The Pinhoe Egg, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Glorious new rejacket of a Diana Wynne Jones favourite, featuring Chrestomanci - now a book with extra bits!Spells always have consequences and it's Chrestomanci's job to make sure everything is safely under control.

Even so, in the village around Chrestomanci Castle, all sorts of secret magical misuse is going on. And when Cat Chant finds the Pinhoe egg, chaos is just the beginning!A masterpiece of magic, mayhem and mirth!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780007228553

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I felt getting in one more Jones book for the year was a good call, and so here we are. And a Chrestomanci one, no less! This book has got some of the same characters as the earlier Chrestomanci books, with Millie, Chrestomanci, Janet, and Cat, among others, making another bow. They're definitely welcome, although I don't remember Charmed Life quite so well these days, and so I probably did miss this stuff.Like most DWJ sequels, though, the focus isn't really on the people from the earlier books, although Cat is featured fairly prominently. Here, the spotlight is really on Marianne Pinhoe, a young woman with more talent than she realizes, and her clan of magic users, who are quite the cast of characters. The story has two axes, with the Pinhoe side looking at the rivalry between the Pinhoes and another magical group, the Farleighs, and the other side with Cat working on why the countryside around the castle seems off, somehow.The story is rich, with lots of different parts interwoven and characters bouncing around into unexpected places, and the writing style is the usual one DWJ has, with sprightful lines and colorful descriptions that get the action across in a novel way. I don't think this is my favorite of her books, but it's on par with the better Chrestomanci novels, and that's certainly saying something.

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