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Charmed life
Diana Wynne Jones
Children's Fiction JONES

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For Diana Wynne Jones FansFor those just embarking on their first Diana Wynne Jones odyssey as well as for repeat visitors, here's good news all around: the Chrestomanci Books and the Dalemark Quartet sport new artwork on both hardcover and paperback editions. The Chrestomanci Books--with cover art visually linking them with Mixed Magics (reviewed above)--begin with Charmed Life, which introduces Gwendolen Chant, a witch destined for Great Things, and her brother, Cat, both of whom are summoned to Chrestomanci Castle, a fortress filled with necromancers. The Lives of Christopher Chant provides back story, detailing the magician Chrestomanci's boyhood. The Magicians of Caprona continues the cycle with the Montana brothers, Tonino and Paolo; and in Witch Week, an anonymous note reveals a witch in the midst of classroom 6B, and Chrestomanci is called upon to save her. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Cat Chant
Gwen's brother; both his parents died in a steamboat accident; adopted by a mysterious sorcerer; has difficulties with magic; unaware that he had nine lives.

Gwendolen Chant
Cat's sister; both her parents died in a steamboat accident; controls her brother; adopted by a mysterious sorcerer; believes she has magical talents, which in actuality, she borrows from her brother; hates living with the sorcerer; feels she doesn't get the respect she deserves; enjoys playing nasty magical practical jokes; leaves for a parallel world after the Chrestomanci forbids her to practice anymore magic.

Christopher Chant
Known as a Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives; only has two lives left; works for the government keeping magic in check; has two children; adopted Cat and Gwen after the deaths of their parents.

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