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AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH It may be my absolute favorite Chrestomanci book ever. This was kind of darker than any other DWJ I ve read, which was interesting Although there are hints of aadult world lurking in her books for older readers such as Fire and Hemlock and Hexwood, this book comes closer to describing overt violence than any of her others that I ve read Unlike in her other books, where the villains are rather tame and any actual brutality takes place off screen, the real villain in this book is human nature and the consequences of its existence play out be This was kind of darker than any other DWJ I ve read, which was interesting Although there are hints of aadult world lurking in her books for older readers such as Fire and Hemlock and Hexwood, this book comes closer to describing overt violence than any of her others that I ve read Unlike in her other books, where the villains are rather tame and any actual brutality takes place off screen, the real villain in this book is human nature and the consequences of its existence play out before the reader s eyes A man is crippled and imprisoned for life behind a magical barrier because it is kinder than killing him The children of an entire village are infected with whooping cough and at least one child almost dies War is declared and blood is spilled, though no one dies.I wonder if DWJ meant to do this This book is just an add on to the Chrestomanci series, which are very much childrens books, told from a child s perspective They are less about magic than about the way adults and children constantly misunderstand each other There is that in this too, but there is also.And I loved it, but mostly for the reasons I love all DWJ books, which are irrational and largely inexplicable It suffers from the fantasy sequal blow out syndrome, but DWJ can get away with it where other authors can t The plot wrap up at the end is slightly too neat, but seriously, who gives Saddened by the passing of Diana Wynne Jones, I thought it appropriate to commemorate her by dipping into her vast bibliography of books She can be a charming writer, with interesting characters, gentle humor, pointed social commentary, and creative plotting and world building An unplanned stop at an unfamiliar library turned up The Pinhoe Egg, described as Book 6 in the Chrestomanci Chronicles As I had read two or three of the Crestomanci books in the past, I thought I could get by in the Saddened by the passing of Diana Wynne Jones, I thought it appropriate to commemorate her by dipping into her vast bibliography of books She can be a charming writer, with interesting characters, gentle humor, pointed social commentary, and creative plotting and world building An unplanned stop at an unfamiliar library turned up The Pinhoe Egg, described as Book 6 in the Chrestomanci Chronicles As I had read two or three of the Crestomanci books in the past, I thought I could get by in the world in my experience, her books arelike loosely related stories in the same world with some of the same characters, and not an epic novel in installments like Harry Potter It turned out to be a bit of a wander through the woods but had some nice stops along the way Super fast non spoiler summary teenage girl, Marianne, with a large, intrusive and witchy extended family Although she is supposed to be heir to the family position of power, she has little say in what she does, and is delegated to deal with a failing grandma Meanwhile, teenage boy enchanter, Cat, discovers his own growing powers as he meets a horse On their explorations he encounters the complicated witchy dynamics of the surrounding town.The good stuff DWJ has an interesting world idea, the concept of multiple variations of a basic format ex World A having 1 9 similar realities Love the idea, although she doesn t play with it at all here There is a lot of magic thrown about, and I enjoy her applications of magic in creatures and activity, and the fact that there are limitations to it and it can t solve everything I thought Marianne and Cat were characterized well when she takes the time, DWJ s characters shine Touches of humor were sprinkled throughout, from a contrary magical cat aren t they all to Crestomanci s variety of dressing gowns, to magical shenanigans The little girl in me squealed at view spoiler the appearance of the griffin I would have been right there with Cat, taking an egg home to hatch Griffins hide spoiler and the magical creatures made the story worthwhile Unfortunately, Pinhoe could have useddevelopment It generally suffers from an assumption that the reader is familiar with the world The Crestomanci world is never really very well explained in any book but the first, and even then the level of explanation is questionable While a telephone makes a singular appearance, people are forever being sent on errands to deliver messages, and a crucial plot point involves mistakenly knocking on one person s window in an attempt to reach the brother s As cars also exist, it seems to be about an early 1900s sort of time tech level, but it bugs my Virgo soul that no one calls each other if the tech is available.Unfortunately, uneven pacing almost hamstrung it from the start, where the first seventy five pages deal with moving Grandma Gammer out of her giant house and into the hands of someone who can care for her Now, as an adult, I can appreciate the drawn out problem of dealing with an aging but incompetent relative, but as this is a young adult book, it would likely be a section that lacked relevance to younger people and contained too much detail Had I been a teenager and in Marianne s place, I would have wandered away from the adults tout de suite and found my own thing to do, but instead there is far too much story focus on Uncle Edgar did this, and Aunt Dinah did that that detracts from Marianne s story and own conflict development.There were also rather disturbing actions by the adults, who not only behaved in typically ignorant adult ways ruining holidays, ignoring talented children, discounting their ideas, etc , but flagrantly homicidal ones view spoiler like deliberate leg breaking, imprisonment and attempting to unleash smallpox on a rival family hide spoiler Including those crimes into the repertoire of childish pranks was an odd decision on the author s part that seemed to either inflate the seriousness of their earlier crimes, or minimize the seriousness of ones the teens didn t know about It takes the story to a rather disturbing level that doesn t fit well into the whimsy of the rest of the book.Heavy handed application of A Message at the end hurt an otherwise nicely dovetailed wrap up Like Neil Gaiman, I do love me some DWJ, but this isn t one of the books I d recommend Try The Dark Lord of Derkholm for a better story, even stronger characterization and evenview spoiler griffins hide spoiler or The Year of the Griffin for a lovely little magical college storyline that s told with humor, wild creativity and left me wishing DWJ could write at least six.Three stars for beginning, three for the ending, four for a fun, fast paced middle, leading me to three and a half stars So it works like this I think the Chrestomanci books that are about Chrestomanci Charmed Life, The Nine Lives of Christopher Chant are better books, but I think that the books that just feature Chrestomanci are ofteninteresting Witch Week, Magicians of Caprona And I didn t care for This apparently is the last of the Chrestomanci series of which I have read a few of the earlier ones so I wasn t as lost as perhaps I might have been afterwards, at least knowing about Chrestomanci, the castle, Cat who is the nine lived enchanter understudy to be the next Chrestomanci, Millie, Chrestomanci s wife and an enchanter in her own right, and their children Roger and Julia, plus Janet the girl from our world who ended up stranded in Chrestomanci s world after Cat s nasty sister Gwendol This apparently is the last of the Chrestomanci series of which I have read a few of the earlier ones so I wasn t as lost as perhaps I might have been afterwards, at least knowing about Chrestomanci, the castle, Cat who is the nine lived enchanter understudy to be the next Chrestomanci, Millie, Chrestomanci s wife and an enchanter in her own right, and their children Roger and Julia, plus Janet the girl from our world who ended up stranded in Chrestomanci s world after Cat s nasty sister Gwendolen caused havoc in Charmed Life However there was still a cast of thousands as the beginning plonks us into the life of the villages around the castle where a few familes, the Pinhoes being one of the chief ones, have been hiding their magical abilities from the castle for centuries to avoid interference from Chrestomanci and his predecessors For the families are all witchy people who routinely misuse magic although it is not till towards the end when it is revealed precisely how bad that misuse has been.This is a story about adults behaving badly and victimising children in various ways Brother Joe, who has his own ideas about magic, and sister Marianne are both pushed about by their family it being the school holidays, they have already lined up a job for Joe at the castle as a boot boy but really because they want him to spy on the Big Man And Marianne ends up lumbered running general errands and helping out with her grandmother, Gammer Pinhoe the matriarch of the clan, who starts acting very peculiarly at the start of the story thanks to a spell from the rival Farleigh family Gammer s manipulative behaviour is the driving force behind the magical feud which breaks out between the families and ends up being the catalyst to reveal just what they have been up to for centuries.Along the way is the discovery of the egg which view spoiler hatches into a griffin hide spoiler setting off the breaking of the century long secrecy and fulfilment of a prophecy, plus the arrival of a spookily intelligent horse Syracuse who soon becomes Cat s mount despite his procurement being at the insistence of Julia and Janet The book is rather long and a bit uneven Partly a romp, partly a rather dark tale of imprisonment and torture, partly a rather drawn out account of the attempt to pacify Gammer, then of Marianne s realisation that no one will believe her about Gammer It starts off with with three chapters dealing with the havoc Gammer causes and how she is gradually settled into ther new accommodation during which it seemed dozens of uncles and aunts plus two grand uncles are introduced It was very difficult to keep these people differentiated and they had only sketchy characterisation at best On top of this, there are the several children, various animals and I wasn t a fan of the wandering cat and the extended Chrestomanci circle which includes another sorceror, Jason and his new wife Irene Plus other relations of Marianne and Joe cousins etc including one who is working at the castle as an ostler but really is there to spy on Chrestomanci and family And the various Farleigh characters too.The cast is huge and at the end most of them sit down for an extended infodump at the pub where all is revealed about the various badness that has gone on and the reasons for it, which involved some rather odd history baddies invaded centuries ago and the families mistaken mission arose as a direct result, as these baddies were anti magic anti nature I assumed the Christian church was referenced until it was said that the Romans had conquered the baddies if instead it was meant to be the Celts it doesn t make sense as they worshipped various nature deities So I was thrown by that Anyway, I liked the fact that things ended on a happier note, but given the various issues would rate this at 3 stars The newest Chrestomanci novel This is now one of my favorite Diana Wynne Jones books I love her so, so madly, she is just so creative and clever Which makes me sound like a prig, but seriously, her books are always totally original I always either ADORE her books, or find them just a little oddly flat and this one was just brilliant I loved all the children, especially Marianne, and her family was convincingly family like yet also sort of sinisterlike, she really captured the betrayal The newest Chrestomanci novel This is now one of my favorite Diana Wynne Jones books I love her so, so madly, she is just so creative and clever Which makes me sound like a prig, but seriously, her books are always totally original I always either ADORE her books, or find them just a little oddly flat and this one was just brilliant I loved all the children, especially Marianne, and her family was convincingly family like yet also sort of sinisterlike, she really captured the betrayal that children can get from adults who don t understand them or take them seriously, or who seem to be nice family members and then turn out to be massively fucked up.Also, Chrestomanci is so damn hot In this book, he wears at various times A dressing gown made of peacock feathers dark crimson velvet evening dress WITH A FRILLY APRON various other amazing amazing dressing gowns.DWJ s femmy heroes are the best If you haven t read any of the Chrestomanci books, though, don t start with this one start with the Nine Lives of Christopher Chant or Charmed Life, they are both brilliant Awwh man, this was definitely my favourite of the Chrestomanci series such a shame it was the last one It s another one set in the castle during Christopher Chant s reign as Chrestomanci, with Cat as his apprentice I do love me some Chrestomanci in his dressing gowns XD Initially I didnt really know where the Pinhoe Farleigh storyline was going, and I spent many a page wanting to stab Gammer and all the Pinhoes But all tied up wonderfully in the end, especially with the stories of the hidde Awwh man, this was definitely my favourite of the Chrestomanci series such a shame it was the last one It s another one set in the castle during Christopher Chant s reign as Chrestomanci, with Cat as his apprentice I do love me some Chrestomanci in his dressing gowns XD Initially I didnt really know where the Pinhoe Farleigh storyline was going, and I spent many a page wanting to stab Gammer and all the Pinhoes But all tied up wonderfully in the end, especially with the stories of the hidden creatures, and the Pinhoes slightly redeeming themselves though I still find myself wanting to stab Marianne s father This is by far the cutest book of the series, and everytime Klartch was mentioned my face literally went like this I think I loved this one the most because it dealt with magical creatures, and the story about Gaffer and the unicorn, and the sinister misdirection spells and barriers were genuinely mysterious, unlike Witch Week, which I hated with a passion Don t want to spoil it for any potential readers, but this book is positively ADORABLE and definitely redeems any faults with the other books in the series Diana Wynne Jones creates cute and fascinating mythology, and yet again manages to create utterly frustrating characters that make you want to throttle them XD The Pinhoe Egg, or, DWJ Learns to Write Endings.I don t mean that in a snarky way I speak with genuine delight Cat was totally adorable in this book, and I loved getting to hang with Chrestomanci again. {Download} ¿ The Pinhoe Egg ⚣ Cat Chant and Marianne Pinhoe have discovered something exciting something truly precious, very strange, and valuable An eggAn egg that has been hidden away in an attic for who knows how many years An egg protected by some strong Don t Notice spells An egg that Marianne gives to Cat, even though he lives at nearby Chrestomanci Castle Chrestomanci himself, the strongest enchanter in the world, is sure to be interested in the egg and interference from the Big Man is the last thing Marianne s family of secret rogue witches wantsBut how much longer can the Pinhoes keep their secrets Gammer, the leader of the clan, has gone mad, a powerful bad luck spell is wreaking havoc, and there s an unexplained plague of frogs Not to mention the mysterious barrier Cat finds in the forestMarianne and Cat may be the only two who can set things right But first Marianne must accept her own powerful magic, and Cat must uncover the secrets behind the mystical Pinhoe EggIn this new Chrestomanci book, Diana Wynne Jones is at her most magical The best part, as always, was Chrestomanci s dressing gowns