The Wizard's Dilemma is the fifth title in Diane Duane's New York Times best-selling Wizardry series. Christina Moore vividly conveys Nita's teenage angst, fear, and courage in these wonderful tales of magic and mischief that have delighted readers for almost 20 years. Before there was Harry, there was Nita!
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"A multi-layered, psychological novel filled with very credible teen angst, morality, and an intriguing blend of science fiction and fantasy....Narrated by veteran actress Christina Moore, the delivery is superb." (School Library Journal)
"Duane has the gift of presenting spirituality without sectarianism or sentimentality....Powerful and satisfying on many levels." (Kirkus)
I was just blown away by this books stunning ending along with the introduction of a simi wizard/creater dog (ponch). I like how she combines her love of astronamy with magic! this the most authentically good book i've seen since... Eragon! Which is also a very good book to i recomend that you read all the books by Diane Duane.
Once again, Diane Duane proves that you can write for young adults without writing down to them.
It's kind of maddening to go through so many books in this series with so little time passing, because you want to know where the characters are going in their lives. This book helps move the character arcs a little further along, and takes you in unexpected directions.
Once again, I must praise the narrator, and point out that I'm already on book six.
I hesitated to "read" this book, since it dealt with the potential death of the central character's mother who has emerged as a great person in her own right over the last few books. I didn't feel that there could be a winning ending. But there was. Additionally my teenage daughter is facing a lot of the pressures Nita does as a freshman in highschool (How far have you two gone? Well why not?)which is nice because she asks me from time to time if she's "the only one who feels this way", regarding the worries and insecurites of a fourteen year old with a best-friend-male (nomenclature due to the fact that she's not allowed to date until she's 16). I've loved all of the books, am currently getting ready to burn #6, and won't leave the house this afternoon until I have a couple of disks ready to go with me.
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