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Games Wizards Play (Young Wizards Series) Hardcover – February 2, 2016
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“Recommend this series to young teens who devour books about magic and wizards. . . . or kids looking for “Harry Potter” read-alikes.”
Top Customer Reviews
The focus of the 600-plus page book is “The Invitational,” a sort of science fair for young wizards who get mentored as they create then present original spell work. Our main series characters — Nita, Kit, and Dairine — are all asked by the Powers That Be to be mentors. Kat and Nita as a team for an obnoxiously arrogant and sexist boy (Penn Shao-Feng) and Dairine to an Indian girl (Mehrnaz Farrahi) with family issues. In addition to their problematic charges, Kit and Nita together are struggling with the awkwardness of their new boyfriend-girlfriend relationship; Nita alone is having a hard time with some disturbing visions; and Dairine continues to have a hard time with the loss of someone she cared about (in the last book) and with her new sun-monitoring apprenticeship.
Duane has always had a sensitive hand when conveying the personal lives and interactions of her young characters and that remains a strength in Games Wizards Play.Read more ›
The good: We finally got resolution to a helluva cliff hanger from book 8 - where did Roshaun go, his last nanosecond hair raising rescue, and return to the fold.
Nita and Dairene must have the coolest dad in existence.
The not quite so good: Nita and Kit's relationship seems a bit to cautious to be real life teenagers, as they seem waaaay too uncomfortable, and insecure - much like wearing a badly fitting coat, or pair of shoes. The issue flopped back and forth, rubbing and chafing, inviting all to comment on it from their senior wizard advisors to Nita' s dad. Even a kiss was strained - like Nita and Kit were gonna throw a major cerebral hemorrhage leading up to it. I can't honestly believe they haven't found some private time to fool around even a little and explore a bit. The strain seemed way out of the realm of realism, and that sorta got old real quick.
No Filif, very little Sker'ret, minimal Rhiow or her Grand Central world gate crew. Ponch doesn't even make a cameo appearance as dog's version of The One either.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Young Wizards series is one that I grew up on, and I feel so lucky to be able to say that. It's got some light-hearted parts, and some heavy-hearted parts (no spoilers! Read morePublished 5 days ago by L. Adkins
Holy gosh, this one was amazing. Diane Duane in top form, as always.Published 15 days ago by Brittany
I absolutely love this series and this is another great addition to the story. Can't wait for the next book!Published 19 days ago by Jaquelyn G
Games Wizards Play was everything I was looking forward to in the next Young Wizards book! While I think there's less pressing suspense than in other books of the series, as until... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kayla
We start of with our wizards in great danger! Which does not scare me, because I read the title of the book :) Then Nita, Kit, and Dairine are invited to the Big Competition... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylvia McIvers
The 10th in Duane's Young Wizard urban fantasy series excels with surprising allies and unexpected endings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kris Sellgren
Love the series. Great ending. Stop and start somewhat jerky storyline.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer