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After my disappointment in Wizard s Holiday and the cliffhanger ending that led into this book, I wasn t sure what I would get or how I would like it Well, I am now officially protesting only being allowed to give a book five stars This deserve every star ever born This was phenomenal, and a definite one to read with a box of tissues close at hand There will be sad tears and happy tears alike I m really impressed with how Duane managed to turn Roshaun s character around Not that he stops After my disappointment in Wizard s Holiday and the cliffhanger ending that led into this book, I wasn t sure what I would get or how I would like it Well, I am now officially protesting only being allowed to give a book five stars This deserve every star ever born This was phenomenal, and a definite one to read with a box of tissues close at hand There will be sad tears and happy tears alike I m really impressed with how Duane managed to turn Roshaun s character around Not that he stops being a pompous ass, mind you But withbackground on him and his situation on his home planet, andtime spent with him as he and Dairine become friends, lends a lot to being able to appreciate his character better I even came to appreciate his pompousness D Filif and Skeer ret continue to be great, we get some great character development for Carmela and Ponch, some expected, and some very much not expected That Duane can still surprise her readers this far into the series is a testament to her skill as a writer This is a long book, with a few different POVs, and it s necessary This is the culmination of the series up to this point We see characters returning from previous books, and we understand the stakes after the various travels we ve seen our main three characters have done over the previous seven books This was tense and the prose was beautiful as ever This series easily could ve ended here most other authors would build up to the Doom Day book and end it Duane doesn t do that She leaves just enough to hint at future stories, maybe not ones that will be as intense or as high stakes as this one, but still stories worth telling And after this long with her, I m willing to go along with the ride I can t say muchwithout spoiling a bunch of stuff, but I ve decided that this is the secret about dogs the Colonel was going to tell Dean Winchester before the dog talking spell wore off (((READ BOOK))) ↯ Wizards at War ⇧ 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 imaginedBut 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 It s hard to say things about this one without spoiling it especially as the completely unexpected resolution is genuinely heart breaking but farso if you don t know about it.But there are some brilliantly unsettling bits quite apart from that The scene with Tom and Nita is very effective, as are the equivalent ones on the alien planets, and the section in the Throne Room.And not forgetting the enjoyably tense climax which involves no less than three Deus ex Machina although she does It s hard to say things about this one without spoiling it especially as the completely unexpected resolution is genuinely heart breaking but farso if you don t know about it.But there are some brilliantly unsettling bits quite apart from that The scene with Tom and Nita is very effective, as are the equivalent ones on the alien planets, and the section in the Throne Room.And not forgetting the enjoyably tense climax which involves no less than three Deus ex Machina although she does cop out a little in the aftermath, which cheats somewhat in resolving things But that s a small niggle in an epic story that doesn t ever feel rushed yes, I know that s not really what they are But they sure feel like it when they are slightly unsubtly introduced at their various points they might as well have been suddenly dropped in with no warning, which is what a proper DeM is OK, apart from the last one If Dairine s computer s incessant chanting of Uh oh are any indication, there s about to be trouble.When Tom and Carl ask to come over, Nita, Kit, Dairine and their guests hope it s just a normal house call Maybe a little debrief of why there were suddenly no higher ranking wizards around last week during the events of Wizard s Holiday But surely nothing earth shattering after all the work they just went through, right Wrong.A malevolent blackness is pushing the universe apart, warping old If Dairine s computer s incessant chanting of Uh oh are any indication, there s about to be trouble.When Tom and Carl ask to come over, Nita, Kit, Dairine and their guests hope it s just a normal house call Maybe a little debrief of why there were suddenly no higher ranking wizards around last week during the events of Wizard s Holiday But surely nothing earth shattering after all the work they just went through, right Wrong.A malevolent blackness is pushing the universe apart, warping older wizards perceptions, and tearing the very fabric of wizardry Soon no adult wizard will remember their wizardry and shortly after that, wizardry itself will fail to function It s up to the young wizards of Earth and other planets to both protect their homes and battle the incoming threat.But Nita, Kit and company have news of a secret weapon that not only will drive back this darkness, but may set the Lone Power back a few notches, permanently Only problem is they have no idea what it is or where it is.It ll be a war for the history books, alright That is, if there s any society left afterwardIf you were waiting for something to happen this series, wait no longer This book seems to be what all the others were leading up to It draws on and references every single other book in the series, and it does so masterfully.I continued to love the characters Not only do our alien friends return forfleshing out, but a few older acquaintances show up for an encore Histories, families, specialties and personalities are all built upon to delight even the most obscure fandom Yes, even the one for the Lone Power.This book is looooong As such, its pacing is set at a chapterly stride Each chapter provides an easy stopping point for you to breathe and re group Not saying that you won t want to continue reading at all, but I did find it a little difficult to read it all in one go Simply put, there is a lot of information to pack in here and occasional or frequent breaks are helpful to aid digestion.Once again, the narration is split between Nita, Kit and Dairine, though this time it seemsequally distributed However, the narration isn t always obvious as there are a lot of other characters, environments and action to focus on The 3rd person limited tinges on 3rd person omniscient at times, but not obviously or irritatingly so.With so many narrators, so many locations, and the added effect that the narrators split up a lot in the middle, the plot can seem a little non linear It reminds me a little of The Two Towers in that respect, when it switches between the two hobbits and Aragorn s group and Frodo s, if you re thinking about the movie If you aren t reading it all at once, or if you start to get confused, perhaps taking notes on each narrator s journey might be best, instead of cataloging the entire plot linearly.I assure you, if you ve hung through the series this far, you are in for quite a treat.Approximate Reading Time 7.5 hours Wow, this book was intense.Remember how I complained that in the seventh book of The Young Wizard series the plot took forever to take off The eighth book pulls no punches, and the tension s there from the very first chapter.You definitely need to have read the prior books in the series start with So You Want to Be a Wizard before picking up Wizards at War, which builds upon the prior books, reintroduces characters, and starts almost immediately where the last book left off.In the last book, Wow, this book was intense.Remember how I complained that in the seventh book of The Young Wizard series the plot took forever to take off The eighth book pulls no punches, and the tension s there from the very first chapter.You definitely need to have read the prior books in the series start with So You Want to Be a Wizard before picking up Wizards at War, which builds upon the prior books, reintroduces characters, and starts almost immediately where the last book left off.In the last book, Tom and Carl weren t strangely weren t in contact Now we find out why The universe is ending Entropy has suddenly speed up with the appearance of ominous dark matter that is pushing apart galaxies Wizardry is failing, and soon people will cease to care about all but material things The senior wizards will lose their powers first, along with any memories of wizardry every existing It s up to the young wizards to save the universe Suddenly Nita began to understand the feeling she d read about in books, but never really understood the feeling that it was genuinely all over, that nothing further could be done except to go out as well as you could Kit and Nita have just gotten back from the events of the prior book, and the three alien house guests are still present Kit, Nita, Dairine, Filif, Sker ret, and Roshaun are joined by Ronan, from A Wizard Abroad, in a trek across galaxies to try and get to the heart of the problem Their quest will take them to a world darker than any seen before, one that belongs completely to the Lone Power So there s still hope Always hope, said the mirror scaled koi But you can t just sit there and stare at it You have to do something with it Everything about this book was fantastic All the character building scenes of the previous books paid off here when beloved and familiar characters suddenly face something they ve never seen the likes of The book was incredibly paced, the moments of humor were a wonderful release, the aforementioned characters were great, and there so many scenes that were genuinely moving There was particularly something that happened near the end with one of my favorite characters that really gets me.On the subject of favorite characters, Wizards at War has given me an incredible love for Carmela Rodriguez She s been very good in the last few books, but here she moves from endearing to truly awesome.I really, really loved Wizards at War If you re a fan of the series, I think you ll likely to love it as much as I do If you haven t read any of the Young Wizards books, why not It s one of the best YA fantasy series out there, and if you re at all a fan of the genre you should be giving it a look.Originally posted on The Illustrated Page I hadn t read any of Diane Duane s Young Wizards novels in years, and then, while cleaning up for Christmas, I found book seven, which a friend had given me months before I read it, then had to re read books 1 6, and then re read book seven Then, while my husband was away, I ordered books eight and nine.The thing I love about Duane s series is that while it s technically a young adult series, or even meant for kids younger than middle school, it s deep enough to appeal to adults as well I fi I hadn t read any of Diane Duane s Young Wizards novels in years, and then, while cleaning up for Christmas, I found book seven, which a friend had given me months before I read it, then had to re read books 1 6, and then re read book seven Then, while my husband was away, I ordered books eight and nine.The thing I love about Duane s series is that while it s technically a young adult series, or even meant for kids younger than middle school, it s deep enough to appeal to adults as well I find, actually, that much of what is considered YA today isinteresting and provocative than the literature marketed as contemporary fiction or literary fiction for adults.Kit and Nita, along with Nita s sister Dairene, and some wizardly foreign very foreign not of this earth exchange students have grown up somewhat, and the stories now take place in a now that s post 9 11, even though the timeline remains consistent within itself That s confusing, I know, but basically it means that even if time outside the books has jumped years, the book that was written in 1988 is still a month before the book written in 1990, or whatever, but both are in whatever was now at the time of writing , so it s nice to see them using current technology at home.This book, however, with the expanding blackness, the adult wizards losing sight of their magic, etc., seems very much a post modern fairy tale, and the darkness in the book world, while exaggerated, seems to fit perfectly with the tensions going on in reality I wouldn t have been surprised if Duane had worked in an Occupy the Crossroads plotline, except this was written a few years ago.Even so, the stories continue to be gripping Dairene s maturation as a person is interesting to watch, and there are hints of changes to the dynamic between Kit and Nita.Dog lovers will appreciate both the sensitivity with which a certain character s story is ended, and the humor that comes in an old joke.Goes well with macaroni and cheese Trust me on this it s a book that requires comfort food When I found this book at my library, I was ecstatic The Young Wizards series has a fine tradition of excellence which was well carried on in this book Functional magic is a beautiful thing For specifics, I found the plot perfectly paced, the characters wonderfully written as usual, the emotion elegantly and subtly handled, andI ll stop It s impossible for me to write an unbiased review of the Young Wizards series But I would like to point out that Roshaun and Dairine s relationship coul When I found this book at my library, I was ecstatic The Young Wizards series has a fine tradition of excellence which was well carried on in this book Functional magic is a beautiful thing For specifics, I found the plot perfectly paced, the characters wonderfully written as usual, the emotion elegantly and subtly handled, andI ll stop It s impossible for me to write an unbiased review of the Young Wizards series But I would like to point out that Roshaun and Dairine s relationship could have been written horribly, but instead it came across as incredibly realistic Hopefully I ll be able to check out book 9 next week So much stuff happened on this book, I don t know where to begin I like how it basically continued where the last book left off It flowed really well, and it kept the new exchange wizards in the story as well as bringing back some old acquaintances It s cool to see how everything ties back together.The scale of things in this story is muchvast than any of the previous In some ways, the bug planet reminded me of the first book A world that was lost to the Lone Power.Honestly, it s inte So much stuff happened on this book, I don t know where to begin I like how it basically continued where the last book left off It flowed really well, and it kept the new exchange wizards in the story as well as bringing back some old acquaintances It s cool to see how everything ties back together.The scale of things in this story is muchvast than any of the previous In some ways, the bug planet reminded me of the first book A world that was lost to the Lone Power.Honestly, it s interesting to see the familiar relationship the main characters have with him.Anyway, this book was quite enjoyable In Wizards at War, Nita and Kit team up with a set of the most widely ranged allies and aliens one can imagine to try and save not just Earth, but the entire universe.Hoo boy Let s try this without spoilers Well, I can say that I definitely enjoyed this part of the series a great dealthan the Wizard Holiday that came before My biggest issue with the previous novel in this series that it took too long, for my tastes at least, before anything actually happened Wizards at War does not ha In Wizards at War, Nita and Kit team up with a set of the most widely ranged allies and aliens one can imagine to try and save not just Earth, but the entire universe.Hoo boy Let s try this without spoilers Well, I can say that I definitely enjoyed this part of the series a great dealthan the Wizard Holiday that came before My biggest issue with the previous novel in this series that it took too long, for my tastes at least, before anything actually happened Wizards at War does not have that problem.Not at all.You re plunged into the plot pretty much immediately and the plot feels big It feels like this is what we ve been building up to throughout the series So many little parts of the previous novels weave together and fall into place Things that looked completely random now have a reason and make sense once you view it from the The Powers that Be are masters of sneaky and manipulation point of view.Something we so very often see in teen fantasy novels is that adults are either obstacles or incompetent and that that is the reason why it s up to the kids to save the world I think that the author came up with a very clever plot to take the adults out of the equation in this novel, though not completely Nita still worries about her dad, with good reason, the adults that aren t there still matter to the characters but are incapable of helping or stepping up.I have to say, one thing in particular when it comes to the above thing hit me right in the feels with an unexpected level of ouch.I won t say what, but you ll definitely know when you read it.Granted, there were some things that I wasn t a fan of I can t really go into detail about that, because spoilers First of all, it seemed to me that two of the characters were kind of being pushed towards a romance and the age of the involved characters made me feel very uncomfortable Additionally, to me, it kind of seems like the heroes got off too easy, sacrifices that were made were reversed Granted, these are teen novels, but the author has shown in the past that she didn t shy away from killing off characters, but this time it kind of feels like she did Oh, I know, there is that one, but I can t help but have the sneaking suspicion that that too will be reversed in the next novel Diane Duane needs to personally apologize to me for everything regarding Ponch as I feel personally attacked.