Magicians of Caprona Paperback – May 26 1983
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Grade 5-7 - Caprona, the Italian city of spellmakers, is in trouble in this, the third installment in the Chronicles of Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones. A mysterious evil enchanter has made the feud between the Montana family and their rivals, the Petrocchi family, worse then ever. Armies are poised to invade Caprona, and the Duke seems incapable of stopping the impending disaster. That leaves it up to Tonino Montana and Angelica Petrocchi, two of the youngest members of their respective families, to try to stop the evil enchanter and save their city. But the enemy they must bring down is powerful and cunning, especially for two children who have trouble making their spells work properly. To overcome the evil enchanter, the children must enlist the help of a special cat and find a way to get their feuding families to work together. The story starts slowly, but once it gets going fantasy fans will enjoy listening to narrator Gerard Doyle make the characters come to life and present Jones's entertaining descriptions of the magical parallel universe in which this story takes place. There are plenty of scary moments, but there are heartwarming ones as well. - David Bilmes, Schaghticoke Middle School, New Milford, CT
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"...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 "Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two ... [she] has a skill for inserting just the right amount of detail in her written words, leaving you satiated but not stuffed." SFX --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The spell-making Montanas and Petrocchis have been feuding for two hundred years, over a fight between two of their ancestors. Now they repeat hideous rumors about each other, cast disgusting spells at each other, and remain stubborn about the matter, even though they are now threatened by outside forces. The city-states are in conflict with each other, and the famed song "Angel of Caprona" is mostly forgotten, despite being the thing that can help protect them from harm.
Tonina Montana is apparently the only member of his household who is unable to cast spells. His talents lie in communicating with cats -- but he finds himself an unwilling ally to a Petrocchi girl, Angelina, when they are both captured by the Duchess of Caprona. He, Angelina, and a cat must find the words to the "Angel" song and ally their families before it's too late.
As Jones explains in the foreword, this is an alternate Italy, still divided into city-states with their own Dukes, laws, and conflicts with one another, as they had in the Middle-Ages of our world. Anyone with knowledge of Italian history knows that the city-states offer a great deal of potential conflict, and Jones doesn't waste that potential.
Though the conflict of feuding rival families is a mild cliche by now, Jones handles it with a comic twist that keeps it from becoming stale. The twist of lovers from those feuding families is highly enjoyable, even though it is quite obvious from the beginning of the book. Her dialogue and narrative are as witty and entertaining as ever.Read more ›
But Caprona is in trouble from all sides, with other city-states chipping bits off of her all the time. Caprona is run by a rather silly yet lovable Duke and his downright evil Duchess.
When one misfit child from each of the fueding families turns up missing, of course the families blame each other, and end up having a havoc-wreaking fight in the down-town.
Then Caprona heads into war. It looks inevitable that she will fall, when the only possible solution would be to find the words to the Angel of Caprona, whom no one has sung properly for centuries. Then the two misfits miraculously save their state and re-uninte their fighting families.
This story was, like all of Jones' work, very well written. She has a marvelous and twisting plot that keeps your mind racing and your eyes glued to the page. She describes perfectly what it feels like to be left out of something that comes so natural to others.
Though this wook wasn't as good as Charmed Life of Witch week it was still very entertaining. The plot line of two feuding houses it a bit chiched ever since Montagues and the Capulet's in Romeo and Juiet dropped into the scene. But the whole magic factor makes it a bit more orginal. All in all it was a very entertaining book. I'll probably read it again in again. I just wish Chrestomanci would show up a bit more. In the past few books he's only swooped in in time to do some magic, expalin things, than leave. I reccomend this to anyone whose a fan of the series. The last book in the series, The Lives of Christopher Chant, is on my shelf and ready to be read.
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I first borrowed and read this book from a friend in 1996 and found it really good and interesting. The characters were spunky and memorable. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003
I really enjoyed this book because it was very interesting and hard to put down! It is funny in all the right places and it was easy to understand and i now have my whole family... Read morePublished on May 4 2002
I think that this is a very good book. It has a lot of very interesting stuff in it and it also keeps you in great suspense so you can't put the book down. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001 by A 12-year old reader
I found the first time I read this book, it was really confusing for some reason. Especially the part with the enchanted room and Punch and Judy. Read morePublished on June 27 2001 by L. Fox
THE MAGICIANS OF CAPRONA , though having little to do with the enchanter Chrestomanci, is a thoroughly intriguing novel with the most suspenseful story yet. Read morePublished on March 31 2001
This is a good story, but in my mind doesn't even come close to the other Chrestomanci books. It's really funny, and the characters seem real, but its kind of hard to get into and... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2001
Diana Wynne Jones has written many books for children, young adults, and adults. Her output is a little uneven though she has not published any poor books. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000 by R. Albin
This is a really good book to read out loud with a family. My 13 and 7 year old sisters and I all loved it.Published on Sept. 4 1999