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Part of the Chrestomanci series.

There are spoilers for this book.


Everybody says that Gwendolen Chant is a gifted witch with astonishing powers, so it suits her enormously when she is taken to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Her brother Eric (better known as Cat) is not so keen, for he has no talent for magic at all. However, life with the great enchanter is not what either of them expects and sparks begin to fly! Winner of the Guardian Award.


Gwendolen Chant, Cat Chant, Chrestomanci, Millie Chant, Janet Chant, Julia Chant, Roger Chant, Fiddle, Mrs Sharp, Miss Larkins, Mr Larkins, Mr Henry Nostrum and Mr William Nostrum, Mr Baslam, Euphemia, Mary, Will Suggins, Michael Saunders, Bernard, Miss Bessemer, Frazier, the Willing Warlock.


Set in a parallel world in England.


LR 5/10 Despite being award winning, I didn't enjoy this book as much as many of her others. Gwendolyn's fiery temper keeps this book going, and whilst pleasant it's not one that would have a special place in my collection.

eoj 8/10 Gwendolen's pranks are consistently amusing and I really like the character of Cat.

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