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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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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer'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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    Sabriel by Garth Nix (sandstone78)
    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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    Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer (foggidawn)
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    Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee (Aquila)

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This is the sort of children's fantasy book where if I had read it as a child, I would have been completely obsessed with it. It has a million exciting aspects, including fun magic, a mysterious and dapper enchanter, alternate realities and alternate reality doubles, a magic castle with magic servants, and the sort of unthinkable betrayal that's designed to hit a child the hardest, especially a younger child. My only real problem with the novel was Cat's passivity, which I know was the big personality flaw he had to overcome, but for most of the book I wanted to shake him. I think it's because I'm the older sibling and he's a younger but I found his total subservience to his sister completely inexplicable. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
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  librisissimo | Apr 11, 2021 |
I read Howl's Moving Castle before this, so I noticed a similarity in the plot.
At first I thought Cat is actually a...cat.
I have to find out if they have similar universe to Howl's Moving Castle.
Looking forward to read the sequels. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
One of those books that I started out being very meh about, and ended up being really happy with. Very well executed. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Enjoyed this one as a gentle introduction to the world of magic and possibilities. As an adult, I can appreciate how this alternate world is designed and implemented in a way that anyone can accept magic exists and how vast it varies with power and good control. ( )
  KriMeow | Sep 14, 2020 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionscalculated
IonicusCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makkonen, MarikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newbold, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slater, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Claire, Nicholas and Frances
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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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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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Orphans, one spiteful,
one open-hearted, effect
magic, then mayhem!

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