The Lives of Christopher Chant, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, exploring the childhood of Chrestmanci - now a book with extra bits! 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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, (chapter heads line)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007278206

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If the Chrestomanci series was a teensy little bit blah up to now, this book turns it around. It is like Charmed Life in that it is the story of a boy discovering he has nine lives and is a powerful enchanter, heir to the Chrestomanci title - but it has much more depth and interest right from the start, and a striking cast of characters. My favourite is Throgmorton.(If I wanted someone to like Diana Wynne Jones, I would have them start with this book and catch up with the earlier ones afterwards!)

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I liked this one a lot more than I expected to! I'd only read two other of Jones' books before tackling this one, so I wasn't sure how this one would go... but I couldn't put it down.I haven't read any other books in the Chrestomanci series, so I can't say how it compares to those, but I found the characters of Christopher, the Goddess, and the cat both interesting and compelling -- I liked the banter between Christopher and the Goddess, and it was refreshing to see both of them assert such fierce independence, rather than having one of the characters lean on the other.The concept of the "Anywheres" and how they worked was also very interesting, but I did find myself wishing for more information on the worlds and the significance of each of them. I assume this is something addressed throughout the rest of the series -- which I do plan to read. As I'd rather not give a synopsis, if you'd like to read more about the book, please visit the Amazon page. Otherwise, know that it's a well-crafted, humorous, and fun novel with strong characters and an intriguing setup of various 'worlds' that the characters visit. Naturally, trouble comes from visiting these places, and that's where the fun really begins.Even if you don't want to start a new series, you can at least read this one as it stands on its own -- and it's worth the time spent!

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