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Grade 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
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Gr. 5-8. The youthful wizards Kit and Nita preceded the trainees of Hogwarts by more than a decade, and they are still clobbering the forces of Death in the name of the Powers That Be. In this eighth volume of Duane's Young Wizards adventures, the Lone One has corrupted the basic structure of reality, causing the universe to expand and all wizards past "latency"--in other words, grown-ups--to lose their abilities, leaving it to the kids to prevent cataclysm. The novel is overlong and densely crammed with bewildering jargon, but the basic plot strands are compelling, particularly one set among a hive society reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's buggers. Even early series fans who have since outgrown Duane's particular brand of pseudoscientific mysticism may be attracted by the cameo appearances of previous books' characters and references to past story lines. The full-cast-reunion aspect prevents this from standing alone, but keep the overall series in mind for Harry Potter buffs whose interests are broad enough to allow them to easily move between Rowling's genteel, mock-Eton fantasy and traditional sf. Jennifer Mattson
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Good lighthearted reading but you should start reading from the first book so you understand the characters betterPublished 5 months ago by Pete
Diane is very good at making her characters very human and believable. I can't put the books down.Published 5 months ago by Jeanne M. Jacquet
Actually this book was for my son and he loved it. He's 11 and he read the whole series this past year. "I can't put it down" he says.Published 10 months ago by Miguel A
I can't believe I didn't get around to reading Young Wizards 8 until now, but so be it. It was excellent as her books always are. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Swank Ivy
I love this Young Wizards Series and bought them for my grandson (read them myself as well). Diane Duane is a consistent writer but not repetitive, with a good, interesting story... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rosemary