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The Lives of Christopher Chant is a novel in the Chrestomanci series, first published in 1988. It is chronologically the first in the series.

Should not be read before Charmed Life, as it contains spoilers.

see also: The Lives of Christopher Chant (spoilers)


Discovering that he has nine lives and is destined to be the next Chrestomanci is not part of Christopher's plans for the future: he'd much rather play cricket and wander around his secret dream worlds. But he soon finds that destiny is difficult to avoid, and that having more than the usual number of lives is pretty inconvenient -- especially when you lose them as easily as he does! Then an evil smuggler, known only as The Wraith, threatens the ways of the worlds and forces Christopher to take action...


Christopher, Miss Bell, Miranda Chant, Cosimo Chant, Uncle Ralph, Gabriel de Witt, Tacroy, the Living Asheth, Throgmorten, Mordecai Roberts, Miss Rosalie, Dr Pawson, old Mrs Pawson, Charles Chant, Conrad Chant, Alice Chant, Caroline Chant, Francis Chant, Asheth, The Wraith, The Dright, Jason Yeldham, Oneir, Fenning, Mother Proudfoot, Frederick Parkinson, Flavian Temple, Dr Simonson, Mr Wilkinson, the secretarial sorceresses Beryl and Yolande, the maids Erica, Bertha, and Sally, the head gardener Mr McLintock?, Bethi, Proudfoot.



LR 4/10 Not one of my favourites, lacking in humour and a strong story.

eoj 9/10 Clearly LR and I have entirely different tastes, as I love this book. I particularly like Christopher's dreams, and his adventures in general.

Fenric 8/10 I find this a very good story, with humour and other-worldly exploits. The references to Charmed Life and the other Chrestomanci novels are well done as well.

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