His father and uncles are enchanters, his mother a powerful sorceress, yet nothing seems magical about Christopher Chant except his dreams. Night after night, he climbs through the formless Place Between and visits marvelous lands he calls the Almost Anywheres. Then Christopher discovers that he can bring real, solid things back from his dreams. Others begin to recognize the extent of his powers, and they issue an order that turns Christopher's life upside down: Go to Chrestomanci Castle to train to be the controller of all the world's magic.
The Lives of Christopher Chant is the adventure-filled story of the boyhood of Chretomanci, the famous magician who also appears in Charmed Life, Witch Week, and The Magicians of Caprona.
Young Christopher Chant has very unusual dreams: he gets out of bed, walks to the corner of the nursery and enters a lush, green valley that can lead him to any one of the hundreds of worlds that comprise what he calls the ``Almost Anywheres.'' Christopher doesn't tell anyone about his dreams because he thinks everyone has them. When his father loses all of his money, Christopher and his mother must go live with Uncle Ralph; he is ecstatic to learn that Christopher can bring solid objects back from the worlds he visits, and so uses him to perform some experiments. Then Christopher's father forces him to go live at Chrestomanci Castle, where Christopher is told he must become the next governing magician. Jones has written a mesmerizing account of the boyhood adventure of the famous magician who starred in Charmed Life. Her ability to mesh magic and realism results in an enthralling story about a boy just discovering his powers. Ages 12-up.
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This is one of my favorites by Jones, especially within the Chrestomanci series. The characters are lovable and well-developed and the story is magical as always. This book was even better after reading "Charmed Life", since it gives the complete back story to most of the characters mentioned in the first and subsequent Chrestomanci books.
Magic with wit
If Harry Potter left you sad and depressed, here's the bright side of magic! Dianna Wynne Jones had a very sad childhood, but she worked though it and became a very happy adult. I guess it show in her novels. Her heroes are usually young teens facing a arsh fate and reaching hapiness by their own will and actions.
She remembers perfectly how it is to be a child, and what responsibilities adults are supposed to fulfill. She has the wildest imagination and creates worlds so real I wish I could visit some.I would totally put her work in every hands, from early teens to adults.
Had this book when it came out. Love the store, and it's a series too. Can't wait to get all to them.