Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5) by Diana Wynne Jones

Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)

Someone at Stallery Mansion is changing the world. At first, only small details, but the changes get bigger and bigger. It's up to Conrad, a twelve-year-old with terrible karma who's just joined the mansion's staff, to find out who is behind it.But he's not the only one snooping around. His fellow servant-in-training, Christopher Chant, is charming, confident, and from another world, with a mission of his own -- rescuing his friend, lost in an al...

Details Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)

TitleConrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)
Release DateMay 9th, 2006
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Magic

Reviews Conrad's Fate (Chrestomanci, #5)

  • mark monday
    kids have to beware of a lot of things, sometimes their own families most of all. that seems to be an underlying theme to several of the books in Diana Wynne Jones' splendid series of standalone fantasy novels for children. families are dangerous. they will let you down, they will break your heart, they will take advantage of you if it furthers their greedy ambitions, they will neglect you if you don't fit into their schemes. such a harsh and hea...
  • beatricks
    The incredible thing about this book is that there appear to be at least two other novels worth of plot going on behind the scenes of what we see, and Diana Wynne Jones just doesn't give a fuck. She throws out plot points and tropes like they're on clearance and whether or not they receive any resolution or explanation is entirely left to capricious whim. There are not one but TWO secretly-evil manipulative uncles ("I get it, bro" - Christopher C...
  • Ana-Maria Negrilă
    Potrivită pentru cititorii între 9 și 12 ani, dar nu numai. Încă mă uimește imaginația autoarei și modul simplu, dar atât de viu, în care își construiește personajele. Între-o lume multidimensională, vrăjitorii pot călători dintr-un loc/spatiu în altul, iar ucenicii lor pot la fel de bine să încurce lucrurile nu numai într-o dimensiune, ci în mai multe. Avem personaje simpatice, un mister sau mai multe, o fată pierdută ...
  • Margaret
    Conrad's Fate is the fifth in Diana Wynne Jones's marvelous Chrestomanci series, about a powerful enchanter who controls the magic in a universe a few worlds over from our own. Conrad Tesdinic lives with his mother, his sister Anthea, and his uncle Alfred in Stallchester, in the English Alps. High in the mountains above Stallchester is Stallery Mansion, where someone is working magic, pulling the possibilities so that the details of life are cons...
  • Sandra
    Conrad's Fate is the story of Conrad Tesdinic, who is told by his uncle that he has bad karma, because he's neglected to kill someone he should've killed in a previous life. He is sent up to work at Stallery Mansion, where this person he has to kill supposedly lives. All he has is the promise that he will know who to kill when he meets this person, and a way to call a Walker who will provide him with what he needs to do the killing. But it's not ...
  • Alyssa Nelson
    Maybe I should just turn this blog into a Diana Wynne Jones fan blog with how much I’ve been reading her lately–her books are just so good and perfect! Conrad’s Fate continues the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series. I really like this series because each book has a different feel to it, since they all have different main characters and take place in different universes. In this book, Conrad’s uncle tells him that he has bad karma and a ter...
  • C.
    I had forgotten I'd read this before, so I read it again. This time I'm giving it four stars.___________________________This is one DWJ's worse, which is why I'm giving it three stars - really I'd like to give it four, at least. Like The Pinhoe Egg, this lacks the perfection of character and form of the 'real' four Chrestomanci books. It drags at the start and squashes the conclusion into the last chapter, and relies on an unrealistic omission by...
  • Pam Baddeley
    Although published later this volume could be read as following on from 'The Lives of Christopher Chant' as Chrestomanci, as a teenager, is a main character. However, the story is told in the first person by Conrad, who has been raised in a book shop in the alternative universe known as series 7. This is a world where magic works, and the town nestles below a mountain in the English Alps (there is no British Isles and the land forms part of conti...
  • connie
    3.5* not as fun as the previous two due to less magic presence also i wanted christopher's pov more i thinkending was a little rushed/epilogue was a bit cheap imo but it's nicemy hold for the hate u give came thru so idk if i should start the next one or read both concurrently or what hm
  • Lis Carey
    This is a new Chrestomanci novel, this time set in a Series Seven world where Christopher Chant has, for various good and sufficient reasons of his own, gone in defiance of his guardian and teacher, Gabriel de Witt.But this is really the story of Conrad Tesdinic, who has grown up in a bookstore with an inattentive mother who spends all her time writing; an uncle who generously allows his sister and her family to live with him after her husband so...
  • Mindy Conde
    I finished my third Chrestomanci book, Conrad's Fate, and while I still quite enjoyed it, I think the previous two I've read, Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant, were a bit better. This one was fun, we followed young Christopher Chant in his years before taking over the role of Chrestomanci; this time he was posing as a domestic in the grand estate of Stallchester in the dimension of Series 7 while searching for his enchantress frien...
  • Lari Don
    Possibly my favourite of the Chrestomanci novels, this is about a boy who is sent to work at the local castle by his uncle in order to kill someone, because it is his fate to do so. It’s a wonderful mix of magic and reality, like so many of Diana Wynne Jones’s books: the magic coming from the castle interferes with TV reception in the town below, and Conrad’s mum isn’t much help to anyone because she’s deep in writing a book (which alwa...
  • Sam at A Journey Through Pages
    Review from A Journey Through PagesAlthough for the other two volumes of Chrestomanci I reviewed the stories together, this time around there's a lot more to both stories and they have improved in quality so I'm splitting my post up to cover each one.First of all, I love Christopher aka Cat's Chrestomanci in this book. It shows how his personality developed from The Lives of Christopher Chant to the character of Chrestomanci in all the other book...
  • Kaethe Douglas
    Natasha asked me about what I was reading and I tried to explain. That it's alternate universes, some with magic, some with technology, some with both, and the magician in charge of keeping thins in line, and magicians with nine lives, and kinds in boarding schools, and feuding families in Italy, and...well, all of that isn't in this one, but the series is kind of all over the place, wherever an interesting story occurred to her. And there's no b...
  • Nikki
    Fun book, though the pacing is a little odd, I think. It suddenly gets frantic at the end, so many events cramped into the space that would've gone to describe less than a day earlier in the book. That didn't quite work for me -- sedate to breakneck in five seconds flat. But then, that happens a lot in Diana Wynne Jones' work, to a greater or lesser extent, for me.Besides, it's another one of those where the answers are right in front of the main...
  • Jessica
    Charming as always, Jones here gives us not only what I would call an "early Chrestomanci" story, when Christopher Chant is still a boy, but it's a murder mystery as well! Conrad lives in Series Seven, where he is taken very much for granted by his uncle and mother. Conrad doesn't realize this, however, nor does he realize the web of deceit that surrounds him when his uncle tells him that he needs to work off a debt from a past life . . . by kill...
  • Brenda Clough
    Not quite as good as MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA or LIVES OF CHRISTOPHER CHANT, but all Christopher is good. I could wish that the final resolution was clearer. I am still trying to sort out who is who. (If Amos is actually Conrad's uncle -- the brother of his father -- then who is Uncle Alfred? I kind of think Alfred is the brother of Conrad's -mother-, but then how can he pretend to the lordship of the castle after eliminating other family members? Wo...
  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    A most beguiling fantasy tale, set in a world (or worlds) just sideways of our own. I felt the resolution was a bit too neat, but the stakes along the way are very high and there's some excellent depictions of high weirdness, as well as the domestic hurly-burly of a large household and great characters.
  • An Odd1
    Elegant line drawings heading 20 chapters underscore humor. Sunnyside-up eggs and sliding slices of bacon decorate like shoe buckles below striped silk stockings p 160, when probabilities shift where Conrad 12 and his fellow page, incognito Christopher Chant 15, learn to cook an alternate breakfast menu choice at Stallery manor. Most transformations are minor or ignored, "half Stallchester thinks postboxes were always blue" not red p 19. Like Jon...
  • Rasha | رشا
    الكريستومانسي العظيم كريستفور تشانت، ديانا عملت الواجب معانا وماقصرت، في ذا ليفز او كريستوفر تشانت تعرفك عليه كطفل صغير مدلل ومغرور بموهبه عظيمة، ثم في كونارد فيت تقابل كريستفور مره ثانية كمراهق بعد سنين من العيش في قصر الكريستومانسي أكثر غرور و...
  • Juushika
    A boy with bad karma searches for the source of it at a magical estate, and stumbles into the company of a young Christopher Chant. This is the first in Chrestomanci book (and, IIRC, the first DWJ book I've read) to be in first person; I don't actively dislike the switch, but nor does it add any particularly distinct narrative voice. The upstairs/downstairs estate setting is lively, and DWJ as always nails the lived details and critical humor whi...
  • Mylove4book
    Conrad在叔叔經營的書店中長大, 他在12歲的時候被告知了一件驚愕的事情-自己的身上不僅背負著前世的孽障, 還在短期內就會死亡! 唯一的解決方法是殺死那位前世的仇人, 而對方則是隱身在一棟高級住宅中的某人. 手足無措的Conrad在叔叔的安排下到高級住宅應徵僕人, 卻遇上另一位奇怪的男孩Christopher也來爭奪同個職位...=====================Chresto...
  • Steph
    Diana Wynne Jones has never written a bad book in her life. Conrad's Fate has some of the most interesting magic in it that I've ever read, but it's almost hard to notice under the charming prose and enchanting characters.
  • Mohammad Sabbir Shaikh
    This wasn't as brilliant as the other four novels, but still very interesting. I enjoyed it.
  • Karly Noelle Noelle
    In the Related Worlds, there is infinite possibility. Someone at Stallery mansion in Conrad's world has figured out how to pull the possibilities for personal gain. It causes the televisions to act weird and the mailboxes to change color. Also it's given Conrad's a black fate he can't escape unless he finds who is responsible and kills them. The best method is to become a servant at Stallery. The catch is that Christopher Chant needs the job too....
  • Samantha
    I've been revising Diana Wynn Jones's (rest in peace!) Chrestomanci series for comfort reading, and it's been just the ticket—nostalgic, exciting, sardonic, and fun. I read all of these books several times a teenager, and they definitely withstand growing up (despite being YA novels originally, like much of Jones' work).The plot of the novel is rather Upstairs/Downstairs: Conrad Tesdinic, a resident of a mountainous European world, is compelled...
  • Scurra
    I am a fan of first-person narrative stories, but they are very tricky to get right, especially in the sort of intricate plot structures which DWJ enjoys. The problem is always that we cannot see anything that does not happen to or with the protagonist, unless the author cheats and info-dumps on us. Here (as with much of her work) we are presumed to be smart enough to keep up and although the resolution is as rushed and messy as always, there is ...
  • Josie
    I was so looking forward to reading this book (teenage Christopher!!!) but the first person completely threw me. I got used to it by the end of the book, but to begin with I kept trying to translate it to third person in my head (all the while wondering WHY, DWJ, WHY FIRST PERSON). The pacing was slow to begin with, and then everything seemed to happen at breakneck speed in the last few chapters. And I was cross with Anthea when she swans in near...