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The Magicians of Caprona (Chrestomanci Books) (original 1980; edition 2001)

by Diana Wynne Jones (Author)

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Title:The Magicians of Caprona (Chrestomanci Books)
Authors:Diana Wynne Jones (Author)
Info:Greenwillow Books (2001), 288 pages
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Tags:2018, Crestomanci, Italy, family

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The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones (1980)

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    Stealer of Souls [short story] by Diana Wynne Jones (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: The youngster Tonino appears in both these tales.
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    Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Inky_Fingers)
    Inky_Fingers: Both magical fantasies in which children are turned into puppets.
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Diana Wynne Jones has a very distinct style, fun and magical and complex, so much so that at times it's a little confusing. And I like it a lot. This book was entertaining and enjoyable, just as I had come to expect from a book by her. It's just that the ending seemed a bit - not abrupt - but as if something more is supposed to happen; I'm not sure if I get this feeling because it's a part of a series. Even though the books might just as well be standalones. Anyhow, I can't wait to conrinue the series, and find out if there is really an overarching factor that connects between the lot of them... ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
Two magical households, both alike in dignity / In fair Caprona, where we lay our scene... A pair of star-cross'd lovers, join their charms, With young siblings brave, to repel the harm, Of vile Enchantress, who sought to bring strife. But families united, sung the Angel back to life.

(sorry for the poorly versed review, that reads like a bad spell. couldn't help myself) ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
A less complex Chrestomanci book. It seems like "The Pinhoe Egg" synthesisizes themes from the previous book. This book's theme is the pointless quarrel that just goes on and on under its own momentum because of some unknown thing that happens in the past and that causes plenty of harm in the present. Jones shoves a good satire of war into the mix. Jones doesn't think "Punch and Judy" is terribly funny; I'm sure she is correct. ( )
  themulhern | Jun 23, 2017 |
A retelling (with a few good twists, and a much more light-hearted attitude) of Romeo and Juliet.... the feuding families are Italy's most renowned magical clans, and even the fact that their city is under immediate threat of attack doesn't seem to be enough to cause them to join together... the only hope may rest in the families' children - and their very special cats. (A definite must for cat lovers!!!) ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
It was really predictable, but it was still quaint. ( )
  LopiCake | Mar 25, 2015 |
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Newbold, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slater, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This adventure takes place in the Italian Dukedom of Caprona, where spells are as slippery and as tricksy as spaghetti! Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in the Dukedom of Caprona, watched over by its magnificent guardian statue, the Angel. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. Then young Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi also disappear. Could the terrible rumours of a White Devil who threatens the Angel of Caprona be true after all?

Deutsch: Caprona ist in Gefahr. Ein böser Zauberer will die Stadt vernichten. Eigentlich müssten die beiden größten Zaubererfamilien, die seit Jahrhunderten miteinander verfeindet sind, ihre gemeinsame Zauberkraft darauf verwenden, die Stadt zu retten. Aber da werden Angelica Petrocchi und Tonino Montana entführt. Jede Familie glaubt nun von der anderen, sie habe ihr Kind, und sie verschwenden ihre Kräfte darauf, sich gegenseitig zu bekämpfen.
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Two families, both
alike in magic, fight till
forced to face real foe.
(ed.pendragon)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 000675516X, Mass Market Paperback)

In the worlds of Chrestomanci, anything can happen. This adventure takes place in the Italian Dukedom of Caprona, where spells are as slippery and as tricksy as spaghetti! Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi look after the magical business in the Dukedom of Caprona, watched over by its magnificent guardian statue, the Angel. The families have been feuding for years, so when all the spells start going wrong, each naturally blames the other. Then young Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi disappear. Could the terrible rumours of a White Devil who threatens Caprona be true after all?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:46 -0400)

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After two centuries of feuding the powers of the two families of magicians in mythical Caprona are too weak to stop an incipient war, but the younger members of the families find a way.

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