History Literature / Chrestomanci

10th Nov '15 1:43:30 PM SpectralTime
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* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.

* FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi have been fighting for years.
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* CatsAreMagic: Both families have magical cats that serve them, and are sapient and able to talk to some magicians. Amusingly, they still have [[MyInstinctsAreShowing some cat-like qualities]]. * FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi have been fighting for years. [[spoiler: They ''used'' to be great friends... and, ultimately, it is only a Montana and a Petrocchi singing the song together in perfect harmony that can drive out the White Devil again.]]

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* FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler: The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Casa Petrocchi have been fighting for years.Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler: Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]] * LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler: Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.

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* FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have been fighting for years.no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler: He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]] * ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler: his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike. * OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler: but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]
3rd May '15 7:01:17 PM nombretomado
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* FantasyKitchenSink: By the end of ''The Pinhoe Egg'', you not only have witches, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters all in the same world, but now there are griffins, unicorns, and all sorts of hidden mythical beasts in the world. Expanding it to the rest of the Related Worlds includes the Lords of Karma (in ''Conrad's Fate''), mermaids, dragons, TheFairFolk, and the sort-of Indian-ish Goddess Asheth (in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''), and the ClassicalMythology-ish gods and goddesses in ''The Sage of Theare''.
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* FantasyKitchenSink: By the end of ''The Pinhoe Egg'', you not only have witches, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters all in the same world, but now there are griffins, unicorns, and all sorts of hidden mythical beasts in the world. Expanding it to the rest of the Related Worlds includes the Lords of Karma (in ''Conrad's Fate''), mermaids, dragons, TheFairFolk, and the sort-of Indian-ish Goddess Asheth (in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''), and the ClassicalMythology-ish Myth/ClassicalMythology-ish gods and goddesses in ''The Sage of Theare''.
14th Dec '14 8:28:55 PM PaulA
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* EggMcGuffin: The Pinhoe Egg, which hatches out [[spoiler:a griffin]]. Apart from the inherent awesomeness, this is a key plot point because they're supposed to be extinct, if they ever existed in the first place.
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* EggMcGuffin: EggMacGuffin: The Pinhoe Egg, which hatches out [[spoiler:a griffin]]. Apart from the inherent awesomeness, this is a key plot point because they're supposed to be extinct, if they ever existed in the first place.

* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world.
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* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are.
14th Dec '14 8:18:36 PM PaulA
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%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Gwendolen.]]
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%%* * BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Gwendolen.[[spoiler:Gwendolen is cruel and selfish, but it takes Cat a long time to realise because she's always nice to him, at least as long as he's useful to her.]]

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%%* {{Egg McGuffin}}* EggMcGuffin: The Pinhoe Egg, which hatches out [[spoiler:a griffin]]. Apart from the inherent awesomeness, this is a key plot point because they're supposed to be extinct, if they ever existed in the first place.

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%%* CatsAreMagic* CatsAreMagic: ** The Goddess's sacred cats in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' literally have nine lives. ** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'', the Casa Montana cats help in spellcasting, and some of them can speak mind-to-mind.

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%%* InSpiteOfANail* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world.
13th Dec '14 8:25:29 PM MarchVee
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Gwendolen.]]
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Angelica Petrocchi * FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi.
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Angelica Petrocchi Petrocchi is actually a quite talented magician, if you can overlook her unfortunate peculiarities. * FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi.Petrocchi have been fighting for years.

* PetMonstrosity: Throgmorten.
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* PetMonstrosity: Throgmorten.Throgmorten, the cat from another reality, who viciously attacks anything in sight, except for Christopher.

* TheSyndicate: The Wraith. * WakingUpAtTheMorgue: Christopher discovers he has nine lives this way.
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* TheSyndicate: The multiverse-spanning magical ingredient smugglers known as The Wraith. * WakingUpAtTheMorgue: Christopher discovers he has nine lives this way.way after being killed by a blow to the head by a cricket bat at his boarding school.

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* CatsAreMagic
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* FunctionalMagic
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* InSpiteOfANail * InconvenientSummons
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* %%* InSpiteOfANail * InconvenientSummonsInconvenientSummons: Chrestomanci finds himself summoned to deal with magical catastrophes at the most inconvenient times, often while in the middle of important state functions or while he's in his dressing gown.

* OurDragonsAreDifferent
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26th Nov '14 10:37:19 PM PaulA
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* AccidentalKidnapping: The title character in "Warlock at the Wheel" steals a car without realising until too late that there's a small girl and her dog in the back seat.
22nd Sep '14 1:35:28 AM PaulA
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* ProphecyTwist: When Christopher is born, his father casts his horoscope and interprets it to say that silver will be a source of danger to him. [[spoiler:The source of most of the danger he faces in the novel is Ralph ''Argent''.]]

* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. Ultimately, silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds. (It's implied that it was a SelfFulfillingProphecy.)
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* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. Ultimately, The result is that being in contact with silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds. (It's implied that it was a SelfFulfillingProphecy.)worlds.
19th Sep '14 12:41:40 PM morenohijazo
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* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. Ultimately, silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds. (It's implied that it was a SelfFulfillingProphecy.)
26th Aug '14 8:12:34 PM PaulA
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* AdultsAreUseless: Throughout most of the book. Let's say played with, as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, and don't forget that the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and that Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
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* AdultsAreUseless: Throughout most of the book. Let's say played with, as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, and don't forget that the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and that Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.

* DreamWeaver: "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction. As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep.) Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
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* DreamWeaver: DreamWeaver: ** "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction. reproduction. ** As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep.) sleep). Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
26th Aug '14 5:05:38 PM csykora
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* DreamWeaver: "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction.
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* DreamWeaver: "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction. As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep.) Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
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