Deep Wizardry

Deep Wizardry

by Diane Duane

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ISBN-13: 9780613004329
Publisher: Bt Bound
Publication date: 10/01/1999
Series: Young Wizards Series , #2
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Diane Duane is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, and is best known for her Young Wizards young adult fantasy series books. She is also the author of several Star Trek novels, including Spock’s World, a New York Timesbestseller. Duane is a two-time John W. Campbell Award nominee for best new writer. She lives with her husband in Ireland.

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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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