Reviews for Wizard of Mars


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
While puzzling out what happened to the Martians, young wizard Kit triggers an old magic that lets him enter a shadow city--where a Martian woman greets him as her long-lost lover. Kit's partner Nita must then save him from being absorbed by the Martians' magic. Despite some long-winded exposition, the high-stakes plot and fantasy/sci-fi blend will engage readers. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 March #1
One of finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series. Kit, Nita and their companions are recuperating from the Pullulus event by concentrating on their individual magic projects (Wizards at War, 2007). For Kit that means Mars, the planet that has fascinated him all his life. When surveying wizards awaken an ancient spell, Kit is sucked into a legendary Martian past, threatening both his own identity and the entire System; Nita, meanwhile, faces an agonizing conflict between destiny, duty and heart's desire. Duane's worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization. Mundane dilemmas integrate smoothly with world-shaking crises, shot through with sparkling humor, and space-opera adventures resolve upon the subtle ethical interplay between right choices for wrong reasons, wrong choices for right reasons and all the shades of gray in between. With its large cast and elaborate back story, probably a poor entry point to the series, but for its many fans, an eminently satisfying addition. Best of all, unresolved subplots promise number ten is on the way. (Fantasy. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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VOYA Reviews 2010 June
The adventures of young wizards Kit and Nita continue in this ninth entry in the author's popular Young Wizards series. This time the action takes place on Mars, the planet that has always fascinated Kit. He's working on finding out what happened to the Martians and, with a lot of wizardly help, possibly bringing them back. Nita, on the other hand, is struggling with developing the skill of futurity, as well as growing increasingly concerned about her relationship with Kit -- a relationship being overshadowed by his obsession with Mars Scenes from War of the Worlds (William Heinemann, 1898) and Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom (McClurg, 1917) make Kit's Martian experience even more exciting, as does an ancient spell that awakens the Martians and puts them on a course that could lead to war with Earth. Add to this the fact that Kit is possessed by a Martian in love with his princess, and things get really complicated. It's touch and go for a while, until Nita comes up with a workable solution for the continued existence of both civilizations. More than a decade before Harry Potter enrolled in Hogwarts, Diane Duane introduced Nita and Kit in So You Want to Be a Wizard (Delacorte, 1983/VOYA February 1984). Over the years they have concentrated on learning how to use their magical powers and saving the world, repeatedly. This latest entry is no exception. Outstanding worlds are built, there is lots of action, friendships are tested and renewed, and family and sibling relationships are delved into, all within the context of the circle of talented friends Kit and Nita have helping them in their quests. Fans will be delighted.--Bonnie Kunzel 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.

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