Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Series: Chrestomanci Series
Release Date: 1980
Book Summary: Tonino is the only person in the famous Montana Household who wasn’t born with an instinct for creating spells, but he has other gifts. His ability to communicate with cats just might help defend the city of Caprona against a mysterious enchanter — but only if Tonino can learn to cooperate with a girl from the hated Pettrochi family of spell makers.
I reviewed the first volume in the Chrestomanci Series back in January, and really fell in love with Diana’s style of writing. She writes in a way that is just completely different from everything I’ve ever read. So I of course had to carve out some time for the next book in the series.
This one was a little harder to get into at first because I kept trying to fit it into the storyline of the first volume, but it doesn’t… at all. What I did enjoy was that the storyline is very similar to Romeo and Juliet, just with magicians and while there is a love story, it’s more of the side line, while Tonino’s journey to save Caprona takes front and center. This is one of those books I was able to sit down and read within a couple of days, because while reading nothing else seemed quite as important as what happened next.
Rating: 5 stars. I loved it!
Source: Sisters collection
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