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Wizards at War (Young Wizards #8)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,902 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Nita and Kit return from their wizardly holiday, looking forward to getting back to their everyday routine. But there's trouble brewing. A strange darkness of the mind and heart is about to befall the older wizards of the world, stealing away their power. Soon, the young wizards of Earth and many other planets find themselves forced to defend wizards and nonwizards alike a ...more
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2005)
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It's hard to say things about this one without spoiling it - especially as the completely unexpected resolution is genuinely heart-breaking but far more so if you don't know about it.

But there are some brilliantly unsettling bits quite apart from that. The scene with Tom and Nita is very effective, as are the equivalent ones on the alien planets, and the section in the Throne Room.

And not forgetting the enjoyably tense climax (which involves no less than three Deus ex Machina*) although she does
Dixie A.
I cried so much over this book, you don't even know. The author does the unforgivable -- she messes with the dog. But then all is put right at the end. Yes, this is a SPOILER, but one that I think should be mandatory in all works of fiction where dogs are endangered. The dog is all right in the end! Doesn't matter if civilization as we know has been destroyed, so long as the dog's okay.

Anyway, this book is about all life in the universe coming to an end due to the ever increasing expansion of da
OK, I get that this is war against the Lone Power. I get that war is serious. But does Duane have to kill off popular characters in every single book? I'll admit that this was a decent book in spite of my rating. However, it is unable to stand alone due to trying to use virtually every single character that has appeared in this series. And I did not like the way death apparently has to appear in each and every title lately. I suspect Duane is trying to get through to teens just how special life ...more
I hadn’t read any of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards novels in years, and then, while cleaning up for Christmas, I found book seven, which a friend had given me months before. I read it, then had to re-read books 1-6, and then re-read book seven. Then, while my husband was away, I ordered books eight and nine.

The thing I love about Duane’s series is that while it’s technically a young adult series, or even meant for kids younger than middle school, it’s deep enough to appeal to adults as well. (I fi
Possibly the most epic and whirlwind Young Wizards book yet.

The strange goings-on in the universe are coming to a head. Entropy seems to be forcing space to expand at a dangerous rate, and a weird dark entity is being spotted in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Lone Power is obviously up to something...but what?

Worst of all, the expansion is causing Senior wizards everywhere to lose their powers...and eventually their memories. Without their advice and experience, it literally is up to the "y
Third time's the charm. This is at least the third time I've checked this out from the library. This time I finally finished it before returning it. The other times I would wait until the due date and then just return it because I hadn't started it or hadn't read more than a few pages. I really wanted to read it, but it felt so long and involved and I didn't have the time needed to devote to it. I know it's not a 1,000-page book or anything, but still quite long and not a book I wanted to rush t ...more
When I found this book at my library, I was ecstatic. The Young Wizards series has a fine tradition of excellence which was well carried on in this book. Functional magic is a beautiful thing. For specifics, I found the plot perfectly paced, the characters wonderfully written as usual, the emotion elegantly and subtly handled, and...I'll stop. It's impossible for me to write an unbiased review of the Young Wizards series. But I would like to point out that Roshaun and Dairine's relationship coul ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I have finally caught up with this series! I don't know if that's exciting or depressing.

This book is much longer than the other books in the series and, accordingly, deals with a much more complicated and detailed plot than in the beginning of the series. It takes place immediately after book 7 and contains most of the same "extras".

The interactions between the characters felt like I was watching something real - something unscripted. It captured my attention and didn't let go. Still a fast re
Julie Decker
In the past, Nita and Kit and their wizard friends have fought the Lone Power with their wizardry. But what happens when the universe starts to break apart and wizardry itself isn't working properly? What's worse, the adult wizards start to lose their abilities first, so they aren't really available to guide the more powerful child wizards through the necessary fixes. The young wizards--Nita, Kit, Dairine, Ronan, Filif, Sker'ret, Roshaun, and Kit's dog Ponch attempt to stop the dark matter respo ...more
It's the latest installment of So You Want To Be A Wizard, so it probably won't make as much sense if you read it before reading any of the other ones. The theology has always been rather murky, but in this book it was plain loopy. Still, a good story. As an author, I was quite angry with the fact that nearly everyone who died didn't stay dead, but I must admit I did not want to see those particular characters leave. As far as sequels go, it was a pretty good volume, although some people might b ...more
Dark matter is suddenly growing at an alarming rate throughout the universe. Space-time is convulsing as a result. Wizardry is failing rapidly, and this is affecting older and more experienced wizards first. Hardly rested up from saving the solar system over their vacation, Nita and Kit must now join their young cohorts across all the galaxies to save the entire universe from an eon of darkness and suffering.

As always Duane skillfully seasons high fantasy with its cosmic struggle of good vs. evi
Sarah Wagner
The events of this installment immediately follow what happened in the previous book, and Diarine's extra guests join Kit and Nita and company to try to save the universe as they know it. As adult wizards begin to loose their powers, the fate of the universe is placed in the hands of the young and Nita, Dita, and their friends embark on intergalactic adventures as they attempt to trace the problem affecting wizardry before its too late. I didn't enjoy this installment as much as previous ones, a ...more
Like pretty much every Young Wizards book, this book kept me hooked and got me to tear up. For all that, though, I feel like Duane's editors have let her a little off the leash in the last couple installations, because the plot's allowed to meander a little -- which conflicts a little oddly from the catastrophic atmosphere she otherwise handles ably in 'Wizards at War,' and makes it, at the slowest points, feel like 'Wizards on a Fetch Quest with a Deadline.' But even these slower spots are leav ...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
If Dairine's computer's incessant chanting of 'Uh-oh' are any indication, there's about to be trouble.

When Tom and Carl ask to come over, Nita, Kit, Dairine and their guests hope it's just a normal house call. Maybe a little debrief of why there were suddenly no higher-ranking wizards around last week (during the events of Wizard's Holiday)? But surely nothing earth-shattering after all the work they just went through, right?


A malevolent blackness is pushing the universe apart, warping old
Jacqueline Brocker
Book 8 of the Young Wizards series, and Duane continues in her usual way - that is to say, very well indeed. Her sense of humour that pervades the books is wonderful, and works to build rapport and connection between the characters, which in turn makes it all the more wrenching when the inevitable sacrifices come at the end (I won't say who, for that would ruin the impact). In this adventure, Duane ups the stakes and thrusts the wizarding power entirely into the hands of young wizards as dark ma ...more
Emma Mcdonald
This is the eighth book in the Young Wizards series. It continues the story of Nita, Kit, Ponch, and the other young wizards they've met on other worlds. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend you start with the first book and work your way to this one. Diane continues her story without any kind of prologue. There are brief references to events in the earlier books without any kind of recap of the sequence of events. In this story Nita, Kit, and the crew (including Kit's older siste ...more
As is often the case in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, something big is going wrong. This time, however, it is not a single world that is being threatened. The entire universe is coming apart at the seams and in order to stop it, Nita, Kit, Dairine, and several side-characters from previous books have to go undercover on a planet that lives under the ironclad fist of the Lone Power itself. Worst of all, they can't tell anybody where they're going, not even those they trust the most.

This boo
Wizards at War follows very directly on from Wizard's Holiday and brings in characters and threads from all of the books back to So You Want to Be a Wizard. When Nita and Kit return from their holiday, they find Nita's house still full of alien wizards, and they also find out wizardry is failing and the universe itself is threatened. The cameos from previous books could be on the self-indulgent side, but Duane handles them deftly enough to avoid that, and the story wraps up plot threads satisfyi ...more
Number 8 in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane. Nita and Kit have to save the universe. Again.

If you haven't read the rest of the series, DO NOT start here. You will be so lost. And it has major spoilers for the previous books too. It does revisit a scene from High Wizardry, so that was fun, and it links closely with the previous book, Wizard's Holiday.

So without spoiling it in case you want to read the series and haven't yet, let me say that the universe is in a rather odd crisis. Dark mat
Latest in the Young Wizards series is Wizards at War by Diane Duane.
Diane Duane was writing about boys and girls becoming wizards long before Harry Potter was ever envisioned. The premise is nothing less than every wizard is trying to stop the heat death of the universe. Yeah, pretty big stuff. I really love that the wizardry is all scientifically based (You want to go to the moon? Remember to bring air, heat and take into account the orbital velocities of the Earth and Moon, as well as the velo
The eighth book in the Young Wizard's series. Once again Diane Duane has written a story wrapping wizardry, science, and religion into one storyline. When expanding dark matter threatens to destroy the universe itself Nita and Kit have to find a way to stop it. The problem is that the expanding dark matter is affecting the way wizardry works and causing all of the adult wizards to lose their power, and even forget that wizardry exists. Nita and Kit have a lot of help this time with a virtual Uni ...more
I know this is a crazy series, but I read the first few books when I was young and I'm finally reading the rest after having found them again. These books are a bizarre mix of wizardry, science, and religious philosophy, but I like the crossing of the boundaries. The author is very creative, and by this point in the series I just had to laugh, since a baseball-hat-wearing Christmas tree, a purple centipede, a cosmic pig, and a godly dog are pretty weird if you just pick up the 8th book and read ...more
This time the universe really is in trouble. Something is stopping the older wizards believing in magic, and making normal people more aggressive. It is up to the younger wizards to save the day. This is a clever story that answers a lot of questions from the previous books in the series. It is a page turner, but the end did feel speeded up somewhat. A good read.
Molly G

Continues to be a great series, and each installment just gets better. Remarkably mature, sophisticated fantasy. And while I love all the characters tremendously (and this installment particularly for bringing so many of them together!), want to say that Nita belongs in the pantheon with Katniss and Hermione of fantastic modern female protagonists, for young readers of any persuasion to identify with. And I may like her as a role-model even more than the wartime-/combat-ba
Allison Tang
Great book, and great lesson!

I liked how the importance of sacrifice is expressed in this book. And though I don't like the idea of Ponch "dying", the truth and pain of sacrifice is even more thoroughly expressed that way, by a character all the readers should love.
I very much loved the beginning of this book - Duane brings in a lot of half-forgotten characters and places and dropped plot threads and tries to give a cohesive picture of the wizarding world and I'm a real sucker for that sort of thing. Over all, this is, for me, the best of the books since book 3.

There are still some serious issues with pacing and the pseudo-Biblical parallels get kind of weird in parts. But I really liked how much this book felt like a change of pace - the books previous ha
Jul 19, 2010 Aviva rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys reading about magic, cats and young people :-)
I just rediscovered Diane Duane and in less than a week caught up with her Young Wizards series' books 6-8.

It's been several years (5?) since I read book #5, and yet as soon as I picked up #6, I fell right back in love with the characters. My library classifies this series as youth/juvenile fiction, but I apparently still identify well with teens and pre-teens because I was right there on the edge of my chair as I read them.

I will be forever grateful to the man who introduced me to Diane Duane
The final book (or so I've heard) in Duane's Young Wizards Series. I'm rather sad about this. I've been reading these since I was the age of the protagonists, starting with the wonderful "So You Want to Be a Wizard", and in the last couple of books she's introduced some really amazing new characters. But this book was great, one of the best, really, with all the gang getting lots of time on the page: Nita, Kit, Dairine, Ponch, Carmela, Ronan, and the others we've come to love are all there, savi ...more
This book is extraordinary. To use a cliche but entirely accurate phrase: I couldn't put it down. Read it now (especially if you love the series in general, Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time, or any such similar books.)
This book was a tricky one; it didn't pull punches and was one of the sadder ones that Duana has written, but it was also exciting and compelling and a good read. I enjoyed the way it flowed naturally from the previosu book, more a sequel than a new installment, and I am still in awe of how well Duane doas at balancing character fidelity and evolution.
And I was so angry at the end of the book, but in the good way that means that the author got you and didn't let go and that's both a wonderful an
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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Other Books in the Series

Young Wizards (10 books)
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards, #1)
  • Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards, #2)
  • High Wizardry (Young Wizards, #3)
  • A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards, #4)
  • The Wizard's Dilemma (Young Wizards, #5)
  • A Wizard Alone (Young Wizards, #6)
  • Wizard's Holiday (Young Wizards, #7)
  • A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, #9)
  • Games Wizards Play (Young Wizards, #10)
So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards, #1) Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards, #2) A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards, #4) High Wizardry (Young Wizards, #3) Wizard's Holiday (Young Wizards, #7)

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