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High Wizardry (Young Wizards #3)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  7,066 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Young wizards Nita and Kit face their most terrifying challenge yet: Nita's little sister, Dairine. Not only is Dairine far too smart for a ten-year-old, she also has recenlty become a wizard, and worse yet, a wizard with almost limitless power. When Dairine's computerized wizard's manual glibly sends her off on her novice adventure--her Ordeal--Kit and Nita end up chasing...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 1990)
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As a geek, this will inevitably always be my favourite of the series, which makes my rating slightly less that useful here. (It should only merit 4 stars really...)

From the opening sequence (which brought back memories of our own first computer arriving!) through to the moment of the Choice, the story fairly rattles along, even if it is a bit too easy to see that the whole Nita/Kit storyline is rather redundant (other than for the "family" subtext.) But pretty much the whole of Darine's experien...more
This is Book 3 of Diane Duane's Wizard series, and like the first two books, it is very well written, containing serious and dramatic elements, believable descriptions of wizardry, and a spiritual or philosophical element running throughout.
I think I liked the first two a bit better, though not because they were better books--I think I just preferred the adventures the main characters, Nita and Kit, went on. Also, Nita's sister Dairine is a major character in this one, and I never liked her, so...more
Kate Sherrod
There is so much science fiction in High Wizardry, the third book in Diane Duane's wonderful Young Wizards series, that it barely counts as fantasy. Which is entirely awesome; this is the Diane Duane whose name I saw with pleasure and anticipation on those Star Trek novels of my youth, except even more cosmic. More cosmic in every possible way.

I've praised Duane's scientific/mathematical approach to magic before, but little did I know just how scientific and mathematical it was yet to become. Fo...more
Jan 16, 2009 Daniella rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Young Wizards series and sci-fi/fantasy
High Wizardry is probably my least favorite of the Young Wizards series. It was a fun, fast read, but much of the story seemed rather extraneous. Large portions of the narrative are taken up with unnecessary descriptions of an outdated OS, most of which I could have done without, and overall it simply lacks the same quality of layering as in So You Want to Be a Wizard and Deep Wizardry . As a result, it didn't even seem like anything important started happening until around the latter third of...more
Lazy Seagull
A series with a good premise has been reduced to nothing but pulp action told from the POV of a whiny, bratty little girl.

Dairane is a flat and static character who is known to whinge, scream, and be, overall, an overconfident prick. I'm fed up with this series and will certainly not be going out and picking up the next installment.

(Excuse the bitterness that might resound through this review; this series is a one of my friends' current infatuations and I am just sick and tired of hearing about...more
I first encountered the idea that young children are more powerful because they don't know what's impossible in Zenna Henderson's short story "Come on, Wagon".

I found the portrayal of the Computer World interesting and intriguing. I recognized from the start that Duane was setting herself up for a fall by basing her theories of future computers on what was then contemporary technology. It's not surprising that a lot of the description comes off as dated. But despite this necessary flaw, the bas...more
This book is Awesome. With a capital A. Dairine is one of my favorite characters, and the adventure that she has reminds me of all of my favorite sci-fi books mixed together. I am amazed at the worlds that Duane has created. Everything is so expertly woven, and the plot is very fast paced. Although the story mainly revolves around two girls, I think that boys would enjoy this book too because of its high paced action. It is full of complex "theories" that make this immense magical domain believa...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
Nita's younger sister, Dairine, can be a bit of a know-it-all brat sometimes. But at least she doesn't know about wizardry.

Well, until their summer trip (in Deep Wizardry) when she saw Nita transform from whale to human right before her eyes. Now she sees the power and she'll go mad unless she can have it too. Understandable, since I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to perform magic.

She starts poking around Nita's stuff, getting more and more intrusive (much to Nita's annoyance), and eventual...more
Pauline Ross
This is the third in the Young Wizards series. I quite enjoyed the first, but no more than that, and was prepared to abandon the series. However, I was persuaded to read the second, and after a mediocre first half it turned out to be wonderful - unexpectedly deep and moving for a young adult book. I bought this one at the same time, since it was about computers and therefore highly appropriate for geeky me.

Memo to all authors: technology moves on so fast that whatever current gadgets you include...more
May 24, 2012 Lindley is currently reading it
This is the third of a series that I really wanted to like, enough to buy the whole set in one go – and I’m so disappointed that it didn’t work out that way. On the good side, the visit to an alien airport was fun, and briefly lifted the book, and the race of little machine creatures was cute, if a little cutesy. I'm giving it three stars because, while problematic, it wasn't bad, as such - just really not the exciting, emotionally involving children's fantasy I hoped it would be.

First of all, i...more
Oh crud. I think I might not be reading anything else for a little while.
I have a Leetle Wixxard addiction, and I am not sure if I need to get a life or not, or even if I want one.
Oh my god, Dairine and the turtlethings, though. Oh man.
I was absolutely delighted by this book, and by finding out that it is possible to have a younger sister character who, if powerful (a fair enough reason is provided), doesn't turn into another insufferable Dawn Summers character. Good for you, Dairi!
I would have...more
Diane Duane continues to astound me with this series. As in the previous two books, the classic archetype of Good versus Evil is played out with such raw emotion in the climax that you'll be swept right into the wizardry. While I, like protagonists Nita and Kit, find Dairine more than a little annoying at times - she managed to redeem herself substantially in this installment. I think there is a part of all of us that approaches life with cold, calculating logic and it isn't until we acknowledge...more
Julie Decker
Dairine's big sister Nita is a wizard, and she's just got to get a look at her book. When she does so, she ends up taking the oath and getting her own manual--a computer version of it that she's more comfortable with. As a girl with a great interest in computers and other worlds, she manages to get her manual to set up calculations to send her to Mars, but when she starts checking out the other options, she gets chased around by the Lone Power and accidentally finds herself very, very, very far...more
Montana Library2Go

I read this at speed, which for me and in this case meant 375 pages in 75 minutes. I would have skipped it entirely if I weren't concerned that I might need to know about some of what happens in it for future books in the series. I actively disliked Dairine in previous books and I hated her in this one. I was hoping bad things would happen to her. I wanted her knocked down 10 or 12 pegs. I longed for her to understand that her view of herself as high-and-mighty better than eve...more
This series is charming. The characters are sweet and easy to care about, the magic is interesting, and there are lots of thoughtful and lovely descriptions of different worlds and kinds of life.

This book was less fun for me because, at the same time that Nita and Kit are becoming teenagers and turning into different people, the focus goes to Dairine. So Nita and Kit really feel kind of like strangers, Kit especially (we've never had much access to his thoughts).

I was disappointed that we get...more
Nita's younger sister, Dairine, has always been precocious -- and now she's become one of the youngest and most powerful wizards out there. Now she's gone off half-cocked into the universe, and it's up to Kit and Nita to track her down before the Lone Power does.
In some ways this book was slightly dated; Dairine's Wizard's Manual takes the form of a computer, and a lot of the computer stuff is clearly primitive. Other than that, though, it's a great story.
I started into this series because of a short story about Kit & Nita that I loved and still love, called Uptown Local. Wizardry happens , but there was a pot that was not Good vs. that now that i have read the first three books in the series, that seems to be the main theme. Capital G good versus capital E Evil. And its aimed a young YA audience (and I am an adult). And while the computer stuff was probably cutting edge at the time, it makes it very dated now. There was little char...more
This is an excellent book. It had me captivated. Everything leads up towards a spectacular climax. There were a few moments when I lost interest, but those were very short moments, and I think the previous book in the series tainted my perception of this book because it set such incredibly high standards. I love the idea of a computer that does wizardry. There were many relatable moments. Although I'm not a fan of sci-fi (unless it's Doctor Who), the way the aliens and planets are described was...more
Okay, not as exciting as Deep Wizardry, unless you really like Dairine. This is the story of her Ordeal, and rather than setting it underwater with a lot of ruminating on the nature of the universe, it's a straight-up adventure story of Dairine becoming a wizard. I was not at all as impressed by this one as by Deep Wizardry. Dairine just came off as a Mary Sue: able to do everything she wanted to, which makes her not extremely likable to me. Nita and Kit in the first two books seem like people o...more
Nita is just starting to become comfortable with her wizardly abilities. She and her best friend Kit work carefully around their community, getting the feel for being wizards.

But Nita's canny little sister Dairine can't leave the idea of wizardry alone. Now that she knows her sister's secret, Dairine wants the power herself. Smart, abrasive, tough, and with big dreams of adventure, Dairine sneaks into Nita's room one night and reads the Oath. The next day, via the women's restroom at the space m...more
John Kirk
This is another good installment in the series: it fits into the ongoing storyline, while still telling a complete story in its own right. It also shifts the focus to a different character (Dairine) while still keeping Nita and Kit around in supporting roles.

Diane Duane said that this book was the catalyst for the New Millennium Editions, and I can understand that. Looking back at my paper copy, it talks about Nita's parents buying an Apple IIIc+ (with a set of floppy disks) and Dairine has to t...more
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Умершая мысль перечитать эту серию воскресла в мой "месяц научной фантастики". Всю серию к этому жанру не подвести, но после "Туманности Андромеды" что-то мне совсем ничего не идет. Значит, будем читать детские книги!)))

Итак, в 15 лет третья часть мне понравилась. Просто понравилась, оставила хорошие впечатления и т.д., но что интересно, совсем не запомнилась. После перечитывания, могу сказать, что впечатления такие равные, как и в юношестве.
Дуэйн любопытно преподносит каждую книгу как урок для...more
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Dairine really becomes a fully fleshed character in this book. In the previous ones, she was the annoyingly smart little sister–here, she is still the annoyingly smart little sister, but she gets to explain why it’s so important for her to be smart. Dairine knows that knowing things can help you understand the universe, and help protect you from getting hurt. Knowledge is power, and Dairine needs to know–reading and computers are her w...more
Kirsten Swanson
I just can't get enough of the series. Most of the book felt like exposition, and then all of the sudden the promised good vs evil conflict was on. So much of the worldview and explanation for good and evil feels so true to me. There was one element of the ending that felt untrue and didn't seem right, so I had to remember that it's fiction. I hate having to remember that, ha. Right up until that point, I really did enjoy the book.
Mike Aragona
I have to say that the introduction of Nita's sister into the Wizardy world was partially expected, but still highly entertaining. Talk about how much someone can be capable of doing if they don't know they shouldn't be able to do it! [return][return]I must admit that it was a little strange to be almost at the end of the book and not remember that Dairine is the youngest wizard in the series. She certainly acted/ spoke like a much more mature person but perhaps that had to do with her above-ave...more
Another solid and enjoyable entry in the series. I have to admit that one of the reasons I didn't like it as much as, say, "Deep Wizardry" can be expressed in one word. Dairine. Oh, she's a believable character - smart, aggressive and determined, but also abrasive. In this book, the 11-year-old, frustrated that her big sister has gotten ahead of her, finds that she is also a wizard. She takes the oath and finds her manual in the family's new computer. Making a copy, she sets off for Mars, not re...more
I really liked this book, and if I could I'd give it 4.5 stars. It gets a 4 and not a 5 because the end of the book got a bit confusing, and I'm not sure yet if I entirely like where Duane is going with Darine. However, she's brilliantly written; enough of the bratty kid to make me annoyed with her and yet I still love her and sympathise with her.

My favourite bit is hands down the encounter with the blonde humanoid who was obviously meant to be the Fifth Doctor (TvTropes told me this ages ago, b...more
Dylan Tomorrow
Pheeew! That was something else! Dairine, you bad-ass mofo!

Again, sentences so beautiful they make me cry and read them aloud. A transcendent magic in those words, otherworldly, welcome, gladly taken in ...

I am in love with this book right now. And may or may not want to marry it :D. Even though it did get boring in the middle with all that technobabble. But the end redeemed all of that thricefold. That's the kind of magic I want from my fantasy&scifi stories! The ineffable. The overwhelming...more
This story is about this girl, Nita found out that her sister, Dairine is a wizard. That means she has unllimited powers and she is smart. When Dairine let off an adventure about computer technology, Nita and her best friend, Kit try to rescue her or else she gets in big trouble before Dairine's brain can't catch her. Will they accomplish their goal? What I think about this book is that it gets me really bored in the middle of the story because all they talk there is about computer and technolog...more
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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...more
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Even saints have to start somewhere," Carl said softly. "And it's always been the children who have saved the universe from the previous generation and remade the universe in their own image.”
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