Deep Wizardry

Deep Wizardry

by Diane Duane

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Coming to the aid of a wounded whale, Kit and Nita are plunged into deep wizardry. The whale is a wizard, and she enlists Kit and Nita in battle against the sinister Lone Power. Becoming whales themselves, Nita and Kit join in an ancient ritual performed by whales, dolphins, and a single fearsome shark. But which poses more of a danger: the Lone Power, or ed'Rashtekaresket, the enormous shark as old as the sea?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547538662
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: Young Wizards Series , #2
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 440,566
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

DIANE DUANE is the author of more then twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including four other books in the Young Wizards series. Four of her Star Trek novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Ms. Duane 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 and

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Summer Night's Song

There were no streetlights there, and the stars she loved were bright. After a while she stood up in the shoulder-high water, watching the sky. Back up on the beach, Ponch was barking, excited and noisy. He can't have found Kit that fast, Nita thought. Probably something distracted him. A crab, maybe. A dead fish. A shark . . .

Something pushed her in the back, hard. Nita gasped and whipped around in the water, thinking, This is it, there are too sharks here and I'm dead! The sight of the slick-skinned shape in the water stopped her breath-until she realized what she was looking at. A slender body, ten feet long; a blowhole and an amused eye that looked at her sidelong; and a long bleak face that wore a permanent smile. She reached out a hesitant hand, and under her touch the dolphin turned lazily, rolling sideways, brushing her with skin like warm, moonlit satin.

She was immensely relieved. "Dai'stiho," she said, greeting the swimmer in the Tongue that wizards use, the language that she'd learned from her manual and that all creatures understand. She expected no more answer than a fizz or squeak as the dolphin returned the greeting and went about its business.

But the dolphin rolled back toward her and looked at her in what seemed to be shock. "A wizard! " it said in an urgent whistle. Nita had no time to answer; the dolphin dived and its tail slapped the surface, spraying her. By the time Nita rubbed the salt sting out of her eyes, there was nothing near her but the usual roaring breakers.

Copyright © 1985 by Diane Duane

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Deep Wizardry (So You Want to Be a Wizard Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time while waiting for the release of the fourth Harry Potter book, looking for something to fill the empty space. To my surprise, I found a book that I would argue is at least as good as Harry Potter--and perhaps better.

The second book in Diane Duane's YOUNG WIZARDS series starts with middle school friends, Nita and Kit, on vacation together with Nita's family at the beach. They think it's going to be just another summer, but they couldn't be more mistaken. Nita and Kit are both wizards, and the forces of evil don't take vacations. The job of wizards is to fight the Lone Power, the one who created death and continually attempts to trick people into accepting it. Wizards work with spells learned from their wizards' manuals, and the use of the Speech, a language that all things, animate or inanimate, understand.

When Nita and Kit are summoned to help a whale wizard who's been wounded by whalers, they find out that things have not been going well in the Sea, and that if the wizards don't do something about it soon, the problems may spread to land in the form of earthquakes and tidal waves. The solution is to perform the Song of the Twelve in order to bind the Lone Power and keep It from wreaking havoc on the east coast. And in the case of these two young wizards, they have to do all this while keeping their powers secret from their parents, who are beginning to wonder what they spend their days doing.

The main characters are compelling, but the supporting cast is just as strong, consisting of equal numbers of whales and humans. Duane's portrayal of life under the sea, and the ways that humans can unknowingly affect it, is insightful and true. The tension rises throughout the story, so that every scene is more intense than the next.

I must have read this book ten times, and every time I get to the ending, I'm so caught up in it that I can't put it down until I'm done. The language of the story itself is beautifully descriptive, not just of the underwater world, but also of the characters' emotions. A story about friendship, duty, and sacrifice whose truth and beauty still amaze me, more than six years down the road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Young Wizards series is wonderful! Nita and Kit return once more, this time for an unforgettable beach vacation and a magical encounter with Sea wizards, including whales, dolphins, and an ancient shark. Filled with excitement, wit, and magic, Diane Duane has done it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book but not as goid as the first
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was awsome
Jonathan Guilherme More than 1 year ago
great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book, but it can get a little confusing if the reader isn't old enough, or if you don't pay attention carefully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love marine life and wizards so I was in heaven!!!! To tell you the truth I cried at the end. I know it's lame but it made me love life a little more...
bluesalamanders on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having survived their Ordeal, Nita and Kit are on vacation with Nita's family when they are put on call. They meet up with some friendly local sea life in time to participate in a large-scale wizardry set to save the whole east coast and North Atlantic.Deep Wizardry is one of my favorite in this series. The story is heartbreaking, the additional characters are wonderful with surprising depths and the undersea setting has both beautiful descriptions and incredible dangers.
nilchance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this as a kid. Terrified and fascinated by deep water ever since. Like Harry Potter with teeth.
savageknight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic follow-up novel! Although the majority of the story happens under water (as whales!) there is still so much action and characterization that makes this book a page-turner.I must admit to especially loving the interactions between Nita's parents and our two young wizards as seeing her "grow up" through their eyes was quite touching.The Lone Power attempts to escape from a thousands-year old prison that took down Atlantis and it's up to the Wizards of the Ocean to do what they can to keep him bound. But at quite a cost!Wonderful book!
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With much of the force of the original book in the series, Deep Wizardry is my favorite so far. (Hopefully I've never written that about any of the other books!) In this installment, Nita and Kit are at the beach. Kit tagged along on the family vacation, not realizing that he and Nita would soon be on assignment to help other wizards - whales. Something nasty is stirring in the depths, and the whales need to reenact The Song of the Twelve. Due to the death of their senior wizard, though, they need reinforcements. Nita and Kit volunteer, and even agree to take roles in the reenactment, if necessary. With the help of a little magic, they assume the form of whales, and embark on their second wizard mission, underwater. Nita agrees to fulfil the role of The Silent Lord, not knowing what her job will ultimately entail.The Song of the Twelve is strong magic, intended to renew the bounds of the Lone One's prison under the sea floor. In order for the spell to work, every creature must sing their part, and they must mimic the original actions of the first participant exactly. Since The Silent Lord sacrificed herself in the first encounter, Nita is expected to follow that example, in the same fashion: The Pale Slayer, the master shark, has to eat her.Why is this book my favorite? It combines the magical battles of the other books, where the stakes are always high and Nita and Kit partner to beat the odds, with a greater poignancy. Nita's choice to willingly sacrifice herself for the sake of her family and friends is touching. Her friendship with Ed, the Pale Slayer, is wonderful. They develop a true bond, one powerful enough to convince the shark to accept Nita's sacrifice as his own. Ed himself is such a character. He is vicious but sharply witty. He easily flops between black-eyed hunger and grim jokes. He is scarily powerful. With these elements, the book is a standout. I would recommend reading the series just to discover this particular novel.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful addition to the series. In this outing, Nita and Kit help the whale wizards reenact the defeat of the lone power. In essence, the book is about a whale passion play. Deeply moving.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So far, this is my favorite of the series. Maybe I was just unusually emotionally vulnerable when I was reading it, but I found myself tearing up more than once while I was reading this -- it's very emotionally powerful and Duane doesn't pull her punches.
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Caleb Barwick More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, but not as good as Harry Potter...
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