Sunday, September 18, 2005

Wizards at War

WIZARDS AT WAR, by Diane Duane (Harcourt 2005), is the latest (eight) novel in her Young Wizards series, which started some twenty years ago with SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD. Like the others in this series, WaW features Kit and Nita, thirteen-year-old wizards who must deal with the mundane of family and school while trying to save the universe from Evil.

Duane is among the most effective I have read at combining fantasy and science elements in a coherent, logical fashion that does not completely violate the Laws of Thermodynamics. The novels are funny, fast-paced, suspenseful, and above all, smart.

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