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Wizards at War by Diane Duane
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Jun 05, 11

Read in January, 2005

As is often the case in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, something big is going wrong. This time, however, it is not a single world that is being threatened. The entire universe is coming apart at the seams and in order to stop it, Nita, Kit, Dairine, and several side-characters from previous books have to go undercover on a planet that lives under the ironclad fist of the Lone Power itself. Worst of all, they can't tell anybody where they're going, not even those they trust the most.

This book begins shortly after Wizard's Holiday. The three side-characters that visited the Callahan household are still present and are heavily involved in the main plot. It all begins when Senior Wizards Tom and Carl pay a visit to the Callahans and Kit to tell them some terrible news. Clouds of Dark Matter are expanding throughout the space between Galaxies, and will soon shroud the entire universe in darkness. Even worse than that, all of the adult Wizards are beginning to lose their power and even their memories. It will not be long before they forget about Wizardry completely. It's up to the kids to save the universe from from the Dark Matter before the universe tears itself apart.

Characters and plotlines from many previous books are at least peripherally involved in this one. This is not at all a good place to pick up the series, as it relies heavily on seven books' worth of backstory and characters. Those who have followed the series until now will be delighted to see the return of characters that haven't been seen for several books. Dairine and Roshaun visit the world where Dairine concluded her ordeal in High Wizardry. Ronan Nolan, from A Wizard Abroad, plays a fairly important part. The events of The Wizard's Dilemma are quite significant as well. It feels like this book is the one that ties up all of the unfinished plot threads, even the ones that were previously thought to be complete, while also laying some groundwork for the next book, A Wizard of Mars, as I discovered by re-reading it over the past few days.

All in all, it's a very satisfying read. It covers several different plotlines simultaneously, as the characters split up to scour the universe for a solution to the problem, and make some surprising discoveries along the way. It's a long book, longer than Wizard's Holiday by over a hundred pages, but I found it almost impossible to put down until I reached the end. The book's final act is powerful, as the separate characters converge on a final confrontation between the encroaching darkness and all of the Young Wizards left on Earth.
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