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    Conrad's Fate 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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In this volume we learn about the boyhood of the enchanter Chrestomanci (who appears in all of these books, but only in this one as the protagonist.) Christopher
Chant seems to have no magic at all, but he has a rich dream life, in which it seems he can travel to other worlds - and even bring back physical things from other places. After meeting a few mischances, it also seems that Christopher is one of those very rare people born with 9 lives.... However, Christopher's beloved but unscrupulous uncle has some dangerous schemes in mind... schemes that sound a lot more fun than being taken away from cricket practice and forced to study magic and become "Chrestomanci", whatever that is! But, with the help of a good-hearted if dishonest spirit traveler, the Living Goddess Asheth, and a cantankerous temple cat, Christopher may eventually figure out the truth and save the things that really matter... ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Christopher comes from a world with magic, only it appears that Christopher himself is unable to use magic, only in his dreams he is different, travelling worlds that are unlike his own and finding people that interest him. Things change when his uncle finds out what he can do and involves him in experiments.

Not a bad read but I didn't quite engage with the characters, kept my interest but didn't fully engage it. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Oct 1, 2014 |
as good as i remembered its been a few years since i last read it.
man though sometimes it feels like im muttering to myself about their stupidity ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
Great story. I wish Christopher had been a bit more careful with his lives. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Fun and easy to read. Pretty sure I didn't read this, the first time, so, hm. Maybe I only read the first book, when I was younger. In any case, it's best to read this after Charmed Life, otherwise it would give the game away with some of what happens in Charmed Life.

Christopher Chant isn't the pleasantest kid to read about, if you're reading in an aware sort of way and you know some things about the world -- e.g. dragon blood -- but at the same time, you get sucked into what he's doing. And it's lovely when he starts to develop -- because he does develop -- and becomes more self-aware. Millie/the Goddess is a fun character, too, and I kind of identify with her obsession with school novels... as a kid, I ate 'em up. I'd still like to get hold of the Chalet School books, someday... But my favourite character, somehow, is Tacroy, who still manages to be a decent kind of guy, despite everything.

The only quibble is how neatly and quickly it all ties up at the end. It felt rather abrupt, and just... too neat. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Diana Wynne Jonesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, GerardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Newbold, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spee, GitteIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevens, TimIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was years before Christopher told anyone about his dreams. This was because he mostly lived in the nurseries at the top of the big London house, and the nursery maids who looked after him changed every few months.
He thought everyone had the same type of dreams he had, too. He did not think they were worth mentioning. The dreams always began the same way. Christopher got out of bed and walked around the corner of the night nursery wall-the part with the fireplace, which jutted out-onto a rocky path high on the side of a valley.
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Boy with many lives
discovers he's the fledgling
next Chrestomanci.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0006755186, Mass Market Paperback)

The childhood of Chrestomanci. Everything in this book happens at least twenty-five years before the story told in Charmed Life! Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next 'Chrestomanci' is not part of Christopher's plans for the future: he'd much rather play cricket and wander around his secret dream worlds. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, and that having more than the usual number of lives is pretty inconvenient -- especially when you lose them as easily as he does! Then an evil smuggler, known only as The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds and forces Christopher to take action!

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Young Christopher Chant, in training to become the next Chrestomanci or head controller of magic in the world, becomes a key figure in a battle with renegade sorcerers because he has nine lives.

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