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

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  12,475 ratings  ·  221 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
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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
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
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.*

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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,
First Second Books
This is one of my favorites of Diane Duane’s ‘Young Wizards’ series – not in the least because it’s full of whales!

But what I love most about it is that it’s got the ‘noble sacrifice for the good of all’ scenario going on in it. With great white sharks! How cool is that?
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
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
Dixie A.
A masterful sequel to the first book in the series. Got me all sentimental over a shark, too. What kept this from being a five star book was the whining of the heroine. Yes, it's definitely fair to whine over discovering that you talked yourself into a situation where you have to commit suicide, but she just does so *much* of it. And her parents. So much sneaking around, so much disbelief. I'm glad that's over with so we won't have to deal with it later in the series, but still, it was a little ...more
This is the second of Diane Duane's "Young Wizards" series. I did not think I would read this novel. I had mixed feelings about the first one and wasn't sure if I would want to read more. But ultimately I did because book 6 was nominated for a Locus YA award and I want to read those awards. I think I figured out why I am having such a hard time with these novels. It's the cover art. They look like they are going to be fun light reads am I right?


The thing is they are full of dark images and conce
I have to admit, I don’t usually read Middle Grade fiction (is this Middle Grade? I think so. That is what I’ve been led to believe). I’m well out of the target-audience (though that alone does not often stop me), and seem to be too far past the age of having the sense of wonder that a lot of MG fiction requires for enjoyment. However, I’m taking a Writing Children’s Lit class this semester, and this book ended up in my hands.

“It’s an excellent example of craft,” my professor said. “There’s als
I'm constantly surprised by how much I like Duane's "Young Wizards" books. They're deep without being sappy, hopeful without being saccharine, and fact-filled without being pedantic. Hats off to her for being able to do that.

In this, the second of the series, there are lots of references to the first book and its consequences. You don't necessarily have to have read it to get this one, but it would help a lot. So Kit and Nita are on vacation, and their wizardry assignments take them into the wor
Julie Decker
When Nita and Kit go on holiday, they're not expecting to have to save the world, but soon they find out that whale wizards live in the ocean and they need their help. A ritual that originally bound the Lone Power has to be reenacted to keep the world safe, and Nita and Kit agree to participate. But when Nita realizes she's volunteered for the part of the song that requires a sacrifice, she's terrified. But the way wizardry works and the stakes involved won't let her back out just to spare her o ...more
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
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
Re-read from ye olde days from when I was but a wee babe.
I decided to go into these not only because Games Wizards Play is FINALLY coming out, but because I've been on a massive Tumblr roleplaying spree and decided to get in touch with my Jesse Turner muse.
For those of you who are not familiar, and possibly even familiar with and just have no clue who I'm talking about, Jesse is my favorite antichrist ever. From Supernatural, this is the story of a boy forgotten. Whose powers threatened to shake
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
La lecture de L’Initiation a été un agréable moment de lecture. Certes, il y avait quelques éléments qui m’avaient un peu chiffonnée, mais dans l’ensemble, c’était un livre intéressant qui laissait voir une magie peu commune. Eh bien dans Le Sacrifique (qui porte très bien son nom, ma foi), cette magie prend une ampleur que je n’aurais jamais cru possible. Et moi, lectrice, j’ai fait le grand plongeon dans les fonds marins !

Nita et Kit sont en vacances dans les Hamptons, à la plage. Voilà deux m
This is the edition I have. I can't say how other editions differ from this one, because I'm pretty sure I've only seen this edition.

The seafloor map, if accurate, would be worth the price of the whole book. I'd like to see a worldwide map of this sort. I'm sure there's one about somewhere.

This edition is dedicated: "For J.A.C.--re: redemption and fried zucchini."

The Acknowledgement adds: "Heartfelt thanks go to Neil Harris and his erstwhile comrades at Commodore, who went crazy hooking up a de
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,
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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
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
Monia Sommer
Le premier tome de Wizards m'avait laissée perplexe. Je l'avais apprécié, mais il faisait un peu trop « jeunesse » à mon goût. Les héros se lançaient tête baissée dans des aventures qui les dépassaient, pour des futilités... Bref, même si l'histoire était sympa et que c'était bien écrit, j'avais eu du mal à me mettre vraiment dedans. Il y avait toujours un petit quelque chose qui me gênait et m'empêchait de l'apprécier pleinement.

Le second tome est réellement différent et j'ai été agréablement s
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....
I notice so many good reviews for this novel and I can see why however, this book just didn't do me much justice. At no point did I ever feel myself going "I can't put this down! I must continue." This is the reason for me as to why I wouldn't give it anymore stars than three. I liked it but I didn't love it for many reasons such as these below...

It was much too slow paced for me. The start of the book didn't even really capture my attention. I found myself having to reread certain sentences jus
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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)
  • 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)
  • Wizards at War (Young Wizards, #8)
  • A Wizard of Mars (Young Wizards, #9)
  • Games Wizards Play (Young Wizards, #10)

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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!” 33 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.” 22 likes
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