Chrestomanci Series Order: Explore the Worlds of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones

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Chrestomanci is a children’s fantasy book series written by British author Diana Wynne Jones.

Reading the Chrestomanci series in Order

There are three ways to read the series. You can read them in the order they were written, you can read them in chronological order, or you can read them following Diana Wynne Jones’s recommendations.

Chrestomanci Book Series in Publication Order

Charmed Life (1977)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
Witch Week (1982)
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
Mixed Magics (2000)
Conrad’s Fate (2005)
The Pinhoe Egg (2006)

Chrestomanci Book Series in Chronological Order

The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
Conrad’s Fate (2005)
Charmed Life (1977)
– “Warlock at the Wheel” (featured in Mixed Magics)
– “The Sage of Theare” (featured in Mixed Magics)
Witch Week (1982)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
– “Stealer of Souls” (featured in Mixed Magics)
– “Carol Oneir’s Hundredth Dream” (featured in Mixed Magics)
The Pinhoe Egg (2006)

Diana Wynne Jones’ Recommended Reading Order

As it happened, like other authors, Diana Wynne Jones offered herself a reading order for her work.

Charmed Life (1977)
The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988)
Conrad’s Fate (2005)
Witch Week (1982)
The Magicians of Caprona (1980)
The Pinhoe Egg (2006)
Mixed Magics (2000) (the short stories in Mixed Magics can be read in any order after that)

More about the Chrestomanci series

What does ‘Chrestomanci’ mean?

The word ‘Chrestomanci may be derived from the Ancient Greek khrestos, meaning “useful” and manteía, which means “prophecy or divination“.

It is the name of Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy series, published from 1977 to 2006. It consists of seven books: six novels and a collection of four stories.

Chrestomanci also refers to a government employee. It’s the title to a nine-life enchanter whose job is to police the use of magic in the Related Worlds (or the multiverse in which the stories take place). As it is said in the books: “The job Chrestomanci has is to make sure this world isn’t run entirely by witches. Ordinary people have rights too.”

What we called Series Twelve is the main location in the Chrestomanci books, and Twelve A, the main world as it is Chrestomanci’s world. Magic is very common in this world, and a large part of the population can use magic the way we made music in ours. It means it comes in different strengths and varieties, and some people are way more powerful than others.

Does Chrestomanci need to be read in order?

As it’s a wonderful universe, we advise reading all the books. Though, if you can’t find them in the order of your choice at the library, it is okay. Those stories are mostly self-contained and can be read in any order.

How many books are there in the Chrestomanci series?

Chrestomanci is a hepatology! There are seven books in the series, and four short fictions (all collected in Mixed Magics).

Is there an adaptation of the Chrestomanci book series?

Not all book series are destined to be adapted as movies, TV Shows, radio dramas, or others. As of today, at least, there is no adaptation of The Worlds of Chrestomanci.

More About Diana Wynne Jones

Introducing Diana Wynne Jones

Born August 16, 1934, Diana Wynne Jones was a British fantasy and science fiction author. She has won multiple awards for her works, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2007.

One of the three daughters of a couple of teachers, Diana Wynne Jones studied English at St Anne’s College in Oxford. There, she attended lectures by both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien and graduated in 1956. The same year, she married John Burrow, a scholar of medieval litterature and had three sons.

Though her first book, Changeover (1966), was a novel for adults, and she wrote few other adult books, Diana Wynne Jones is most known for her works for children and young adults in the fantasy and science fiction genre. Her books were full of magic, complicated characters and relationships, with a mix of dark elements and humor.

Diana Wynne Jones died of lung cancer on 26 March 2011. She was 76 years old.

Beyond the Chrestomanci series

Diana Wynne Jones is better known for the Chrestomanci series, but her most famous work is maybe Howl’s Moving Castle, which has been adapted by Ghibli. This book is the first one of a trilogy.

She is also famous for her humorous travel guide The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, exploring the tropes of the fantasy genre. It inspires her to write the parody The Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel, Year of the Griffin.

Diana Wynne Jones has written more than 40 books, and we can also invite you to check out Dogsbody, Archer’s Goon, Fire and Hemlock just to name a few.