Book: Mixed Magics

"Mixed Magics" by Diana Wynne JonesIn the world of Chrestomanci, being able to use magic is a distinct advantage. But ordinary people have rights too, and only the strength and skills of a nine-lifed enchanter can possibly begin to control the exploits of the numerous witches and warlocks, sorcerers and necromancers out to make mischief.

The four stories in Mixed Magics all feature the enigmatic Chrestomanci–taller and more handsome than ever. With plenty of old friends, new acquaintances–and a particularly devious enemy with an outrageously despicable plot!

In Mixed Magics, we get four short stories. But unlike the fantastical adventurous and mysteries of the other Chrestomanci books, novels, that will surely draw kids in, the ones included in this compilation seem, decidedly, more adult. Which is not a bad thing. Not at all. The dramatic set-ups, and the character conflicts, are darker than what’s usually common fare in children’s fiction. And the best thing about the book is that you can let children read it! In fact, it might even open avenues of conversation for you and your younger sibling, or your child!

The stories of Mixed Magic tackles jealousy, pride, greed, and the likes–always in the context of the Chrestomanci worlds. Save for the last story, which I think would’ve been a great new universe for Miss Jones to explore had she had the time. (May she rest in peace.) Or maybe she did, I don’t know.

I’m one of the people fortunate enough to still be discovering her books one at a time. I haven’t run out of her books to read yet. In that I am lucky. She may be gone now though, but her legacy, I’m sure, will continue with newly published writers inspired by her works.

In the meantime though, I will continue to search and treasure the wonderful books that Miss Jones have given us.