Thursday, June 05, 2008

Charmed Life (book review)

Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones, was the first book in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series. The book centers around two orphans, Cat and his older sister Gwendolen. Gwendolen is the most promising witch on all of Coven Street, and Cat clings to her. But then, the children are summoned to live in the castle of the enchanter Chrestomanci. Gwendolen is at first excited, but when she realizes that Chrestomanci will not, and never will, acknowledge her magical talents, she thinks up a scheme that will spin the castle out of control!

I enejoyed this book, although not as much as Dogsbody. I really do want the next book in the series, though. I liked Cat because he was modest and shy, while Gwendolen was rash and pig-headed.


Nymeth said...

I prefer Dogsbody too. It really surprises me that the Chrestomanci series is Diana Wynne Jones' most well-known work. I do like it, but I like her other books much more!

Debi said...


It is? I didn't know that!