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A Wizard Abroad (Young Wizards #4)

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To give Nita a vacation from magic, Nita's parents pack her off for a month-long stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Ireland is even thicker with magical doings than the United States, and Nita soon finds herself and a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare Ireland, one in which humankind is the stuff of tales and storybooks and where the legend ...more
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Published June 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published July 22nd 1993)
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Dixie Conley
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Wayne
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, juvenile
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
Lourdes
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!
Rachel
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
Kathleen Dixon
A trip into Irish mythology and faerie - all with Diane Duane's beautifully realized magic. This is an excellent series.
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
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TerryC
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
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
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Colleen
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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