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To Visit the Queen

(Feline Wizards #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Traveling back in time to 1874 London to prevent an assassination plot against Queen Victoria, the feline wizards of Grand Central Station -- leader Rhiow and her able partners Urrah and Arhu -- must summon their powers to avert disaster in Victorian England, or else their archenemy, the evil Lone One, will warp time and trigger Armageddon. Teamed with a young Arthur Conan ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Aspect (first published January 1st 1998)
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Mar 06, 2015 marked it as to-read
So Diane Duane's first book about wizard cats has everything that you could want from a book about wizard cats (read: cats with magic powers, magic that manifests itself as visible to cats, weird physics, cats that talk, etc.), and I'm pretty sure I read it about 20x when I was twelve. If I ever read this book I have somehow blacked it out, although I'm not sure how I could ever black out a book about wizard cats time-traveling to team up with Queen Victoria (????) because that's pretty much a d ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I remember liking "The Book of Night with Moon" very much, though I don't remember the story as clearly as some of the "Young Wizards" stories. So I was happy to see there were more books about Rhiaow and her crew. Strengths:

It's a clever story. Duane is clearly deeply fond of cats and observes them well, and I had no trouble telling who was who in the cast, despite all the aurelian words and strange names. There was, I think, some fine historical research, and the ending became gripping. The hi
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to-ab
Crackling second adventure starring Duane's feline wizards; further cat-achter development is done. Duane, as in 1st outing, focuses on a squirm-and-tear-inducing scene of animal cruelty (beware!); this outing (spoilers) she steers fans through it into a healing moment (thank goddess). Lots of sliding through time gates, brief parallel world visits all powered by eye-crossing physics written in hyper detail. This did slow down and confuse the action - but not as much as the 1st book since we've ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a novel about magical cats, but also about work relationships amongst the wizardly cats. I enjoy Duane's fiction, probably targeted at YA and casual readers. Unfortunately I read the book while I was separated from my own cat and it tended to make me catsick, a variant of homesick (without producing hairballs..)The book is a sequel, title of which will follow if it is not already on my list. The part I like best is the main cat's affection and responsibility for her human, Jeff, who is a ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sff
Not as good as the first one - the ending feels rushed as heck, and I never got into the London characters the way I did with the saurians. Still: cats! Doing magic! Never a bad thing.
I've read the first two in this series already, but I don't remember them so I want to re-read.
Olivia Ambrose
A book about time-traveling cats that are also wizards! This should be an immediate hit, right? Eh. I'm going to admit, I had a hard time following this book. I couldn't get into the story, had a hard time figuring out what was going on, and kept getting the cats confused. Most have the cats have names that aren't pronounceable in English and aren't differentiated enough (to me at least) to remember which one was which. And when you're not sure which character is which - it tends to decrease my ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sequel to The Book of Night With Moon. Three of the gating team from the previous book are asked to go to London to help with malfunctioning gates at the Tower of London. People are accidentally gating through to the times other than their own, and need to be returned. Plus in an alternate London, Queen Victoria may be assassinated, which would change the London of today. So the cats end up doing some time travel to try to stop that plus getting everybody back to their correct times. The dinos ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-kali
A good follow-up to the first Cat Wizardry book. Again, a much more adult book than the Young Wizards series with talk of sex and more violence than you'd expect in the main series.

This book handles loss and love and jealousy in a variety of relationships. I don't feel that the book had a real strong thesis and the ending seemed to lack the punch I've come to expect from Duane, but we really enjoyed reading this together.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aspect
The first book in this series was about facing down entropy in the form of despair and grief, and this one is more about facing down entropy in the form of jealousy and loss. (I mean, and time-traveling magic cats, their dinosaur friends, and egyptology). It wasn't as much exactly my jam as the first one, but I think I've still identified Duane's Wizards series as ones to read when the universe is too much.
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into this as I was coming at it off the back of 9 young young wizards books. Also I read book one some 20 years ago. However once the narrative got going it fairly flowed.this is the tenth consecutive book I've read by Diane and I'm enjoying it and the universe she's created.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's a perfect sequel to the first one, and I really love how it all comes together in the end. It's perfectly bittersweet and Duane does an amazing job drawing you in and giving you what you were looking for in this sequel. I love it!
Annette McIntyre
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story. You get to learn a bit about English archaeological history as well. I was saddened by the ending though.
John Kirk
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of Diane Duane's "Wizardry" books that I bought. I picked it up in the shop because I liked the title, then the back cover blurb really hooked me. ("Aided by the Tower ravens, the Keeper of the Mummied Cats at the British Museum, a dinosaur, ...") I then discovered that it was actually the second in the series, so I put this on hold while I bought/read The Book of Night with Moon, then came back to it afterwards.

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How many books exist that are written from a feline perspective? And of those few, how many are well done?

It saddens me that this series is getting harder to find in libraries. What child's mind wouldn't light with delight, what adult wouldn't marvel at the often overlooked quality of many young adult authors?

"Think of it as a hyperquadratic equation. Depending on the conditions and context, the same equation gives you different answers at different times. But all the answers are correct. Myth
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Joan by: Rachael Fielding
Rhiow and her fellow feline wizards who maintain the main gates in New York, are called to London to deal with a crisis there. The gates can be used to get to a different place or a different time or both. Rhiow and the two groups of wizards have to solve the problem before the Lone One or in the Feline pantheon, Sa Rrahh, succeeds in his/her latest plan to win the ongoing battle between good and evil, life and entropy.

It seems as though Duane, who I enjoy and respect as a writer, simply cannot
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
"To Visit the Queen" isn't quite as striking a book as the first Feline Wizards novel is; to offset that, I reread it in one sitting this afternoon while a cat slept possessively across my neck. It's a time-travel story, about preventing the destruction of the world via anachronistic technology, and so a large part of the 'plot' is figuring out what and when was changed. The pleasure of the book, though, is in the lives of the cats as they do this, seeing teams of adults learning to work togethe ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who have read the So, you want to be a Wizard series.
If I had never read the 'So, You want to be a Wizard' series, I would have been totally lost. As it was, I was lost quite often anyway. You have to learn a new Cat language to follow along with the book, and although the unspoken language is italicized, it's still tough to get through. The history written throughout the book is an interesting take on real life. I got bogged down about 3/4th the way through the book and thought I'd never see my way through it. I finally persevered, and finished t ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The continuing saga of Rhiow and company. This time evil is afoot across the boundaries of time, and must be stopped.

Those of you who can remember far enough back to my notes on the first book in the series might recall my yearning for the lack of magic, and more cat-ness. Duane took a completely opposite tack - the cat-ness became routine and repetitive, and almost gives an impression of a search-and-replace operation on several basic displays of emotion, but the magic part does seem to have be
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was, to me, a little gritter than the first book, which was serious enough despite the subject matter. But in this book Duane dives head-on into an aspect of the cat-wizards' lives that she only touched on in the first book: sex. She handles it well, dealing with both the obvious and the subtle ramifications. For cat lovers and non-ailurophiles, a definite good read.

I do, however rate the first book higher because of the deft way Duane sets up her cosmology. The issues this book deals with
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
Once again I was impressed with this cat adventure. This is more technical than the first book so it might not appeal to those who don't love science and math, the theories were mind boggling and mixed with just enough magic to be plausible. I also enjoyed that she took the opportunity to expand on the lives of her main characters while they were on this new adventure. You can see grow and maturity in the young characters and increasing age and wisdom in the older ones. I love the major tie in o ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very interesting premise and something totally different but definitely too much time spent on the technical specs of the process of time and distance travel and not nearly enough to the character development. The book was a pretty slow read until the last 20% or so when there was a switch to focus on some character development, plot twists and faster action. I really liked the premise and overall it did have a very interesting story, but I had to get way to far into it to enjoy it.
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this story much better than the Book of Night with Moon which preceded it. There's time travel involved, and plots against the queen Victoria and imminent threats of nuclear winter.

Around page 54-55, there was some anti-religious content, which seemed to come out of nowhere and (having finished the book) seems to serve no purpose in terms of plot and/or character development. I already returned the book to library, so I can't quote it, but it was rather jarring to me, and at the very lea
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I had actually started reading this book awhile ago, but gave up halfway through. Read the first book of the series a few weeks ago and just not finished this one. I must say that I preferred the first despite the flaws it had.

I didn't think the sequel was a fun as the first one. The characters that I have loved and connected with were still there but they seemed hushed a little. Not to mention that certain parts dragged while other parts seemed a little rushed.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very difficult to read. There were many words in "cat" language forcing me to stop reading and turn to the glossary to find them. This threw me out of the book over and over again. Also the "technology" was complex and difficult to understand. I know this was a fantasy, but Queen Victoria with nuclear weapons? I have decided I am not a fan.
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
An enjoyable sequel to The Book of Night with Moon, this book provides the story of another fun adventure with the cat wizards. In this one, the combination of magic and science fiction via gating and time travel allows the team to roam through Victorian England to set things straight. The new setting brings in some interesting characters and personages.
Lindsay (Santafefan)
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
For some this book may be overly dry with all the details about the magic and lines of force and webbing, but for me it was the cat's meow. (Yeah, *groan*) I haven't read the first in this series but was so delighted with this that I just ordered it.
Rated 4.5, rounded down because the so-called "unabridged" audiobook is actually quite definitely abridged, & in a way that makes it very awkward politically - it cuts out a great deal of the reasoning behind Victorian laws, for a start... I still love the original book, though.
Becky Fielding
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sequel to The Book of Night with Moon. The cast of cat characters are guards for Queeen Victoria. That's all I'll say. Give both books a try - especially, if you've been the companion for a feline or two or more.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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