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So You Want to Be a Wizard (Young Wizards, #1)So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was wonderful! It's YA, and on the younger side of YA, but such a fun read. It follows Nita and Kit who both find books about becoming wizards and choose to take the oath. They meet a white hole and senior level wizards and become responsible for the fate of the whole universe along the way.

The magic is really cool here--based on the Speech, on knowing something truly by saying it truly. It also features sentient trees and mechanical objects and some really cool magic involving time.

I don't want to spoil the ending, so I won't say what happens to make me cry, but I was surprised how moved I was by the ending. Full on sniffling. :)

Definitely recommend this one; I think it's the start of a series as well.



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23/7/17 23:52 (UTC)
independence1776: Ice field with the words "Until universe's end" (Until Universe's end)
Posted by [personal profile] independence1776
I'm glad you enjoyed it! SYWTBAW is my favorite book. It is the start of the Young Wizards series: the tenth book came out last year; the author's in the middle of writing the eleventh; and she's self-published two short story/novella books.

Also, the books do grow out of the younger side of YA; Nita and Kit are sixteen or seventeen years old in the newest book.

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24/7/17 16:01 (UTC)
independence1776: Ice field with the words "Until universe's end" (Until Universe's end)
Posted by [personal profile] independence1776
I was just about say what Conuly recommended: read the updated versions. They're available only on her ebook site, I think. While you can skip them because the print books hold up fairly well (aside from year-of-publication tech and minor timeline issues), A Wizard Alone is the book with the autistic character (he shows up every so often in the later books) and I regard it as necessary to read the updated one because of how drastically the changes improved the book.

The cat books are out of print, sadly, but they're not hard to track down.

DD is utterly fantastic, both as a writer and a human being.

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24/7/17 16:47 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] conuly
The cat books are out of print, sadly, but they're not hard to track down.

In print, maybe, but I just bought two copies for my Kindle off of Amazon, like, a week ago.

But maybe they just went back into print - there's a reason I didn't have them yet on Kindle.
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25/7/17 00:02 (UTC)
independence1776: Ice field with the words "Until universe's end" (Until Universe's end)
Posted by [personal profile] independence1776
I'd love it if they were back in print! But I can't find out one way or the other and looking at the prices on Amazon, I suspect not. I know DD said on her ebook site that she was trying to revert the ebook rights to herself, so maybe that's what finally happened.

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25/7/17 00:44 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] conuly
That makes sense.

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24/7/17 02:30 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] conuly
Oh, you haven't read it before? How wonderful to discover it for new! In addition to the main series, there's also two books focused on cats - Book of Night with Moon, and To Visit the Queen.

If you decide to read the rest of the series, be absolutely sure you get the updated versions. One of them features an autistic character. When autistic readers wrote to her and criticized his portrayal, she took their complaints seriously and made dramatic revisions to the book. This, like, never happens.

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