Charmed Life is the first book in the Chrestomanci series. It revolves around the orphans Eric  "Cat" Chant and his sister Gwendolen Chant who live in Wolvercote with Mrs. Sharp, a witch, since the accident that killed their parents. Unlike his sister, who seems very gifted at magic, Cat shows no aptitude for it, and is very submissive to his sister. Gwendolen makes progress by taking lessons from the necromancer Henry Nostrum . After she learns that the great enchanter Chrestomanci knew their parents, Gwendolen writes him a letter, hoping he would recognize her talents and adopt her, and the siblings are sent to live at Chrestomanci Castle with Chrestomanci's family. But things don't go along with Gwendolen's plans and she decides to get revenge.

Books in the Chrestomanci series
Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Witch Week, The Magicians of Caprona, Conrad's Fate, The Pinhoe Egg, Mixed Magics
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