A splendid, new, magical adventure from Diana Wynne Jones, set in the worlds of Chrestomanci! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well,... show more
A splendid, new, magical adventure from Diana Wynne Jones, set in the worlds of Chrestomanci! Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances - well, to be brutally honest, he is DOOMED. Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. He has to put an end to them, or he wont last the year. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher! This is trademark DWJ - packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.
Publish date: 2005
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages no: 393
Edition language: English
Series: Chrestomanci (#5)
Natasha asked me about what I was reading and I tried to explain. That it's alternate universes, some with magic, some with technology, some with both, and the magician in charge of keeping thins in line, and magicians with nine lives, and kinds in boarding schools, and feuding families in Italy, an...
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 Pott...
After listening to Fallen, some DWJ was just the ticket. Conrad's story is on of neglectful family and being a twelve year old ready for adventure despite the dire fate that his uncle warns him of. A young Christopher Chant features prominently, so I got a nice little Chrestomanci fix while I was...
3 12 stars. I quite enjoyed this one. I recommend this far more than "Volume II of the Chrestomanci series."
This is the fifth installment in the fabulous Chrestomanci series which features the twelve related worlds. Conrad Tesdinic is from world 7B and lives in the quaint town of Stallchester located in the English Alps which lies (literally and figuratively) in the shadow of mysterious Stallery mansion. ...