The Lives of Christopher Chant (The Chronicles of by Diana Wynne Jones

By Diana Wynne Jones

During this a number of parallel universes of the Twelve similar Worlds, simply an enchanter with 9 lives is strong adequate to regulate the rampant misuse of magic--and to carry the name Chrestomanci...

The Chants are a family members robust in magic, yet neither Christopher Chant nor Cat Chant can paintings even the easiest of spells. Who can have dreamed that either Christopher and Cat have been born with 9 lives--or that they can lose them so quickly?

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It was such an engaging smile that Christopher’s face broke into a return smile almost of its own accord. “Hallo old chap,” said Uncle Ralph, rolling out blue smoke above Mama’s glossy hair. “I know this is not the best way for an uncle to recommend himself to a nephew, but I’ve been sorting the family affairs out, and I’m afraid I’ve had to do one or two quite shocking things, like bringing you a new Governess and arranging for you to start school in the autumn. Governess over there. Miss Bell.

But to Christopher’s despair, she dragged him to Mama’s dressing room and knocked on the door. Mama turned from her mirror in surprise. She looked at Christopher, red faced and gulping and wet with tears. She looked at the Last Governess. “Whatever is going on? ” “No, Madam,” the Last Governess said in her dullest way. ” said Mama. “You mean I’m to write to Ralph? ” “Urgent, Madam, I think,” the Last Governess said drearily. “Christopher says that he is willing to confess to his uncle. ” Mama yawned.

She said. “I’d just got Lady Badgett to the point of calling on me, and she’ll never come again. ” It was very hard work, Christopher realized, being a Beauty. Mama was very busy in front of her mirror with all sorts of little cut glass bottles and jars. Behind her, a maid was even busier, far busier than the nursery maids ever were, working on Mama’s glossy curls. Christopher was so ashamed to have wasted all this work that he picked up a glass jar to hide his confusion. Mama told him sharply to put it down.

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