The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Volume 2: The Magicians of Caprona / Witch Week

by Diana Wynne Jones

Paperback, 2007





Greenwillow Books (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages


Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds.


Original publication date

1980 (The Magicians Of Caprona)
1982 (Witch Week)

Physical description

560 p.; 3.25 x 1 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member AngelaB86
I'm looking forward to reading more of Diane Wynn Jones after reading her two Chronicles of Chrestomanci volumes. Again, I liked the second story more than the first. I love her ideas about parallel worlds and how they came into existence, which is another reason why I loved "the Lives of
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Christopher Chant" and "Witch Week" more than the other two stories.
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LibraryThing member lweddle
Once again, I quite enjoyed the second of these two stories more than the first. Although The Magicians of Caprona was good, the story Witch Week was much better. I've seen Witch Week as a single book and I think it would make for a fun read just before Halloween. It is set in a world that still
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burns witches and involves school children who are shocked to discover that one of their classmates just might be a witch!
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LibraryThing member shimra
Not as good as the first two Chrestomanci books. Witch week doesn't quite live up to its premise, and Caprona felt a bit by the book. Like Witch Week a little more than Caprona.
LibraryThing member Fledgist
In two very different worlds, one in which Italy is still divided into city states, and another, which split off ours when Guy Fawkes managed to blow up Parliament, the Chrestomanci has to intervene to solve problems. In the first novel (which riffs brilliantly off Romeo and Juliet at a couple of
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levels, with some nice visual wordplay on a famous race-car driver) it's about conflict in the Tuscan state of Caprona, and how that is solved. In the second, a crisis at a boarding school in a late twentieth century England where witches are still being burned. This story has some rather interesting echoes of the Holocaust as well as every boarding school novel I've ever read.
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LibraryThing member ChrisRiesbeck
"The Magicians of Caprona": third in the Chestomanci series, like the first, focuses on other main characters, with Chrestomanci mostly a walk-on deus ex machina. The multi-universe aspect of the series is used just to set up an alternate Italy where city states continue to war with each other, in
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this case, the underdog is the small city state of Caprona. The context is a Romeo and Juliet families at war situation, but the driving plot is the gradual loss of magic, due to an unknown magician working in league with the enemy city states. The primary protagonists are several young members of the Montana family, forced by circumstance to work with members of the hated Petrocchi family. The warring families aspect of the story is annoying because it's so obvious where things will go. Fortunately other threads in the story line keep things moving in enough of an unpredictable way to make for a fun story.

Recommended as an entertaining colorful story.
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LibraryThing member yonitdm
it took a little bit to get into these worlds, especially the second story, but once I did I couldn't put them down!




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