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Wizards at War: The Eighth Book in the Young Wizards Series

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by Diane Duane
 

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Nita and Kit return from their wizardly holiday, looking forward to getting back to their everyday routine. But there's trouble brewing. A strange darkness of the mind and heart is about to befall the older wizards of the world, stealing away their power. Soon, the young wizards of Earth and many other planets find themselves forced to defend wizards and

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Nita and Kit return from their wizardly holiday, looking forward to getting back to their everyday routine. But there's trouble brewing. A strange darkness of the mind and heart is about to befall the older wizards of the world, stealing away their power. Soon, the young wizards of Earth and many other planets find themselves forced to defend wizards and nonwizards alike against an invasion of a kind they've never imagined.
But mere defense won't be enough to combat the evil afoot. With their alien teammates, Nita, Kit, and Dairine must race to search worlds known and unknown for the secret weapon the Powers That Be have promised them--before the minions of the sinister Lone Power find it first. And then, for the first time in millenia, the wizards must go to war. . . .

Editorial Reviews

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"The strong characterization, complex plot, and truly fascinating universe combined with a stellar, heartbreaking, nail-biting conclusion guarantee not to disappoint. It will appeal strongly to fantasy and science fiction fans alike."--VOYA (5Q, highest rating)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this eighth volume in the series, 14-year-old wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan have just returned from an extraterrestrial vacation and are getting ready to go back to school. Meanwhile, Nita's wizardly younger sister, Dairine, and their father have been hosting three alien wizards in their basement. Everything changes when the magical group learns that the universe is rapidly filling with a mysterious dark matter that threatens to swallow all of the stars and worlds into oblivion within a few weeks. It is already causing the adult wizards to lose their powers, and even to forget that magic exists. Kit, Nita, Dairine, and their alien guests, along with Kit's magical dog, Ponch, and Dairine's enchanted laptop, Spot, zip off to scour the galaxy for a prophesied secret weapon-a person or thing that can overcome the impending catastrophe. Although Duane has tried to allow each book in the series to stand on its own, most readers will be lost without having read at least some of the predecessors. Those who are familiar with the series will thoroughly enjoy this story, especially its grand and wistful conclusion.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The newest entry in the Young Wizards series is a reunion for the series' fans, though somewhat impenetrable to newcomers. Secondary characters from earlier volumes cameo when wizards fight yet another impending apocalypse. The Lone Power is rewriting the underlying structure of the universe, destroying wizardry in the process. Adult wizards lose their magic, leaving Kit, Nita, Dairine and friends to save the world again. The ultimate danger to the universe (more deadly than the ultimate danger in the preceding volume, which was more deadly than the ultimate danger in the volume before that) is neatly defeated by the youngsters' self-sacrifice and ability to convince aliens that Good is better than Evil. This entry's a solid pleasure for fans of the series, if only for the humorous entry of Kit's sister Carmela as a strong individual character. While the overstretched storylines (anthropomorphized wizardry, the divine ascension of multiple characters) are a far cry from the quality fare of So You Want to Be a Wizard? (1983), they still make tasty literary junk food. (Fantasy. 12-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152052232
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Series:
Young Wizards Series , #8
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
498,526
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Situational Awareness

IN THE BRIGHT LIGHT of an early spring morning, a teenage girl in faded blue jeans and a cropped white T-shirt stood in her downstairs bathroom, brushing her teeth and examining herself with a critical eye. Have I lost weight? she thought, pulling the T-shirt a little away from her as she looked down. This doesn't fit like it did two weeks ago...

The view in the mirror was more or less the usual one: light brunette hair cut just above her shoulders, a face neither unusually plain nor unusually beautiful, a nothing-special figure for a fourteen-year-old. But there were changes besides the fit of her T-shirt. Nita Callahan racked the toothbrush and then leaned close to the mirror over the sink, pulling down the skin above her right cheekbone with one finger. My tan looks pretty good, but are those circles under my eyes? she thought. I look wrecked. You'd think I hadn't just had ten days off on a planet that was almost all beach. "I think I need a vacation from my vacation," Nita muttered.

She started to turn away from the sink...then stopped, noticing something in the mirror. Nita leaned close to it again, pushing her bangs up with one hand and eyeing her forehead. Oh no, is that a pimple coming up? She poked it, felt that telltale sting. Great. I really need this right now!

She sighed. "Okay," she said. Normally she wouldn't have been enthusiastic about spending any significant part of her morning talking to a zit, but if she talked the pimple out of happening right now, it'd take her less effort than if she waited until later.

"Uh, excuse me," she said in the wizardly Speech-and then stopped. Wait a minute. I don't know the word for "pimple."

Nita frowned. For a moment she considered the tube of facial scrub on the shelf by the sink, then shook her head and reached out toward what otherwise looked like empty air beside her. Into that "empty air," the pocket of otherspace where she normally kept her wizard's manual, Nita's arm disappeared up to the shoulder. She felt around for a moment-I really have to clean this thing out; there's too much stuff in here-and then pulled out what to most people would have looked like a small hardbound library book an inch or so thick.

Nita started paging through it. Let's see. Pimple, pimple...see "aposteme." She shook her head, turning more pages. What's an aposteme? Sometimes I really wonder about the indexing in this thing.

"Nita?" came a shout, faintly, from the other end of the house.

"What, Daddy?" she shouted back.

"Phone!"

Nita raised her eyebrows. At this hour of the morning? It's not Kit; he wouldn't bother with the phone. "Thanks!"

The word for "phone," at least, she knew perfectly well. Nita held out her hand. "If you would?" she said in the Speech to the handset in question.

The portable phone from the kitchen appeared in her hand, its hold button blinking. She hit the button, meanwhile balancing her manual on the edge of the sink while she kept paging through it. "Hello?"

"Nita," Tom Swale's voice said. "Good morning."

"Hey, how are you?" Nita said.

"A little pressed for time at the moment," said her local Senior Wizard. "How was your holiday?"

"Not bad," she said. "Listen, what's the Speech word for 'pimple'?"

There was a pause at the other end. "I used to know that," Tom said.

"But you don't anymore?"

"I'll look it up. You should do that, too. How are your houseguests doing?"

"They're fine as far as I know," Nita said. "Probably having breakfast. I was just going to get some myself."

"You should definitely do that," Tom said. "But can you and Kit and the visiting contingent spare me and Carl a little time afterward?"

"Uh, sure," Nita said. "I was going to call you anyway, because I heard some really strange things from Dairine about what went on here while we were away...and the manual wouldn't say anything about the details. Where did you guys vanish to? Assuming I'm allowed to ask."

"Oh, you're allowed. That's what I'm calling about. I have a lot of people to get in touch with today, but since you two and your guests are just around the corner, we thought we might drop by and brief you in person."

"Sure," Nita said. "I'll let everybody know you're coming."

"Fine. An hour or so be all right?"

"Sure."

"Great. See you then."

Tom hung up, leaving Nita staring at the phone in her hand. She pushed the hang-up button and just stood there.

"Wow," she said. She looked down at the manual, which now lay open to one of its many glossaries, and was showing her fourteen different variations on the "aposteme" word. "Kit?" Nita said.

A slightly muffled reply came seemingly from the back of the manual, along with the sound of barking somewhere in the Rodriguez household. "I can't believe we're out of dog food," Kit said. "I leave for a week and a half, and this place goes to pieces."

"We were doing just fine without you," said another voice from two blocks away: Kit's sister Carmela. "It's not our fault you forgot to put dog food on the shopping list before you left. Neets, is it true he destroyed a whole alien culture in just ten days?"

Nita snorted. "It wouldn't have been just him, 'Mela," she said. "And we didn't destroy it. We just happened to be there when they were going on to the next thing."

'Just happened'?" Carmela said. Her tone was one of kindly disbelief. "You're so nice to try to share the blame! See you later on..."

After a moment Kit said, "Am I allowed to think about teleporting her to Titan and dumping her in a lake of liquid methane?"

"No," Nita said, feeling around under her bed for her sneakers. "It'd upset those microbes there...the ones Dairine's been coaching in situational ethics."

"The thought of Dairine coaching anybody in ethics...," Kit said. "No offense, but sometimes I wonder if someday our solar system is going to be famous for having entire species made up of criminal masterminds."

"Well, if the Powers That Be have slipped up, it's too late to do anything now. And speaking of the Powers, you should get over here in about an hour. Tom and Carl want to talk to everybody."

"We're not in trouble, are we?"

"I don't think so," Nita said. "In fact, I think maybe they are."

"And here I thought we were going to have a few quiet days before spring break was over," Kit said.

Nita shook her head. "Guess not. But now we get to find out why nobody could find them anywhere."

From down the hall, toward the front of the house, she could hear voices in the dining room. "Sounds like they're having breakfast out there," Nita said.

"Should I wait to come over?"Nita shrugged and turned away from the mirror. "What for?" she said. "You might as well come have some breakfast, too, if you haven't had anything."

"I have," Kit said, "but another breakfast wouldn't kill me. Give me ten minutes, though. I have to talk to Ponch."

"Why? Are all the neighbors' dogs sitting around outside the house again?" This had been a problem recently, apparently due to some kind of wizardly leakage. Diagnosing its source had been difficult with so much wizardry happening around their two households lately...and with the present houseguests in residence, the diagnosis promised to get no easier.

"Nope," Kit said. "Everything's perfectly quiet. He just has some more questions about life."

Nita smiled. "Yeah, who doesn't, lately," she said. "Take your time."

Nita paged briefly through the manual, looking at the pimple words. There are too many ways to have this conversation, she thought. And I'm still pooped. If Tom hadn't called, I'd just go back to bed. She yawned-

In the moment when her eyes closed during the yawn, the darkness reminded Nita of something. Another darkness, she thought. I had a dream...She had been standing on the Moon, and it had been dark. Bright lights were scattered all around her, throwing strange multidirectional shadows across the rocks and craters, but the sky was as blank of stars as if the whole thing was a stage set. And something was growling....Nita suddenly got goose bumps.

She opened her eyes. The bathroom, the morning light, the mirror, all the things around her were perfectly normal. But the memory left her feeling chilly.

It means something, of course, Nita thought. Lately, what doesn't? Every wizard has a specialty, but the specialty can change. Nita's initially straightforward affinity to living things was now turning into something more abstract-an ability to glimpse other beings' realities and futures, or her own, while dreaming. She was struggling to master it, but in the meantime all she could do was pay attention, and try to learn as she went along.

Copyright © 2005 by Diane Duane

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"The strong characterization, complex plot, and truly fascinating universe combined with a stellar, heartbreaking, nail-biting conclusion guarantee not to disappoint. It will appeal strongly to fantasy and science fiction fans alike."—VOYA (5Q, highest rating)

Meet the Author


DIANE DUANE is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, among them the eight books in the Young Wizards series. She lives in rural Ireland.

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Wizards at War: The Eighth Book in the Young Wizards Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit the character list can be a bit daunting at first glance but the seven books before it work to develop the characters so you get to know each one . By the 8th book you feel as though you know the characters and it is easy to tell who is who. I thought the book was amazing even though it raised as many questions as it answered. oh well that's just her style! =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite book ever! I've read it twice and I'm willing to read it again. Though, I wanted to cry for Dairine at the end. It's totally awesome and a definite two thumbs up from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The latest installment in the Wizards series was as good or better than the previous stories. I loved the way the author brought back characters from many previous novels. It was like a big reunion! The plot is exciting, with humor, romance, and sadness sprinkled throughout. My personal favorite characters were Dairine and Roshaun, who get to know each other better in this book (wink). Fans of the series, like me, will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series since the fourth grade- and i'm a sophmore now! I am impressed with Duane's ability to keep a series alive after all these books. She continues to offer quality books and i can't wait for the next one. One thing about this series is that its realy complicated if you don't read from the begining, but its definitly worth it. Alot of people think its a rip off of harry potter, but its the farthest thing from that. The biggest differance in the two series is that in Harry Potter magic is just something the characters can do, with practice. Just wave your wand and it happens. Duane's magic is much more mature. In this series all wizards have a responsibility to help preserve life, and all magic has a price. Duane's books give Rowling a run for her money. In this book i love Carmela. Ponch, however, is THE BEST. I won't give it away, but you get to learn about the dog's Choice. Also Ronan shows up and i think i'm in love with him! You get to catch up with alot of characters from previous books, and meet new ones, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so getting this book for christmas. People told me this series were good has the harry potter series but not like harry potter books. GET THIS BOOK!!!!!! 'Its a Must Have'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. My favorite part of the story is the way that the author brings back many of the characters from the other novels in the series. This book is just as good as the others in the series, and is a great read for anyone. I salute Ms. Duane!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love it!! This book is the best yet. I cry a lot, especially when I read about Dairine and the mobiles, and I am pretty sure I want to be a wizard myself!! I love all the characters, but I would say that the best overall is Ronan. The part near the end, which I won't give away, involving Ronan and the Spear, is brilliant!! Two thumbs up! (Or five ifyou are an alien!)
littlestar4 More than 1 year ago
If your into science in literature than this series is the perfect book for you ...It always talks about some form of astronomy mixed with lots of magic. A truly enjoy reading this book and will continue as the series progresses. As ive been reading this book since i was young and now am 22 yrs old.
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I started reading this series in my sixth grafe year,couldnt find the sequel,and ditched it. Now that i have been reading them again, I realized what a mistake that was. Wizards at war was the best one of them all. It made me laugh,cry,and feel for the characters. We are lucky to have an author like duane in our midst
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