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Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
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May 12, 10

Read in May, 2010

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 this series, while characters feel much more honest in their intentions and interactions (Dairine rules!) and the world actually becomes a living and breathing place.

This book is a joy to read from beginning to end. The aquatic setting is well-researched and thoroughly explored, with only brief - but necessary - sequences back on the surface. Tension keeps building slowly but relentlessly until the two showdowns (surface/abyss) and the ending is both touching and satisfying.

Thoroughly recommended!

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