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*****= An all-time favorite
****Wizards at War
by Diane Duane
Reviewed December 17, 2006.
Harcourt, Orlando, 2005. 552 pages.
War is the
eighth book in Diane Duane’s magnificent Young Wizards series. In this book, nothing less than the existence
of the entire universe is at stake. All
the wizards must work together to try to combat it, but naturally we
and Kit, and their families and friends (like the alien wizards who had
visiting on an exchange program) in the thick of it.
To make matters worse, all the older wizards
are losing their powers. So Nita and Kit
end up having responsibility for the whole earth.
almost more like
science fiction than fantasy, since it deals with intergalactic travel
structure of the universe. However,
wizards are the ones appointed by the One to look after things.
I like the
behind these stories. All the wizards
are servants of the One and get their strength from the Powers That Be. Each civilization is given the Choice by the
Lone Power—whether to choose death or not. In
this book, the fate of the universe hangs on the Choice
made by an
alien species, though there’s plenty for our heroes to do besides work
I read this
book just before
I read Harold S. Kushner’s How
Good Do We Have To Be? in which he suggests
that God wanted Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of the
Knowledge of Good
and Evil. I like the picture this book
presents, where, yes, death has some good things that come along with
it’s still better to choose to put it aside.
So here we
have a good story,
characters we care deeply about, and some cosmic questions to consider. Each book in this series seems to get deeper
into questions about life, the universe and everything.
The first book, So You Want To Be a Wizard?
is a more typical, but excellent, fantasy story. With
each book, the scope gets bigger. I can’t
help but wonder what her next book
will be about. How do you come up with a
scope bigger than the existence of the universe?
A Wizard Alone
Games Wizards Play
Stealing the Elf-King's Roses
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All