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Charmed Life Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Part of the series featuring debonair enchanter Chrestomanci, this comic fantasy follows two orphans, one of whom is a witch, when they are summoned to live in a castle full of necromancers. Ages 10-up.
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"An outstandingly inventive and entertaining novel. Altogether a delightful book." -- -- Times Literary Supplement
"The concept is ingenious." -- -- The Horn Book
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Eric "Cat" Chant believes himself to be useless in the field of magic, unlike his brilliantly gifted older sister. When the children are orphaned, they are taken in by the mysterious figure of Chrestomanci, and taken to live in his strange castle, where odd dangers seem to lurk around every corner, and Cat finds it increasingly more difficult to understand what's happening, especially when his sister disappears and is replaced by an exact duplicate!
Is the strange, lofty figure of Chrestomanci friend, or foe?
If you like the Harry Potter series, the Narnia series, or Lloyd Alexander, I think you'll like this series.
Rivalries between the children and their new found cousins, and a tendency to play magical pranks, keep the story interesting. To say more would reveal the secrets, but power is not always where you think it is, and some people don't know their own talents. In spite of evil intentions of the villains, or maybe because of them, some people end up better off then when they started.
Overall, this is a good novel for pre-teen to teenage readers, but adults may also enjoy the story. I thought it was very good. It is an earlier novel by the author, introducing characters in later novels, and should probably be read before many of the other novels.