on 31 August 2009
I bought this book for my 10 year old, as she was looking for something after reading all the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately she took a look at the cover and decided it wasn't for her! As a huge HP fan myself and having nothing in the house I hadn't read less than 5 times I picked it up.
I found Charmed Life took a while to get started, and then it was over, I wasn't overly keen on Cat's character as he was a total wimp and I found him annoying, however meeting Christoper Chant in book 2 was totally different, his visit's to the "Anywhere's" were well described and a lot of the story explained book 1.
I think I'll be buying the next volume, and hopefully my daughter will pick the book up eventually!
Not as good as HP but still a good book.
on 23 May 2006
This book is actually two books in one, there's also a second 'volume' with two more books, and several other storys which can be bought individually. This volume has the first two stories, but i think you could get away with reading the second volume first because they're not really sequels as such, just storys set in the same world.
when i bought this book i didn't know these things, and after i read the first story, i wanted to read about those same characters again, but the next story was about almost entirely different characters. apart from that small dissapointment, this book, and the whole series really, is really really good. every time i start a new story, its like 'oh no these new characters are going to be really boring compared to the last ones' but they never are, each story is just as good as the last.
on 4 January 2001
A captivating read. I love where Cat and Gwendolyn live-in amongst witches, diviners and necromancers. I especially liked the 'exotic suppliers', mainly because I think it would be nice to see inside their shops. If you have a taste for fantasy then I strongly advise you to read this book. I hope you enjoy it.