The Chronicles of Chrestomanci. This was my second read of the book and it was everything I remembered it to be. I wasn't disappointed at all.
I won't rewrite the plot of this one since I've reviewed these books before. This was certainly a different experience than my first read of this story. The last time I read it, it was only my third Diana Wynne Jones book. Everything was fresh and unexpected. This time it was maybe my 20th book (including a Howl re-read) and so her style was much more comforting and apparent. I honestly can't say which read was better!
This was also a strange re-read for me because I totally remembered what was going to happen. Usually I have plot amnesia when it comes to re-reads. But almost from the moment I started this one, I remembered a large portion of it. I think it's a testament to the vivid quality of Diana Wynne Jones' writing. This is why I find myself regularly picking up these children's and young adult fantasy books. They're just fantastic at any age.
And so I hope that you've enjoyed Diana Wynne Jones Week. I definitely have! Thanks again to Jenny for creating and hosting the event. I hope that we do it again and that we have more new books to look forward to. I've found some new favorites and am going to keep re-reading my old ones. In fact, it probably won't be long before I pick up this Chrestomanci volume again to read The Lives of Christopher Chant.
Returning to the real world for a bit but not leaving this one behind,
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