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A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards #4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  9,677 Ratings  ·  148 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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dixie A.
Feb 09, 2015 Dixie A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jul 08, 2008 Wayne rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction, juvenile
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
Feb 04, 2015 Lourdes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kathleen Dixon
A trip into Irish mythology and faerie - all with Diane Duane's beautifully realized magic. This is an excellent series.
Sep 22, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't love this one as much, and I'm not entirely sure why. I know the ending was extraordinarily abrupt, but also: CAT BARD. Still enjoying the series as a whole, of course, and looking greatly forward to the next one. =D
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
As much as I've enjoyed the first three books in the Young Wizard series, there were two things I was hoping this book would do differently from the previous books: (view spoiler) and make the main conflict something other than the Lone Power. And while I'm happy to say that (view spoiler) I'm still disappointed ...more
Jess Neuner
Jul 22, 2016 Jess Neuner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
No book in this series ever covers the same ground twice. This time, having returned from fighting the lone power in the far reaches of the galaxy, we're going someone a little closer to home. Not too close, of course, as Nita's parents are suddenly struck by a strange desire to give Nita a break that she doesn't feel she needs from her best friend, Kit, as apparently they're 'getting too close', so they send her to visit her aunt in Ireland.

Prepared for a rather miserable and lonely summer with
Jul 31, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2010 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly Booms Walsh
Jul 30, 2015 Holly Booms Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  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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Sarah Crawford
Feb 09, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nita's mother is sending her to Ireland to get her away from Kit for a while. She stays with an aunt there and right away hears some ghosts. She makes friends with a kitten that is a kitten-bard and travels into time (perhaps).

The book then goes into the history of Ireland from the viewpoint of the Wizards, noting that the Lone Power had interfered in its formation and corrupted its early human settlers.

Nita is going to have to solve a problem of reality slippage in Ireland, where people can go
Jun 16, 2015 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, this felt like an Irish version of Over Sea, Under Stone and that series--it didn't feel like the previous three Young Wizards books, which I found somewhat disappointing. It was still an interesting book and I can tell Duane did some hefty legwork to get her universe and its laws to interact with that of Irish mythology, but it didn't have the depth or the freshness that I've come to expect from this series.

That said, I liked the continuing undertow of awkwardness that Duane can b
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
Aug 10, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Mar 10, 2014 Kit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2016 Zach rated it really liked it
It started off a little slower than some of the other books, but it was still rather enjoyable. Kind of interesting learning about some of the Irish mythology. I looked it up, and a lot of what was used in this book was based on the actual legends.

I am finding this series quite enjoyable.
Jun 27, 2009 Scurra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Jan 10, 2009 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
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
Feb 11, 2013 Chris C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Catching up on my childhood and didn't realize there were continuations beyond the first 3. Nostalgia does not for great book recommendations make.
May 12, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, this was my favorite of the series, set in Ireland it was more magical than anything and was beautiful in everyway.
Sep 25, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mark-reads, 2016
Y'all, that finale was intense .
Oct 12, 2016 Nevergreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-mains
Again, a re-read. Again, very very wordy when it needant be. This time there was a whole half a chapter of unnecessary info in one go and enough scattered throughout the book to fill another chapter or two. Yes, it was semi interesting and mostly helped the book, but overall it made the book seem like it needed the giant Red Pen of Death. Since the book was also a short one, with all the extraneous info we are given it made the actual plot of the book seem very weak and rushed. The beginning of ...more
A Wizard Abroad is the fourth book in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, which starts with So You Want to Be a Wizard. It’s also my least favorite book in the reread so far.

In A Wizard Abroad, Nita’s parents decided to send her to Ireland to go stay with her aunt so that she can “take a break” from wizardry and working with her friend Kit. However, once Nita gets to Ireland she finds that the entire country is layered with old magic and that the distance between worlds and times is incredi
Feb 21, 2015 Shaina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
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
Feb 08, 2015 Rage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
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
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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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Young Wizards (10 books)
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  • High Wizardry (Young Wizards, #3)
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