egg.

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Two powerful young enchanters, Cat, the future Chrestomanci, and Marianne, who is being trained to be Gammer of the Pinhoes, work together as friends to try to end an illegal witches' war and, in the process, right some old wrongs.

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