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Charmed Life

By: Diana Wynne Jones

Cat and Gwendolyn are taken in by a witch when their parents die. It is very quickly discovered that Gwen is a girl with a lot of natural talent. Into their lives comes Chrestomanci who takes them to live at his castle, which is exactly what Gwen wanted. Only that’s when is all starts to go horribly wrong.

‘No witchcraft of any kind is to be practiced by children without supervision. Is that understood.’

Gwen is furious with Chrestomanci’s declaration and determined to get the better of the great enchanter. Her brother Cat has always been at her mercy and with no magical gift of his own he is powerless to stop her even when her  actions are so terrible. Gwen isn’t as great as she thinks she is, Cat isn’t as helpless as he believes and the evil schemers really don’t understand all they are dealing with.

A wonderful fantastical story. Chrestomanci is the perfect foil for Gwen’s arrogance. You feel sorry for Cat who is treated so badly by the sister he loves. Gwen is the sort of character you love to hate. This is a story where the characters continue to develop right up to the very end and leave you knowing there is so much more to them. Diana Wynne Jones has created a world that leaves you wanting to return to it.


Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Published: 02 April 2007

Format: Paperback 288 pages

Categories: Fantasy

ISBN 13: 9780007255290

Purchase: here


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