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A Wizard Abroad

(Young Wizards #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  11,304 ratings  ·  201 reviews
To give Nita a vacation from magic--and to separate her from Kit, her partner in wizardry--Nita's parents pack her off for a monthlong stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland.

But the Old World 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 hum
Paperback, 372 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published July 22nd 1993)
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Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Okay so I've debated whether I should give this book three stars or four (it would really help if Goodreads allowed 1/2 stars but that's an entirely separate conversation) and in the end I decided to go with three stars.

Pros: Duane continues to expand upon the story-lines in the first few books of the series. In this novel the main character, Nita is sent to Ireland for the summer to live with her aunt. Duane does a fantastic job of weaving in Irish history/mythology and incorporating it into th
Dixie Conley
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Sep 22, 2016 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
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Nita is shipped off to Ireland to stay with her Aunt Annie for a few weeks. The barriers between Ireland and the Old World of Tir na nOg are thin, and Nita must help the Irish wizards to ward off nightmare creatures from the past. Legends and monsters from Irish legend come into the realm of reality, and only Nita and her friends have the magical power and the connections to stop them.

As always, it is utterly impossible to describe the wonder, the grandeur, the sheer enchantment of a book by Dia
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, own, fiction
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
Jan 14, 2015 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
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, children-s
A trip into Irish mythology and faerie - all with Diane Duane's beautifully realized magic. This is an excellent series.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ireland! Cat-bard!? Yay!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t think I liked this one as much as the previous three novels. It was definitely still good, and we will probably move directly onto the next in the series tomorrow, but it felt slower paced and I was a little bit less certain what was happening all the time. (It was like the rules of magic got sloppier in this book, maybe?)

Also, there was some (very innocent) romance in this book, and while I’m sure it’s age appropriate, it still felt out of place to me.
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Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
I appreciate that Duane wanted to share some Irish mythology but boooooooy does it drag.
Joe ST
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this one had a kitten who was also a bard, so it gets an extra star. it also has a bunch of adults going "oh, you're the kids who've done some improbable tasks, go you!" and I love their casual acceptance of that and acceptance that the kids really will help with things.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
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
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I generally liked this book a lot. A bit more..I mean it wasn't as good as High Wizardry in MY opinion, but it is still a solid instalment in the series. There were however, two factors that made thus book so fun though.

One was the setting!

A Wizard Abroad takes us to Ireland and I loved the descriptions. I'm normally not one for heavy description, and I still wouldn't call this overtly descriptive. However, I rarely have the experience of listing descriptions as one of the things I loved in
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish-fantasy, wwjd
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
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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Jun 27, 2009 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.
My favorite of the series mostly because it centers around Ireland, and also because it give Nita the ability to find out who she is as a person. I also enjoy how the book plays with the concept of time. Of course, an epic war doesn't hurt with the novel's thrilling nature.
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
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.
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
By far, this was my favorite of the series, set in Ireland it was more magical than anything and was beautiful in everyway.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Good, but a bit boring. I mean there was action but also a lot of talking and going over wizard history. Also, I didn't like Ronan...
Chris C
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Catching up on my childhood and didn't realize there were continuations beyond the first 3. Nostalgia does not for great book recommendations make.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than forty 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 an

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Young Wizards (10 books)
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  • High Wizardry (Young Wizards #3)
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  • A Wizard Alone (Young Wizards #6)
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