A Wizard Abroad

A Wizard Abroad

by Diane Duane

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To give Nita a vacation from magic, her parents pack her off for a stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Nita soon finds herself with a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare land.

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ISBN-13: 9780547546797
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Series: Young Wizards Series , #4
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 562,042
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

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

DIANE DUANE is the author of nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including ten books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers, including Spock's World. She lives with her husband in rural Ireland. Visit her online at www.DianeDuane.com and www.youngwizards.com.

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She went out through the little concrete yard to the front of the house, where the front door was open, as Aunt Annie had told her it almost always was, except when everyone had gone to bed. Her aunt was in the big quarry-tiled kitchen making a cup of tea.

"So there you are!" she said. "Did you sleep well? Do you want a cuppa?"

"What? Oh, right. Yes, please," Nita said, and sat down in one of the chairs drawn up around the big blond wood table. One of Aunt Annie's cats, a black-and-white creature, jumped onto her lap: She had forgotten its name too, in the general blur of her arrival. "Hi there," she said to it, stroking it.

"Milk? Sugar?"

"Just sugar, please," Nita said. "Aunt Annie, who were those people out there with the horses?"

Her aunt looked at her. "People with the horses? All the staff have gone home. At least I thought they did."

"No, I heard them. The hooves were right outside my door, but when I looked, they'd gone away. Didn't take them long," she added.

Aunt Annie looked at her again as she came over and put Nita's teacup down. Her expression was rather different this time. "Oh," she said. "You mean the ghosts."

Nita stared.

"Welcome to Ireland," said her aunt.

Copyright © 1993 by Diane Duane

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A Wizard Abroad (digest): The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YES!! My favorite character besides Nita, Kit, and Dairine appears- Ronan!!! Geez, he is a great character!! This book is good. Very good. So good it is rated at six stars by me, the Reading Monarch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read such a brilliant book! When I finished, I complained to my mom to take me to the bookstore to buy the next book. Amazing series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is better than the rest of the books so far. This book is mostly about Nita than any of the other characters. To spice up the book, Duane added a romance between Nita, and a local wizard, named Ronan. This book also had small and epic battles through out the book. This is the book that makes you want to finish the series.
savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nita heads to Ireland (against her will) and finds herself embroiled in wizardry unlike anything she's gone up against. Interlinking Irish Legends into this world of wizardry makes for fascinating reading while we also start to watch the changes teenage life brings to Nita.Discovery follows surprise discovery as Nita also learns a bit about her ancestry and its link to the world of wizards! A very entertaining read.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The fourth book in the series has Nita traveling across the ocean to Ireland, per her parents' request. They are nervous about how much time she has been spending with Kit and this wizarding stuff, and aren't even sure themselves which is more frightening to them. They think that by making her take a break, they can lessen the intensity of her new world; not realizing, of course, that the magic will follow her wherever she goes. Which is precisely what happens.Soon after Nita arrives, she discovers that she is accidentally sliding between worlds, or dimensions, and that the fabric of space and reality is being pulled apart. Oh, and her aunt, who her parents asked to watch her to take her away from magic, is a wizard. Ireland is rife with wizards, in fact; the whole country is saturated in magic, which is partly why the Lone Power chose that place to try to force the ghosts of the past into the present and rewrite history. Nita becomes involved in a confrontation that impacts more people than she has ever worked with before, including Kit, who pops over to lend a hand, and Ronan, an attractive teenage Irish wizard. This is the longest book in Duane's series thus far, and, unfortunately, the one I have liked least. Not that it's bad, it just doesn't compare as well to the first three entries in the series. The conflict is epic, involving hundreds of wizards dishing out some real battle magic that hasn't been seen in the series yet. I enjoyed that aspect of the story, but it took so long to get to that point. The book would have benefited by some condensing. I had the feeling that Duane was so enamored with Ireland that she felt the need to wax poetic about it and lingered there longer than necessary. After all, the previous story hopped across galaxies and landed on several fascinating planets, and was a much smaller length than this novel. Even Nita's romance with Ronan didn't keep me from wishing that the story was a little shorter (or maybe I was just surprised, since I was convinced that Nita and Kit were a sure thing). After reading it, I thought it was a good story with a great climax, but too drawn out to sustain tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found it at the library and now it is my life to me
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I read the books before this one, and rhey were all amazing. This ine was a let down. It was so boring, I am having to start another series called the The Lost Years of Merlin. It's a great series. Look fr the - Mark for my reviews fr other books and The Lost Years of Merlin!