Title- Charmed Life (Chrestomanci #1)
Author- Diana Wynne Jones.
Publish date- 1997
Publisher- Harper Collins.
A romping fairytale of magic and very badly behaved guests at a castle, with a little dragon who is marvellous, a resplendent man always dressed very finly, a box of matches and a protagonist nicknamed Cat who is really called Eric.
There's something about Dianna Wynne Jones's writing that I just get. Each time. This is only the 4th book of hers I've read (the others have experienced numerous re-reads), but a feeling carries across the lot of them. A magic. I was delighted, because though I knew Howl and Sophie and Cal weren't a part of this story, I felt like they could show up, my old friends, at any moment and it would be perfectly natural. I felt like I was reading another of their stories, and even if they neglected to show it was still a completely wonderful experience, and one I hadn't realised was out there.
Cat is a really neat character (though I agreed with Chrestomanic on the fact he's a bit weak- I did wish he'd stand up to Gwendolen, who was levels more awful than I'd ever anticipated, but it worked so well for the conclusion, his weakness); he may have lacked backbone or common sense, but I still really loved Cat, and Chrestomanci castle was the perfect setting for the story. Magical, with places to explore, creatures to meet, like the little dragon that was almost the equivalent of Cal from HMC. And Chrestomanci- well, he was simply splendid. Very resplendent and similar to Howl, which I adored, learning how he worked was really interesting and enjoyable.
Rating: Excellent fireworks.
I can't wait for the next book! And I believe there are a total of 8! *Cries of joy*