Deep Wizardry
Diane Duane
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Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  10,277 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine. It was one of those So You Want to Be a . . . books, a series on careers. So You Want to Be a Pilot, and a Scientist . . . a Writer. But his one said, So You Want to Be a Wizard.

I don't belive this, Nina thought. She shut the b...more
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Published October 1st 1999 by Bt Bound (first published 1985)
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Pauline Ross
If ever anyone asks you what exactly is the point of a site like Goodreads, do please direct them to this review. A few months ago, I read the first in this series, 'So You Want To Be A Wizard', and although I liked it, I had no great desire to read any more in the sequence. But when I posted this in my Goodreads review, a friend begged me to carry on, because this, the second book in the series, was one of her all time favourite books. So I took her advice, and you know what? I love it too. It'...more
Tamora Pierce
Nov 01, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween lovers of contemporary fantasy
Recommended to Tamora by: I grabbed it after reading the first book
My favorite in the series. I love how Nita discovers that an offhand promise turns out to be very serious, and how the kids find it harder and harder to work around their families. There is a very dramatic storyline that left my in tears, too.
So, I know to some I seem hyper critical of YA. I’ve been told over and over, “Why Goose, you don’t understand teenagers. They can only relate to books with shallow romance and shitty plots. You are just a bitter old soul.”
Well, one I’m 23 I swear they didn’t wipe my memory four years ago of all my dumb ass shit from my younger age.
Two, teens can handle intense stuff.
And thus, let me present to you...more
Oops, I am falling absolutely in love with these little books.
First off, let me say that I have been trying a "straddling" technique in reading these; I have been alternating between listening to the (fantastically charming) audiobook for my commute to work and then switching to my paperbacks (which I hastily and excitedly purchased from Orca Books in Oly for a song on store credit) for my 15-minute work breaks in order to continue the story. I can safely say that I have been impatiently shelvi...more
One of my favourites in the series. I feel I gained perhaps a little extra insight trying to write fanfiction about Ed (for my friends, that's my Yuletide Madness 2009/10 story "Through the Echoing Dark").

I love hearing about non-human wizards, and the Song of the Twelve is nothing short of delightful in its language, conception and execution. (I love that so much, it's the origin of one of my domain names.) One of the things I enjoy most about the Young Wizards series is that Diane Duane does...more
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I’m finding it really interesting to read the New Millennium Editions. I’ve read all of the original editions, and the earlier ones have always felt a bit out of sync with the later books, since the nine that are currently out were written and published over 20 years. Technology has changed a great deal, and there are some details that get forgotten in between the books that Duane has fixed. For example, Nita wore glasses in the first book,...more
Kate Sherrod
While I regretted last time around that I had not encountered Diane Duane's Young Wizards books when I was a young'un, this time around I'm pretty glad I didn't, because if I'd come across Deep Wizardry when I was the age of its two young protagonists, I would have required extensive therapy afterward. Look, I'm not going to get into this much, but man, I could have used a trigger warning because


I'm having trouble breathing after just having typed those words.*

Nita's mother was staring up at the sky with a look of joy so great it was pain - the completely bearable anguish of an impossible dream that suddenly comes true after years of hopeless yearning. Tears were running down her mother's face at the sight of that sky, so pure a velvet black that the eye insisted on finding light in it where light was not - a night sky set with thousands of stars, all blazing with a cold fierce brilliance that only astronauts ever saw, a night sky that nonetheless had
I love this series. That being said, of all the books in the series, this one leaves me with the most mixed feelings. The author weaves a haunting and beautiful story, most believably, of a wizardry of the whales and the sea that must occur at the deepest part of the sea floor to contain the oldest and darkest Lone Power. The Twelve Song involves real sacrifice, "real" in the darkest and most complete sense, for in no other way can the Lone Power be conquered. Every race, country, culture and st...more
This may be my favorite of the series; it's certainly one of the top three, because of the emotional and moral power of the story. While on a peaceful vacation on the beach, Nita and Kit find themselves slammed into an adventure that may have deadly consequences. It's essential that the wizards of the sea re-enact the song of the twelve. If it isn't done, and isn't done right, millions of people may die. Nita and Kit volunteer to help the whales, but they have no idea what they're getting into-

John Kirk
This is my favourite book out of the whole "Young Wizards" series. I think it gets to the core of what the series is all about, i.e. the Wizard's Choice and the consequences of that choice, particularly in terms of self-sacrifice. I also like the idea of exploring a new world beneath the waves.

I didn't notice any major differences in this new edition compared to the original; they mention mobile phones a few times, but mainly just to say that there's no coverage where they're staying. I think th...more
Lindley Walter-smith
I liked the first book very much, but this was in many ways a disappointment.

First, I hope you like whales. Not just like them and hope they aren't all killed by whalers, but that you're fascinated by every little detail about them. Because if not, boy you are going to be sick of them by the end of this book.

Secondly, the problems Duane had in the first book with writing the kids appropriately to their age are worse in this one. Sometimes she seems to remember they are tweens, and other times s...more
Another book I wish I could have found when I was younger, because as much as I love it now, I would have been totally mesmerized then. After reading So You Want to be A Wizard, the first book in the series, I almost didn't want to move on to this one because I knew the environment changed completely, and I loved that one so much - but the underwater whale world is so fascinating and beautifully done. There were a couple of glitches in description here and there that didn't really work, but I gu...more
This is the second time I've read this book. I liked it the first time, but I didn't really appreciate it's awesomeness. This is the first time I've loved the second book in a series better than some of the following books in that series.

Even though I knew about the big plot twist (Something to do with what Nita the whale has to do) and thought about the plot twist frequently while reading, it came as a surprise all over again, just because Duane is just so darn good at writing Nita's emotions,...more
Montana Library2Go

It's a bit strange to give this 3 stars, because it was really quite good, and the writing would normally mean a solid 4. However, it wasn't up to the standards of the first book, and there were some ways in which it was definitely lacking. That should not, however, be taken to imply that the book isn't worth reading, or that the series isn't worth continuing with.

As a side note, I don't know if it's every Kindle version or just the version that libraries ordered, but the tra...more
While vacationing at the beach with Nita’s family, young wizards Nita Callahan and Kit Rodriguez volunteer to transform themselves into whales, and help the wizard S'reee perform a ritual to keep an ancient evil bound in the depths of the ocean. S’reee is a young humpback whale, who, because of the sudden death of her teacher finds herself suddenly responsible for organizing “The Song of the Twelve” thousands of feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Nita readily accepts the part of one o...more
3.5 stars. She rocked the ending, but earlier chapters have some issues that tried my patience. Anyway, great adventure and gorgeous characterization of Nita. I'm still leery of the amount of violence in these books, but at least she's learning how to empower herself as she loses her innocence.

Side note: it is so weird to come to this series twenty-five years late. I wonder what difference it might've made to my life if I'd read this in junior high, when it was new. *ponders*
Sep 06, 2007 Sirdarksol rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nearly anyone with an imagination
Written for teens, Deep Wizardry is good enough that it's still worth reading for adults. Beneath the exterior story of two teens who are learning to use magic and saving the world, there is a story of teens learning to grow up. The characters in the book deal with issues that every teen deals with, from pesky parents to younger siblings to a growing awareness of their own sexuality (tastefully and appropriately done for teens, of course.)
Kids, wizards, whales, deep sea volcanoes....
Much, much better than I would have believed.
I'm usually not a fan of books centering on animal characters, but Duane seemed to make each one of the sea creatures so realistic that I forgot a shark was speaking, and not a human.
The themes of self-sacrifice and friendship will really strike a chord with anyone who reads it.
So what is your reward for saving the world. You have to do it all over again.
While it could be tiresome if every book in this series has the same characters having to save the world from the 'Lone Power' this was a very good second outing for this series. The change of the venue from an Alternate Reality New York to the Ocean surrounding Long Island was a good choice. Having to explain why things work they way they do underwater when it came to magic and the roles of the various cast of charac...more
This is a kids/teen book, but it's surprisingly imaginative and moving. My favorite part is the description of what it's like to walk on water. My other favorite parts are any scenes with the giant shark.
This is such a fantastic series! The emotional connection with the characters, the suspense and action in the plot, the philosophy of sacrifice and giving of yourself for others.... all wonderful! It was lovely to discover this wizardly world under the ocean, and the descriptions of marine life were incredible.
It was interesting to see Nita having to interact more with her family, especially her sister. I loved the character of S'ree, the whale! She really glued the whole story together.

This b...more
One of the main problems I have with this series is that it tends to mix accurate (and often fascinating) scientific facts with inaccuracies in time, detail, etc. This is only partly Duane's fault, of course. She can only work with what was known at the time, and often not even all of that.

To me, the undersea map in the frontspiece is a fascinating glimpse into what the sea off New York City is like, and I'd like to see some sort of gloss: where did Duane get this information?

I should point ou...more
This book was so much better than the first in the series. Honestly, if it wasn't for the background information you need for this one, I'd suggest skipping the first and starting here. The characters were so much better, there was an understandable plot, and even the magic was more realistic.

Nita and Kit are on vacation. It's at the beach, and while they were hoping for a relaxing trip, their status as wizards prevent that from happening. Strange earthquakes are rocking the seabed, and upon mee...more
Deep Wizardry (Young Wizards, Book Two )
by Diane Duane


This books all about wonder and imagination becasue if you even tried to imagine the things that happen in this book you would be so excited.Feeling the cool of the sea the spray of the ocean.Its about a ritual that is suppose to take place every year but this year its gonna be different its going to be big and a suprise. wWhen you read this you will be frightened as much as nita and kit and you will follow thier excitement and fear al...more
Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
With their initiation ordeal behind them, Nita and Kit are ready for some relaxation. Nita's family heads to the coast, taking Kit along for the ride, and there the two wizards resume practicing and experimenting with their Art.

Of course, finding a whale wizard in distress kinda cancels out one's vacation plans. Sure enough, the Powers That Be have another task for the pair. The Lone Power is not at all pleased with the outcome of his last battle. The time has come for another singing of The Son...more
Okay, I’ll admit it. Deep Wizardry made me want to be a whale. For serious.

I admire the hell out of Diane Duane--I daresay I even worship her--for the way she conveyed the experience of being a whale. There was no awkwardness at all (except in the beginning, for Nita) and nothing seemed forced or silly. It all felt perfectly natural, and comfortable, and utterly fantastic, as if I could truly imagine what it would be like to be a whale. And by the end of the book, it seemed so normal for Nita to...more
More mature, more engaging and more serious in tone than the first installment of this series, Deep Wizardry is a fine piece of storytelling that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike.

Whereas the first book was little more than an (admittedly finely written) "child uncovers hidden power and overcomes his problems" fantasy, Deep Wizardry weaves a tale of loyalty, friendship and sacrifice. For the first time, magic acquires the unique blend between science and fiction that will come to define t...more
What's left for a sequel when the main characters save the world in the first book? Saving it again, apparently, just in a completely different venue (the ocean). The author may have thought it would help if the previous victory is retroactively diminished, but to me it just felt like cheating my previous experience with the story. The writing is still clear and easy, although the feelings of the characters in the book are real and mature.

One of the trickier characters to handle, the giant shark...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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Go ahead! Panic!" screamed Picchu from somewhere in the background. "Do it now and avoid the June rush! Fear death by water!” 29 likes
“And we will cause it to be well-made, this Sacrifice. You, young and never loving; I, old and never loved. Such a Song the Sea will never have seen.” 18 likes
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