Monday, July 07, 2008

So You Want to Be a Wizard (book review)

So You Want to Be a Wizard, by Diane Duane, begins when twelve-year-old Nita runs into her local library to hide from a gang of local bullies. As she is running her hand along the shelf, something stops her. It's a book titled So You Want To Be A Wizard. Nita takes the book home and reads every page of it. At the end of the book she takes the wizard's oath and becomes a wizard herself. She soon meets a fellow wizard, a young boy named Kit. During their first spell, Nita and Kit accidentally transfer a white hole named Fred from his world into theirs. Having found no way to return him to his own universe, they take him in as a friend.

Soon, Nita, Kit, and Fred are running off on a new adventure, this time in a horrible parallel world where cars, helicopters, and even fire hydrants are living--and carnivorous--creatures! Kit, who is a natural with vehicles, soon befriends a predatory sports car, which he had helped out of a fix. With their newfound help, the young wizards soon restore this strange world--and their own--to order, but not before they all make terrible sacrifices and learn more about themselves than they could ever have hoped to know.

I think this was a great start to what I suspect is a wonderful series. The world Duane created was fascinating and dangerous, and there was a great variety of characters. I absolutely can't wait to read the next book in the series, Deep Wizardry.