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

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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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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
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
The adventures of young wizards Kit and Nita continue in this ninth entry in the author's popular Young Wizards series. This time the action takes place on Mars, the planet that has always fascinated Kit. He's working on finding out what happened to the Martians and, with a lot of wizardly help, possibly bringing them back. Nita, on the other hand, is struggling with developing the skill of futurity, as well as growing increasingly concerned about her relationship with Kit — a relationship being overshadowed by his obsession with Mars. Scenes from War of the Worlds (William Heinemann, 1898) and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom (McClurg, 1917) make Kit's Martian experience even more exciting, as does an ancient spell that awakens the Martians and puts them on a course that could lead to war with Earth. Add to this the fact that Kit is possessed by a Martian in love with his princess, and things get really complicated. It's touch and go for a while, until Nita comes up with a workable solution for the continued existence of both civilizations. More than a decade before Harry Potter enrolled in Hogwarts, Diane Duane introduced Nita and Kit in So You Want to Be a Wizard (Delacorte, 1983/VOYA February 1984). Over the years they have concentrated on learning how to use their magical powers and saving the world, repeatedly. This latest entry is no exception. Outstanding worlds are built, there is lots of action, friendships are tested and renewed, and family and sibling relationships are delved into, all within the context of the circle of talented friends Kit and Nita have helping them in their quests. Fans will be delighted. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
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)
From the Publisher
"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152047702
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Series: Young Wizards Series Series
  • Pages: 549
  • Sales rank: 1,067,009
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author


DIANE DUANE is the author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including eight previous books in the Young Wizards series: So You Want to Be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, High Wizardry, A Wizard Abroad, The Wizard's Dilemma, A Wizard Alone, Wizard's Holiday, and Wizards at War. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers, including Spock's World. Ms. Duane lives with her husband in rural Ireland.

www.DianeDuane.com
www.youngwizards.com

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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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Table of Contents


Contents

Terra Cognita . . . 1

Gili Motang . . . 21

Syrtis Major . . . 77

Wellakh . . . 103

Nili Patera . . . 134

Arsia Mons . . . 172

Stokes . . . 213

Shamask-Eilith . . . 240

Gusev . . . 274

Burroughs . . . 313

Olympus Mons . . . 338

Tharsis Montes . . . 375

Oceanidum Mons . . . 419

Aurorae Chaos . . . 475

Meridiani Planum . . . 512

Elysium . . . 532

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Magic + Martians = A Good Read

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Hi

    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?")

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Awesomely!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Dod not know there was a 9 th book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Highly Recommended!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    May i join this clan?

    Hi my name is Darkspot i meed a clan may i join

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    Was best

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Question

    Is this the last of the series,or will there ever be more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Hooked on this series!

    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!

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