Book Review: The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones

#36 – “The Magicians of Caprona” by Diana Wynne Jones

The Magicians of Caprona by DWJ

Genre: Fantasy/Children’s

Page Numbers: 273 pages

Dates Read: 9/9/13-9/13/13

Plot in three lines or less: An evil enchanter is wreaking havoc across Caprona, and that isn’t the only trouble. They won’t be able to sort things out until the Montanas & Petrocchi’s make peace with one another, but who would want to do that? It’s up to young Tnoio, Angelica, Paolo and Renata, with a little help from Chrestomanci himself, to try and stop the enchanter from destroying Caprona completely.

New read or re-read? This was a new read for me.

Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes.

Was it easy to read? Yes, it was very easy to read.

Favorite Character(s): I loved Benvenuto the cat, who was very smart and very sassy, as almost all cats are. I wish I had the ability to converse with cats. It would make my day-to-day life so much more exciting and amusing. Of the children, Tonino was my favorite because it seemed like it would be impossible for him to learn any magic. But he becomes someone very important by the end.

Favorite Line: “…a thing need not be done in the same old way in order to work.” A timely reminder that things don’t always work out the way you want or expect them to, but they generally work out.

Can you relate to anything within the story? I loved how much Tonino loved reading. (SPOILER ALERT) When he received the book and was trying his utmost to get to read it and then was thwarted at every turn had me highly amused, for when I get as involved with my books, I can get exactly like him, so mad I could spit. Granted, reading that book led to his being “kidnapped” and the fighting between the families, and that’s never happened to me. Yet.

Is there anything else you would like to add? This book is part of a series, but I didn’t group them together because they don’t necessarily need to be read in any particular order. This one is part of the Chrestomanci world, Chrestomanci being an enchanter with nine lives whose job it is to monitor the use of magic in all the multiple parallel universes of the Twelve Related World. Of the books I’ve read for the series, this is by far my favorite. This book was borrowed from one of my best friends, and I wanted to read it to make sure it was returned in as timely a fashion as I could possibly get it. It set me off on a Diana Wynne Jones kick, which was so totally NOT what I had planned for my reading habits.

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