the griffin and his enchanter!
Klartch was suggested/requested by minutia-r, and I had to add Cat.
(pictures might not as be clear as i’d like- they’re shading each other’s eyes from the sun in each one)
Chrestomanci series Book 5 : The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Japanese book cover
Illustration by Miho Satake
Diana Wynne Jones’ final exploration in the world of Chrestomanci returns to where it began, with Cat, the boy who will become the next Chrestomanci, figuring out who he is.
But he’s not the only one. Not far from Chrestomanci castle is a slew of Pinhoes who try to hide their magic from the…
A worthy recommendation by an admiring librarian.
“My enduring ambition is to live in Chrestomanci Castle (they do have a librarian; it says so in the book!).”
NOTE: These are the UK editions.
The Chrestomanci series, by Diana Wynne Jones
Chrestomanci is the title of a powerful enchanter with the responsibility of regulating magic usage in a set of parallel universes. The Chrestomancis are unique in that they have nine lives; this is because, while most people in the world of Chrestomanci have spiritual doubles among eight other worlds, a potential Chrestomanci has no doubles. It is a government job, and each Chrestomanci is responsible for locating and training his or her successor.
Merely calling out “Chrestomanci” will cause the current Chrestomanci to appear, whether he wants to or not, anywhere on his own world. It is implied in Witch Week that saying his name three times will summon him on any world. Once called, a Chrestomanci will attempt to solve any urgent magical dilemma, either out of obligation or natural inclination. (wikipedia)
- Charmed Life
Reading order (raccommended by DWJ herself)
- The Lives of Christopher Chant
- Conrad’s Fate
- Witch Week
- The Magicians of Caprona
- The Pinhoe Egg
- Mixed Magics
Gina Ruiz, Shannon Muir, and Fred Patton of AmoXcalli turn their thoughts to Diana’s work — with a special focus on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland.
“As a writer as well as a reader, having this book be my initial exposure to her writing allowed me to fully appreciate her overall contributions to the field of fantasy.”
Ever wonder about the cover process? Under the Green Willow shows you the Chronicles of Chrestomanci backstory — just click on through.