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A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards #4)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  8,539 ratings  ·  123 reviews
To give Nita a vacation from magic, Nita’s parents pack her off for a month-long stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Ireland is even more steeped in magical doings than the United States, and Nita soon finds herself and a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare Ireland--a realm where humankind is the stuff of tales and storybooks, and where the l ...more
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1993)
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A good book, but a bit dense. I understand that Duane wanted to use Ireland as the backdrop of one of her novels, she lives there afterall. But if I, as a history major, had trouble following all the Irish lore that she throws into the story, what would a 10-14 year old feel? It's a bit like wading through Beowulf or Tolkien. That might be what she was going for, but I found it dense and not well integrated into the story. As a result the characterization suffered as compared to the first 2 book ...more
I had totally forgotten what happened in this book in the ten years since I last read it but it seemed a lot more action packed then I remembered. I guess that's probably the reason it was one of my favorites back then and still one of my favorites of the series today!
Dixie A.
Not one of my favorite books in the series. Didn't shed a single tear during it. Wasn't even tempted. I think that's partly because I was annoyed by the love triangle nonsense, and the way that the heroine both insulted and thought she was in love with the Irish guy. Oh, and the part where the Irish guy faced the same choice that Nita did in Deep Wizardry, and she didn't give him the same speech she got (which was a very good speech and quite moving) and indeed, he almost didn't make his choice ...more
A Wizard Abroad is a unique entry to the Young Wizards series, because it overlays over its own, already complex internal mythology and narrative another challenge -- a thick layer of Irish myth. The two gel amazingly well (in no small part because both embrace hard truths and non-fairy-tale endings: anyone can and will die in a good Irish story, and Duane is renowned for killing off someone, and demanding hard choices of everyone, in each of her books.) Duane's natural good humor goes down well ...more
Yet another brilliantly executed novel in the Young Wizards series, this is another of the series that makes my "top" list.

After having saved the world several times, and following her little sister's harrowing but triumphment Ordeal, Nita Callahan is looking forward to a quiet summer hanging out with her wizard partner and best friend Kit. But her parents upset her plans: misunderstanding her relationship with Kit, they've arranged for her to spend the summer with her aunt in Ireland and take s
Slightly less good than its predecessors (in my opinion), A Wizard Abroad is a great book in itself and very nice when read as part of a series. Diane Duane creates an intrusive/portal/quest fantasy that presents both a believable world and a believable magical system (something I appreciate). Overall, the focus of the books has skewed sideways from traditional themes, partially owing to the fact that most good source material for intrusive and magical fantasies has already been exploited by pre ...more
I agree with a friend of mine who said that this was probably the title she liked least in this wonderful series. I still like the first one the best, although the second is close to a tie for that. But this 4th one is rather disappointing. I think some of it was the lack of concern when Biddy did die. Another was the disconnect when the kitten bard discovers she is the queen of the cats. That came out of nowhere and just seemed to confuse the story. I realize she was trying for some humor but i ...more
The trilogy that starts with "So You Want to be Wizard?" highlights the relationship between Juanita (Nita) "Neets" and Christopher "Kit" as they figure out how to be friends, siblings and partner-wizards in the often scary and dangerous world. This fourth book in the trilogy (ahem...) other than being set in Diane Duane's native Ireland repeats the same plot: Nita and Kit get embroiled in a situation which could lead to the end of the world and come out of it successfully. Although the repetiti ...more
Holly Booms Walsh
Oct 09, 2007 Holly Booms Walsh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harry Potter and fantasy fans, all ages
This was another car trip re-listen to an audiobook series that I have loved since I was a kid. The Young Wizards series is about eight books long now, some which are stronger than others. The first four books are my favorites. The first three are the strongest, and this one sets the stage for the more personal tone of the rest of the series. This book takes Nita to Ireland, so it is particularly appealing for its Irish legends, creatures, and characters. It may have been written as an excuse to ...more
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This book has always been the hardest to get through. I don't know why. Maybe it's the slight elements of high-fantasy in it, which happen to be the elements of high-fantasy I find kinda boring. Maybe Duane just didn't capture Ireland in an inspiring way. Maybe it just seemed inconsequential to the plot of the series (it really did). But I didn't like this book very much. Yes, there were interesting parts. One or two scenes made me tingle. I enjoyed reading it and got into it a good amount (more ...more
Julie Decker
Nita's parents are worried about her being too involved in her wizardry, so they decide to send her on a vacation to Ireland, where she has an aunt. But of course, Nita ends up embroiled in another magical plot; time and space seems to be jumpy around the area, and people are traveling "sideways," making magic unstable and everyday life very confusing. Nita investigates, allying with the local Irish wizards, including a boy named Ronan who she likes quite a lot. With some help from local wildlif ...more
Montana Library2Go

The series continues to slow and I find successive books unimpressive. I understand that Duane lives (or lived for a time?) in Ireland and wanted to present it well, using much myth and legend in her tale, but far too much of this book is spent waiting around and hearing history. Very little actually happens and what does happens to and because of people other than our protagonists.

"Nice girl has a crush on a jerk" pisses me off as a plot point. Mainly because it encourages t
I have to be honest; although I liked the setting, mythology, and characters, this one didn't do as much for me. I think it is because I saw a lot less of both Dair and Kit, both characters I really enjoy seeing interacting with Nita. I feel like on her own (sort of), Nita's adventure this time around got a bit...stale this time around. Her aunt is absolutely lovely in this book, but it is Tualha who completely did it for me.
As for the concern about the violence.../what?/ I can understand concer
This is a little self-indulgent really - it's more of an excuse to romp through Irish mythos than anything else.

Not that she doesn't do it well; it's nice to finally have a story which is larger than our heroes can handle, even if they have to provide the critical input at the right moment.
This is my second favorite in the series. The two young wizards are sent to Ireland to help some new friends...including a cat who's a bard.
Chris C
Catching up on my childhood and didn't realize there were continuations beyond the first 3. Nostalgia does not for great book recommendations make.
By far, this was my favorite of the series, set in Ireland it was more magical than anything and was beautiful in everyway.
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Worried that their daughter is becoming too wrapped up in her wizardly work, Nita Callahan’s parents send her off to spend the summer with her aunt in Ireland, in this fourth installment of Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series. They hope to give Nita a break not only from the magic, but also from her wizard-partner, Kit. Yet Nita quickly realizes that Ireland has some serious problems that only a wizard can fix—creatures from mythology are appearing in modern-day Ireland and wreaking havoc—and she ...more
Nita's parents send her to Ireland to spend the summer with her aunt in the hopes that she'll have a few memories of a normal, non-wizardly childhood. Of course, Ireland is full of ancient magic and broody, handsome young wizards, so good luck with that.

I think this marks a bit of an awkward transition in the series - there have always been little jabs about Nita's relationship with Kit, but in this book, there's an actual "romantic" subplot between Nita and some leather-wearing sass meister nam
I don't much appreciate being introduced to blood-soaked scenes so early in a book. The excuse that Nita didn't find the time to pack a 'less-lethal' and less grotesque spell than one which bursts cell membranes is not reasonable. Why DIDN'T she? Whatever she expected to encounter, she shouldn't have felt the need for such a vile, abhorrent thing. She makes no attempt at ALL to negotiate. The Wild Hunt is a fearsome thing, no doubt. But even authors with a potent commitment to violence have mana ...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
Vacations are supposed to be fun, right? You wouldn't think so by the way Nita's acting. But then, being forced to go to Ireland because your mom wants to you 'take a break' from doing magic with your best friend might put a damper on anyone's day. And though Nita tries to weasel out of the trip with, "Wizards don't stop doing wizardry just because they're not at home. If I go on call in Ireland, I go on call, and there's nothing that can stop it," she had no idea how right she would be.

John Kirk
I think the first half of this book worked much better than the second half. It was interesting to see an American perspective on Ireland, although as an English person I think it told me more about America than Ireland. Obviously this is based on the author's real-life experience, which makes it feel authentic.

The series has already established that cars are "alive" (in a way) so it makes sense to say that planes are too. However, this made me feel uneasy: "Nita had to smile a little in spite o
Вот уж дейтствительно если и осталось на Земле место, насквозь пропитанное магией и мифами, то это Ирландия. Но временами магия эта рвет реальность, прорываясь из прошлого вместе с той самой Одинокой Силой, что вечно хочет зла и вечно совершает благо. И кто же, как не Нита, прийдет на помощь ирландским волшебникам в этой вечной битве?

В юношесте книга вызвала читстый восторг и именно четвертая часть серии и понравилась больше всего. Это сейчас я уже вижу все огрехи книги как части серии - то, что
Lots of action at the end of this book, and a familiar face as well, if those who've read the last three are familiar with it, though that face is hardly surprising.


Nita is "exiled" away from wizardy and Kit by her parents who are concerned about her childhood, as well as her spending so much time with her wizardry. So, in the intents of seeing that she gets some actual 'normal' time, her parents send her to Ireland, where her Aunt Annie lives, in order to spend si
Nicholas Whyte

This was an early entry on my list of sf and fantasy set in Ireland, since when I've got to know its author from various sf conventions; with slight embarrassment I admit that this is the first of Diane's novels that I have actually read. It's the fourth in sequence of her successful 'Young Wizards' series, and takes her protagonist Nita Callahan to Ireland from her home in the USA to do battle with the evil Lone Power by reuniting the four ancient treas
Working my way through this series a second time -- the author shows the progression of Kit and Nita as they grow into their wizardly powers and also grow up, experiencing normal teenage fears and emotions. So, all young girls who read this will have to choose -- Team Kit or Team Ronan? In the meantime, the Lone Power must be faced again by an army of wizards to save the earth from the incursions of "sideways" time incursions from the past and from the mythical worlds that overlay Ireland. Lots ...more
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Nita’s parents are unsettled by the amount to devotion that Nita and Kit are giving to their wizardry, so they ship Nita off to Ireland to visit her aunt, not really understanding that if Nita goes “on call” in Ireland, she will be obliged to work. Before leaving they finagle a promise out of Nita not to come back to visit Kit. Of course, when Nita arrives she finds Ireland rather different magic-wise from the States – being seeped in magic it’s hard to do anythin
Sarah Wagner
Nita is sent to Ireland in this installment of the Young Wizards series. Concerned by her relationship with Kit, Nita's parents send her to visit her aunt in Ireland, not aware that her is a wizard as well and Ireland is about to experience some uniquely wizardly occurrences. Fun to read and I was particularly pleased to see Nita show some interest in a wizard who was not Kit!
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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)
  • The Wizard's Dilemma (Young Wizards, #5)
  • A Wizard Alone (Young Wizards, #6)
  • Wizard's Holiday (Young Wizards, #7)
  • Wizards at War (Young Wizards, #8)
  • A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, #9)
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