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Diana Wynne Jones
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20 Aug 2007 The Chrestomanci Series (Book 6)

A splendid, new, magical adventure from Diana Wynne Jones, set in the worlds of Chrestomanci! Now available on CD.

Conrad is young, good at heart, and yet is apparently suffering from the effects of such bad karma that there is nothing in his future but terrible things. Unless he can alter his circumstances – well, to be brutally honest, he is DOOMED.

Conrad is sent in disguise to Stallery Mansion, to infiltrate the magical fortress that has power over the whole town of Stallchester, and to discover the identity of the person who is affecting his Fate so badly. He has to put an end to them, or he wont last the year. But can any plan really be that simple and straightforward? Of course it can't! And things start to go very strangely for Conrad from the moment he meets the boy called Christopher…

This is trademark DWJ – packed with laugh-aloud humour, insane logic, spot-on observations, organised chaos, and all wrapped up in a rattling good adventure which oozes magic from every seam. Literally.


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (20 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007213379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007213375
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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Apart from the occasional short story, Diana Wynne Jones’ fans have been starved of her most famous creation, the dressing-gown wearing magician Christopher Chant--star of all her Chrestomanci novels--for nearly twenty years. It’s been far too long! J.K. Rowling was knee-high to a grasshopper when the first book in this sequence, Charmed Life, hit the shelves in 1977 and, although this hugely talented fantasy author has gone on to create a myriad of other imagined and fantastically crazy worlds, it is her books featuring the world-hopping Chrestomanci that have remained her most appreciated and popular tomes.

In Conrad’s Fate, his uncle tells twelve-year-old Conrad Tesdinic that his constant and terrible luck is the result of a shocking dose of bad karma that within the year could threaten his very existence. He is despatched at once to Stallery Mansion, high in the mountainous Alps above his hometown of Stallchester, to work in disguise as a servant. There, in the magical fortress that seems to dominate the whole town, he must infiltrate its workings and seek out the person who has interfered so disastrously with his fate.

Along the way, Conrad strikes up a friendship with a mysterious, self-assured older boy, who has a mission of his own--to find his friend Millie who has hidden herself thereabouts. The discovery that Stallery Mansion lays on a ‘probability fault’ adds gloriously to the wonderment and adventure that inevitably follows.

In some ways a prequel to the earlier novels, in that this book features Chant as a teenager before his Chrestomanci guise, there is definitely no need, however, to read it first. Any of other titles such as Witch Week or The Lives of Christopher Chant will be equally superb introductions to this infamous creation and just as entertaining. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"CONRAD'S FATE is quintessential Chrestomanci – funny, smart, twisty,
exciting, tricky, delightful and always perfectly magical."
Neil Gaiman

For DWJ:
“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…”
Publishers Weekly

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter”
The Bookseller

For The Merlin Conspiracy:
“The characterisation is first rate, the ideas are fabulous … This is fantasy at its most inventive – canny, funny and far-reaching.” The Telegraph

“A curiosity shop of a book … a pleasure to lose yourself in.” The Sunday Times

“The Merlin Conspiracy is Wynne Jones on top form … [her] powerful narrative and her ability to create extraordinary charachers with real emotions make her more than a worthy rival to J K Rowling.” Financial Times

“A must for all Wynne Jones fans, past, present and future.” Limited Edition


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Conrad's fate doesn't have much to do with his fate at all, but there are the things here that an avid Chrestomanci fan has come to expect and treasure. This should not be the starting point of anyone's journey into this wonderful world, instead try 'Charmed Life' or 'The Lives of Christopher Chant' before progressing on to this. This is becuase Conrad's Fate explains the least about this world an assumes that you already have some knowledge. It carries on with the character of Christopher chant in a wonderfully superior way, he is skillfully portrayed as being between 'The Lives of Christopher Chant' and the later books (though sadly lacking in dressing gowns). This is also the most complicated in the sequence, but dont let that put you off. Once you get used to pulling the posibilities all becomes clear(ish). Jones carries this book off in a evocative first person account. Definately worth a read for anyone who has read any of the others in the sequence. Those who havent should read the others quickly so that they can get on to this one. You don't know what you are missing. Dare I say it, a book for all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inevitable "Fate" 19 July 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Diana Wynne-Jones returns to the world(s) of Chrestromanci in the fifth full-length book in her most popular series. Though fans of the dapper magician might be disappointed that he is a supporting character, the title "Conrad's Fate" indicates who is the star of this twisty, hilarious fantasy.

Conrad Tesdinic has always been told by his creepy Uncle Alfred that he has bad karma -- apparently he failed to kill someone in a previous life, and will die in a year unless he kills them now. So Conrad finds himself being shipped off to the castle of Stallery, as a servant, to find the person he has to kill. Joining him is Christopher, a smart boy who seems able to work magic, yet doesn't know what a chili pepper is.

Christopher eventually tells Conrad that he is a nine-lived magician, and has run away from his own world to find his friend Millie, who has also run away. She's somewhere in the castle, but he can't find her. Peculiar behavior from the count and his family, a troupe of actors, and strange shifts in reality are plaguing Stallery, and Conrad soon finds that he may have more than bad karma to worry about.

Diana Wynne-Jones' most popular fantasy series is the Chrestomanci one, which predated the Harry Potter series with its organizational magic and twinkly British humor. It's complex, funny and more than a little strange, and fans of "The Lives of Christopher Chant" will enjoy seeing old favorites -- like Millie and Gabriel -- returning to Jones' writing.

Fans of Chrestomanci/Christopher Chant may be slightly disappointed by his secondary role. But then again, the book IS called "Conrad's Fate," so it's hardly surprising that the narrator is Conrad.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inevitable "Fate" 18 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Diana Wynne-Jones returns to the world(s) of Chrestromanci in the fifth full-length book in her most popular series. Though fans of the dapper magician might be disappointed that he is a supporting character, the title "Conrad's Fate" indicates who is the star of this twisty, hilarious fantasy.

Conrad Tesdinic has always been told by his creepy Uncle Alfred that he has bad karma -- apparently he failed to kill someone in a previous life, and will die in a year unless he kills them now. So Conrad finds himself being shipped off to the castle of Stallery, as a servant, to find the person he has to kill. Joining him is Christopher, a smart boy who seems able to work magic, yet doesn't know what a chili pepper is.

Christopher eventually tells Conrad that he is a nine-lived magician, and has run away from his own world to find his friend Millie, who has also run away. She's somewhere in the castle, but he can't find her. Peculiar behavior from the count and his family, a troupe of actors, and strange shifts in reality are plaguing Stallery, and Conrad soon finds that he may have more than bad karma to worry about.

Diana Wynne-Jones' most popular fantasy series is the Chrestomanci one, which predated the Harry Potter series with its organizational magic and twinkly British humor. It's complex, funny and more than a little strange, and fans of "The Lives of Christopher Chant" will enjoy seeing old favorites -- like Millie and Gabriel -- returning to Jones' writing.

Fans of Chrestomanci/Christopher Chant may be slightly disappointed by his secondary role. But then again, the book IS called "Conrad's Fate," so it's hardly surprising that the narrator is Conrad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness, some more REAL magic! 28 Oct 2006
By froggi
Format:Paperback
I was begining to despair of ever finding any more books where magic doesn't simply involve waving a wand and saying some stupid made up word. A lot of people have said 'if you liked harry potter, try this!' but, as I have said before, as far as I'm concerned it's 'if you are bored of the mind numbingness of harry potter and you want a real fantasy book, try this!' And it is brilliant. If you haven't read any of the other Chrestomanci series you'll love the freshness of this book, the idea of probability changes and the english alps. And if you have been lucky enough to come across Diana before you will be delighted with the reaperance of old characters, seeing a certain person between childhood and adulthood, and of course the new characters which have all of Diana's usual depth, wit and something unique which only she manages to include. I guess you'll just have to read it to know what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Think Downton - with magic
Funny and entertaining and another insight into the world of Chrestomanci - as a long time fan of all the Chrestomanci books I can read these books over and over again and always... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrestomanci Series
This is a general review for the Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne-Jones. I first read the Chrestomanci series when I was 23. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MRS D RYAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively, entertaining stories with an extremely likable protagonist
This books is classic Diana Wynne Jones, and reminds me of why she was my favourite author as a child - and is still up there with the greats in my opinion now I'm an adult. Read more
Published on 12 May 2012 by BookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and a good addition to the Chrestomanci series
One of my favourite books of the Chrestomanci series - well written and interesting and a good story through and through.
Published on 22 Aug 2010 by Kian2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Conrad's Fate
Conrad's Fate is another wonderfully intriguing instalment from the
Diana Wynne Jones Chrestomanci Series. We recommend it for both children & adults.
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by ReaderDeva
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best but not half bad!
On the whole I enjoyed this book but was disappointed as I felt it wasn't as well written as the older novels (eg. Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2006 by Penny Court
3.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, good series, disappointing sequel
I'm a fan of DWJ's books since I read 'Archer's Goon' and 'Power of Three' when I was about 13 ... now I'm 32, and I'm still loving her books like 'Homeward Bounders', 'Dalemark... Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2006 by Georg Litty
4.0 out of 5 stars conrad's fate
One of her best-- and I have been reading her books since her first publication. But then every time I pick up one of the others I think much the same thing. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back Christopher Chant
A hugely welcome return to Wynne-Jones's fabulous Christopher Chant - he and Millie are amongst my favourite of her creations. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2005 by Booksthatmatter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as Changeover
Conrad's Fate is certainly worth a few quid of anyone's money. It's not quite as good as my previous favourite Diana Wynne Jones book "Changeover" but there is still plenty here to... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by Neil Butler
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