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Wizards at War (The Young Wizards, Book 8) Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152047727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152047726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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From Booklist

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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More About the Author

Diane Duane was born in New York City -- a descendant of New York's first mayor -- and worked there as a psychiatric nurse before leaving the profession for the only one she loved better, the business of writing. Since the publication of her first novel in 1981, she's written fifty more, not to mention numerous short stories, comics, computer games and screenplays for TV and film, and has picked up the occasional award here and there. (She has also worked with Star Trek in more media than anyone else alive.)

Right now she's probably best known for her "Young Wizards" series of young adult fantasy novels, featuring the New York-based wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan -- in business for twenty-five years now, their most recent adventure being described in the ninth YW novel, "A Wizard of Mars" (just released in paperback).

DD shares a two hundred-year-old cottage in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland with her husband, the Belfast-born novelist and screenwriter Peter Morwood, a laid-back white cat named Goodman, and various overworked computers... an odd but congenial environment for the staging of epic battles between good and evil and the leisurely pursuit of total galactic domination. (And a lot of ethnic cooking: her own favorite foods come from the cuisines of central Europe and the Mediterranean.) In her spare time she gardens (weeding, mostly), studies German and Italian, listens to shortwave and satellite radio, and dabbles in astronomy, computer graphics, iaido, amateur cartography, and desktop publishing ... while also trying to figure out how to make more spare time.

Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."

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I recommend, especially if younger kids are reading these books, that parents try to read them also.
Jennifer Robinson
For those of us who have been following "So You Want To Be A Wizard" series, the next book is always something that is worth looking forward to.
Roger & Cyndy Wilber
Diane Duane has written a book that is very fast paced and full of so many surprises that this series is fully re-invigorated.
Lonnie E. Holder

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By S. Christensen on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've been waiting for someone to review this book for a while now, but I broke down and bought it so maybe I'm going to have to start the ball rolling.

First of all, this is a series book so I'd better give a little background.

Nita Callahan hid in a library once when she was thirteen and found a special book there...a manual of wizardry. For the Powers that created life, the Powers that Be, sometimes enlist a little help in preserving and defending life against the Lone Power that brought entropy and death into the universe. And that is why there are wizards. Together, Nita and her fellow-wizard Kit Rodriguez passed the ordeal that made them wizards. Somehow, they've survived underwater adventures, the cataclysmic Ordeal of Nita's sister, Dairine, wizardry on assignment in Ireland, losing the fight for Nita's mother's life, the depths of grief, and dealing with the Power that almost destroyed the paradise Nita and Kit went on a vacation in.

No sooner do they get back to earth, though, then the local Seniors, Tom and Carl, stop by to drop the biggest bomb ever: something is splitting the universe apart at the seams, wizardry itself is failing, and Nita, Kit, and a few selected others are (for the time-being) in charge of keeping the Earth running! Now even the youngest and most powerful wizards have only a few weeks to find a fix for the problem. It's up to Nita, Kit, Dairine, and the new friends visiting the Callahans' house on exchange to scour the ends of the universe for the answers. They will follow any clue, risk any danger, and pay any price to beat the odds against them, because all of existence as they know it depends on it...

If there's another book in the series this reminds me most of, it's High Wizardry.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2005
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I'm a teen's mom. I've read the other books in this series as my teen son did. This book brings in characters from earlier books, so I would NOT recommend that this book be the first read in the series. This book, along with the earlier books involves ethics. This is all too rare in teen's choices in reading. Each wizard, sometime as a child, was offered an opportunity to take the Wizard's Oath, then submit to an ordeal. This is when a wizard has the most raw power available - untempered yet by experience and need for control. Adults are brought into the books as Senior Wizards, mentors for the children. It is a wonderful way of explaining why the children are asked to save or mend parts of the universe when adults cannot. In this book, the stakes are even higher. The adults forget their magic in an evolving crisis with the whole universe at stake. All young wizards, from earth and far away galaxies, as well as other species such as cats and whales get involved. Some of the characters that were important in earlier books are prepared to give their lives for this battle. Some do, some are transformed in some very interesting twists. As each book ended, I wondered how the author could top that book. And then, I was delighted by the next book written, as was true this time.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By shadodantz on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just because there is 'magic' involved, this series has been compared with that of J. K. Rowling's <u>Harry Potter</u>. That is too simplistic a comparison (rather like comparing Bram Stoker's <u>Dracula</u> to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's <u>le Comte de Saint-Germain</u>).

Though both series have magic as a force extant in the real world, how it is used is completely different.

Ms Rowling's characters use it mostly as a convenience, while for Ms Duane's characters it is more of a tool to accomplish very difficult tasks that (hopefully) slow down the progression of entropy.

Big difference there.

I won't try to summarize this book, don't want to put in spoilers. It has more subplot than its predeccessors, with relationships between the various characters becoming more complex. The original Kit/Nita dynamic, while strong as ever, moves upstage a bit, making way for the newer, sometimes spiky combinations of Dairine/Roshaun, Kit/Ponch, Kit/Carmela, Ronan/'Michael', Carmela/Ronan, and Nita as reluctant, inadvertant sporadic 'foreteller' and Greek chorus.

There is the expected (at least for me) laugh-out-loud scenes that come without warning when Ms. Duane turns things on their ear, as well as the shivers-and-tears-in-the-eyes scenes that aren't necessarily sad. There is loss. There is joy. There is growth, and redemption, and surprise, and determination...and there is also more than a hint that there will be another story in this series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on May 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wizards at War (2005) is the eighth novel in the Young Wizards series, following Wizard's Holiday. In the previous volume, Nita, Kit and Ponch go on excursus to Alaalu and three other wizards -- Sker'ret the centipede, Filif the tree and Roshaun the humanoid King -- come to live in the Callahan basement. Dairine and her temporary house guests notice a little overpressure problem in the Sun and fix it. Meanwhile, Nita, Kit and Ponch discover a glitch in the Alaalid Choice and bring it to the attention of the only living wizard on Alaalu. Quelt modifies the conditions of the Choice and every Alaalid, living or dead, soon dematerializes and takes off for parts unknown.

In this novel, Nita, Kit and Ponch are again called upon to save the universe, this time from an intrusion of living dark matter -- the Pullulus -- that has caused spacetime to expand more rapidly. This effect is also adversely affecting the minds of everyone, especially those past latency, and older people everywhere are becoming more bellicose. Even worse, older wizards are losing their powers and are even forgetting their errantry.

Nita immediately suspects the Lone Power, but her Seniors point out that the Pullulus are hurting It as much as anyone else. Of course, Nita soon learns that It is using the dark matter as a diversion while searching for the embodiment of another Power equivalent to It, yet on the side of Light.

The young wizards transit to the Moon and discover old friends, including Darryl and Ronan. Then they transit beyond to find the source of this new threat. Dairine, Spot and Roshaun travel to the Motherboard to collect data.
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