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A Wizard of Mars: The Ninth Book in the Young Wizards Series
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A Wizard of Mars: The Ninth Book in the Young Wizards Series

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by Diane Duane
 

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In the hotly anticipated ninth installment of the Young Wizards series, Kit and Nita become part of an elite team investigating the mysterious “message in a bottle,” which holds the first clues to the secrets of the long-lost inhabitants of Mars. But not even wizardry can help them cope with the strange events that unfold when the “bottle”

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In the hotly anticipated ninth installment of the Young Wizards series, Kit and Nita become part of an elite team investigating the mysterious “message in a bottle,” which holds the first clues to the secrets of the long-lost inhabitants of Mars. But not even wizardry can help them cope with the strange events that unfold when the “bottle” is uncorked and a life form from another era emerges.

Though the Martians seem friendly, they have a plan that could change the shape of more than one world. As the shadow of interplanetary war stretches over both worlds, Kit and Nita must fight to master the strange and ancient synergy binding them to Mars and its last inhabitants. If they don’t succeed, the history that left Mars lifeless will repeat itself on Earth.

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Kirkus Reviews
One of finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series. Kit, Nita and their companions are recuperating from the Pullulus event by concentrating on their individual magic projects (Wizards at War, 2007). For Kit that means Mars, the planet that has fascinated him all his life. When surveying wizards awaken an ancient spell, Kit is sucked into a legendary Martian past, threatening both his own identity and the entire System; Nita, meanwhile, faces an agonizing conflict between destiny, duty and heart's desire. Duane's worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization. Mundane dilemmas integrate smoothly with world-shaking crises, shot through with sparkling humor, and space-opera adventures resolve upon the subtle ethical interplay between right choices for wrong reasons, wrong choices for right reasons and all the shades of gray in between. With its large cast and elaborate back story, probably a poor entry point to the series, but for its many fans, an eminently satisfying addition. Best of all, unresolved subplots promise number ten is on the way. (Fantasy. YA)
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"One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series. . . . Duane's worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization. . . . Best of all, unresolved subplots promise number ten is on the way. —Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152054496
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/02/2011
Series:
Young Wizards Series , #9
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
307,920
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.60(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Another War of the Worlds?

"You are the wizard’s wizard, man! You have turned Mars into New Jersey!"

Even in the general alarm of the moment, Kit had to snicker. Ronan stood there looking as cool as usual, but something in his eyes betrayed the fact that he wasn’t sure he was being complimented. "Could have been worse," Ronan said under his breath as he looked around. "I could have done it the other way round."

"This is the place where that old radio version of War of the Worlds happened, isn’t it?" Kit said. "The one they did on Halloween way back whenever it was, and they pretended it was happening in New Jersey somewhere, instead of England."

"And it’s not even the right New Jersey!" Darryl said. "It’s New Jersey now! Look over there—" He pointed. Off to their right, across the street, was a big handsome blue building with a long, peaked roof. On the opposite side of the road in front of it stood a pole with road signs that said ROUTE 629 and TO NJ TURNPIKE. Farther down the pole were posted a laser-printed ad for an Internet café and a faded picture of somebody’s lost dog.

Darryl was looking at the big blue building. "Bet you that was the mill once," Darryl said. "Look, I was right! There’s the old millstones. They’ve got ’em

sunk into the ground so cars won’t ruin their lawn when they turn the corner. There’s where the water came out past the mill. But no Martians!" He started laughing again.

"I wouldn’t be too sure about that," Ronan said, very quietly.

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"One of finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series...Duane's worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization...Best of all, unresolved subplots promise number ten is on the way.—Kirkus"

Meet the Author

DIANE DUANE is the author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including ten books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers, including Spock's World. She lives with her husband in rural Ireland. Visit her online at www.DianeDuane.com and www.youngwizards.com.

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A Wizard of Mars 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good!! Another masterpiece arises! This book is extremely good, wth beautiful descriptions, amd loads of fun. I especiallu liked the humor between Darryl, Kit and Ronan on Mars, as it adds freshness to the story( new fave quote is.." Bloody 'ell. Scorpions. Why does it always have to be giant robot scorpions?")
drthmik More than 1 year ago
Diane Duane's Young Wizards Series always delivers a good read for any age. There are no other works like it. Few authors can so seamlessly marry elements of Science Fiction and fantasy. With settings from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean to the center of the sun to hyper-gate crossroads of the universe to familiar suburban streets, the novels of the Young Wizards Series always take you somewhere fantastic. A Wizard of Mars is a perfect example. Set on desolate, lifeless Mars... or perhaps not to lifeless after all. Wizards are on Mars searching for evidence of an ancient civilization that is sleeping. Waiting to be awakened. But what will they do if they wake up? While solving the mystery of the Martians Nita and Kit will be forced to learn things about themselves and make decisions that could change everything. Some books are more about action and some are about character development. A Wizard of Mars is one of the later and there are many parts that hint at a building story and future books. All in all and excellent read for any fan of Science fiction and/or fantasy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!! Diane Duane has an amazing imagination and the stories each time are unique and just captivate your attention as soon as you start reading. Def a thumbs up!!
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Kit has been obsessed with Mars lately, and has been spending a lot of time there. Often that time is with Ronan and Darryl, because Nita doesn't share his fascination with the red planet. Yet there's a real wizardly mystery on Mars: its kernal is missing. This could have real and unpredictable consequences, and there's also the question of why there aren't any Martians. So the boys aren't there alone; quite a few other wizards, including Earth's Planetary, Irina, and the regional Species Archivist, the saurian Mamvish, are also studying Mars. Meanwhile, Nita is juggling her own set of issues. Younger sister Dairine is spending most of her time on Welkath, studying star management, and their father wants Dairine to at least check in more regularly. Since he can't follow her and bring her back for meals, chores, and the last few days of the school year, Nita has to. She's also juggling her own changing feelings for Kit, and since she has no idea whether he will feel the same way, or whether it will just mess up their wizardly partnership, she's just as glad to not be spending too much time with him right now. When Kit finds an apparently ancient, and wizardly, artifact on Mars, though, things start to change. Despite a formal decision by Irina and Mamvish to leave the artifact be while there's more study and analysis, Kit and his buddies go back to take another look on their own, and Kit stumbles onto the means of opening it--and things start to happen on Mars. A whole lost civilization, and species, has been in stasis on Mars for over half a million years, waiting for a chance to come back and restore Mars to habitability for themselves. They need Mars' missing kernal, though, and to retrieve it, they need Kit's help. It isn't at all clear that this is good for Kit, or for humans generally, or even for Mars. Meanwhile, Kit's sister Carmela, who is not a wizard, is using her unintended introduction to wizardry and to galactic civilization to pursue a career as a galactic personal shopper, and their other sister, Helena, who thinks Kit has made a deal with the devil, is returning home unexpectedly quickly after the end of her college term. Everything is spiraling toward about fifty different kinds of disaster This is another great Young Wizards romp, well worth your time if you've enjoyed previous installments. Recommended. I bought this book.
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I hope you right a tenth one. I liked it that you put in the fact that Kit and Neta love each other.
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Is this the last of the series,or will there ever be more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the first book in this series as a Christmas present when I was 12. Ten years later, I still wait for all her new releases! The stoyline is gripping and very original. The setting and characters are so vidid and enjoyable. It pulls you in and makes you want to stick around and see what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley loved this book! Whats the next one? Def one of the best in the series. But why is kit always the idiot nowadays?! I give it wwwwaaaayyyyy more than five stars!
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