Saturday, 29 May 2010

Locus Focus - Chrestomanci Castle

Locus Focus is a meme hosted every Saturday by Enbrethiliel at Shredded Cheddar. "We all know of books that make their settings come alive, and this meme is a chance to write about them and share them with others." Visit her blog and link up!

Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favourite books, so my locus focus for today is about Chrestomanci Castle. I must warn that I have the Dutch translation of this book so some things might be named differently in the English version.

Chrestomanci Castle lies close to the town of Bravenbeck in a world closely resembling our own, but because there's magic the technology isn't as far evolved as it is here, so the world resembles our world as it was in the early 1900's.

Chrestomanci Castle is home of the suave and charming Chrestomanci who supervises the use of magic on Earth. I must confess Chrestomanci alone is reason enough why I love Chrestomanci Castle, but there's more to the Castle. Just look at the below picture! Who wouldn't love a house like that? It's got so many cool features, including a couple of small towers. Add to that the fact that all of the staff at the castle are witches and warlocks and such, there's a small dragon living at the castle and there's a teacher who can teach you magic as well. The castle also has a large garden with a closed off part where really old magic can be found. All in all I'd love to visit the castle if only it were possible!


Birdie said...

Chrestomanci alone is reason *enough* to love Chrestomanci castle!

Also I ♥ the first pic. Too cute

Enbrethiliel said...


Oooooh, Sully! =D I love Chrestomanci Castle!

In the first story (Charmed Life, if I remember correctly), one of the characters sits in the cushioned recess of one of the huge windows and notes to herself that it is almost three feet deep--and I thought to myself, "Oh, that's so gloriously big and so gloriously cozy!"

vvb32 reads said...

ooo, i like castles. want to visit one someday. all the rooms and their decor would be fun to walk through.