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What's supposed to be just a plain old summer vacation—swim, sand, and sun—takes a turn for the magical when Nita and Kit come to the aid of a fellow wizard. Only, this wizard is a whale, and she needs the two teens to join a group of whales and dolphins in an ancient underwater ritual. But performing the Song of the Twelve is not easy—and there are things in the ocean morWhat's supposed to be just a plain old summer vacation—swim, sand, and sun—takes a turn for the magical when Nita and Kit come to the aid of a fellow wizard. Only, this wizard is a whale, and she needs the two teens to join a group of whales and dolphins in an ancient underwater ritual. But performing the Song of the Twelve is not easy—and there are things in the ocean more dangerous than even the Lone Power, such as the enormous Master Shark. He is as old as the sea and has his own role in the Song of the Twelve, a role that requires only that he do what he's best at…eat someone....

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Deep Wizardry Reviews

  • Pauline Ross
    2019-05-18 23:40

    If ever anyone asks you what exactly is the point of a site like Goodreads, do please direct them to this review. A few months ago, I read the first in this series, 'So You Want To Be A Wizard', and although I liked it, I had no great desire to read any more in the sequence. But when I posted this in my Goodreads review, a friend begged me to carry on, because this, the second book in the series, was one of her all time favourite books. So I took her advice, and you know what? I love it too. It's astonishing how many wonderful stories I've found through Goodreads - not just friends' recommendations, but other reviews, discussion groups or simply surfing around, following links from book to book to author to book... It's an invaluable resource for readers.This is a children's (or perhaps more properly a young adult) book, the second of a long series, but it's also an excellent read for adults. I am several decades above the intended demographic, but I absolutely loved it. The first half of the book is a fairly straightforward tale of two kids, Nita and Kit, learning to enjoy their newfound powers of wizardry, while avoiding Nita's pesky younger sister and trying not to be caught out by her parents. There's a sprinkling of politically correct ecology (pollution is bad, children), plus some swimming with dolphins and whales and such like fluff.But then, about half way through, the story transforms into something deeper, darker and much more interesting. Suddenly it's about love and death, and willing sacrifice, and keeping your word no matter the cost. Oh, and a little about the innateness (or not) of male aggression. Which was unexpected. Even though you know, of course, that Nita and Kit will be fine (since the series goes on and on) and even I saw what had to happen to make things come out right, it was still exciting and scary and very moving. I cried, a lot, and that's embarrassing at my age (and I was on a train, too). Not sure what teenage (or younger) readers would make of it, but I thought it was terrific. A good 4 stars.

  • Tamora Pierce
    2019-06-13 23:44

    My favorite in the series. I love how Nita discovers that an offhand promise turns out to be very serious, and how the kids find it harder and harder to work around their families. There is a very dramatic storyline that left my in tears, too.

  • Kate Sherrod
    2019-06-17 23:48

    While I regretted last time around that I had not encountered Diane Duane's Young Wizards books when I was a young'un, this time around I'm pretty glad I didn't, because if I'd come across Deep Wizardry when I was the age of its two young protagonists, I would have required extensive therapy afterward. Look, I'm not going to get into this much, but man, I could have used a trigger warning becauseGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYS.I'm having trouble breathing after just having typed those words.*Fortunately, I'm a grown up now, and have evolved and developed coping techniques for dealing with scenes like theGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYSand am thus somewhat capable of admiring that scene for the majestic and badass bit of action writing that it is. Somewhat. I'm still very glad I put this book down to sleep last night well before the advent of theGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYSor I wouldn't have slept at all and would probably have to be hauled off to a mental ward like one of H.P. Lovecraft's less strongly-constituted wus-heroes.All that aside, Deep Wizardry is a remarkably wise, thoughtful and lovely book. We start up not long after Nita and Kit saved the world from the "Lone Power" in So You Want to be a Wizard, with Nita's family (and Kit along for good measure) vacationing on the beach and Nita and Kit exploring the delights of ocean swimming along with their budding powers and responsibilities. Soon it's those responsibilities -- as I observed last time around, Duane's version of magic has a heavy ethical/ecological bent and literally preserves the world -- that come crashing to the fore like a tidal wave when the duo meet up with a badly injured humpback whale, who turns out to be a young wizard herself, and who has just lost her mentor at the worst possible time.Soon Nita and Kit are drawn into an awesome round of ritual and rite of passage upon which the fate of the eastern seaboard depends -- the Lone Power they defeated and sealed off last time around is always finding new and old ways to attack the fragile living cosmos these kids and their kind are sworn to defend and preserve -- and into a frame of reference that is startling in its maturity, as they have to spend much of the novel contemplating death quite seriously and personally.Adding to the shivery archetypal dread of this story is the magnificent giant white "Master-shark" (as in the biggest Great White Shark that ever lived, so old -- possibly thousands of years old -- and vast that he is actually all white, like a deadly ghost slicing through the water), Ed** (short for Ed'Rashtekaresket), who pretty much steals the novel. Ed is a giant slab of uncanny, inhuman awesome, utterly believable as both shark and sentient, at home in his role as the "ender of distress" and full of bleak, harsh and yet still oddly compassionate wisdom in his dealings with Nita and Kit, who assume the forms of a humpback and a sperm whale, respectively, for their dealings in the deep. And while they might therefore be a little bigger than Ed, his lordly, dreadful power keeps them and us in awe through their every dealing with him.Really, were I at all a reasonable person, I'd be much more afraid of Ed than of theGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYSbut anyone who knows me or even just reads my blog at all often probably already knows that if there is one thing I am not, it's a reasonable person. As it is, well, Ed versus theGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYSis one of the most thrilling and seat-wetting passages I've ever encountered in literature. Holy crap, you guys?And but so, Duane has published seven more of these Young Wizards books to date, and another one is due later this year. Could she ever possibly top this? Or even come close to hitting its (pardon me) high water mark? I dunno. But I'm ready to find out.After some milk and cookies and soothing music to cure me of my lingering horrors from theGIANT SQUID ATTACKS YOU GUYSand the after-effects of some truly tragic content as well.Deep and powerful stuff.*My greatest childhood phobia was that a giant squid was under my bed and gonna attack me from the watery ocean depths that were also under my bed and yes I knew at the time this was quite impossible given that said bed was some 6000 feet above sea level not far from the Continental Divide but that's what phobias are, you guys. They're as powerful as they are irrational.

  • Kit
    2019-06-04 03:57

    Oops, I am falling absolutely in love with these little books. First off, let me say that I have been trying a "straddling" technique in reading these; I have been alternating between listening to the (fantastically charming) audiobook for my commute to work and then switching to my paperbacks (which I hastily and excitedly purchased from Orca Books in Oly for a song on store credit) for my 15-minute work breaks in order to continue the story. I can safely say that I have been impatiently shelving books during my shifts, thinking about my next chance to read about my "leetle wixxards" and then shuffle the stories on to my friend Pietro so I will have someone to giggle and squeal with.What I love:-Parents in the book are treated with love and respect for their feelings. It is lovely how Nita and Kit both seem to actually care what their parents think about them and don't want to lie to them, both for personal and practical reasons of their wizardry and "speaking truth." Charming and different. -Whalesong. Oh my gosh this is so cute. Love the way the whale speech has little hints of the actual sounds whales make. I think Nita's name came out something like "hN'iit", which, if you sort of perform it yourself, has a fair similarity to the sounds whales make underwater. Very clever little idea. -Nita and Kit's friendship is absolutely fantastic. I love seeing stories where a boy and girl are allowed to be close friends and care about each other without it immediately nosediving into a relationship or romance. I have been informed that there will be more development of the characters on this front, but I have a feeling that since the author has seemed to demonstrate a relatively gentle hand on a lot of matters of character development, that I won't feel too shoehorned into it. (As a sidenote, Nita's mother and little sister seem to be viewing her adventures with her friend with some suspicion in the book, but other than one conversation, I didn't find myself too shocked by the direction their minds took. It is kinda nice to see that sort of thing develop over time in characters' minds, but considering their age, I suppose it is somewhat natural, if a bit extreme...)This brings me to my next point...-HOLY CARP IN A BUCKET, THE PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AREN'T IDIOTS. This makes me terribly happy in a book for young people, because I could never stand it as a kid when books for people my age were populated with clueless, useless, helpless adults and authority figures. I found it terribly insulting on the front that a) the author seemed to think pandering to me was appropriate rather than being realistic or fair about how people actually act b)it is very diminishing of the achievements and adventures young people have if the adults don't pose any kind of threat to their options as young characters and thus it felt like "making it easy" for the kids by reducing the challenge. I never liked feeling like the only reason these kids got up to so much fun was because their parents were overgrown toddlers. Guhh. Gag me. Nita's parents are an actual concern in the story, both for practical reasons as for emotional ones. They are actually considered by her a lot, which ties into my previous point, but are also seen as individual, emotional beings rather than just the creators of her life. I particularly liked that they try to address the issues to some degree and ease their minds some in a really personal way. I want to see more of this in the books following. Let's hope.-The way the song was figured out at the end maintained some tension while still making sense. Thank you for not condescending to readers like Meyer by promising a big fight and then dropping it because you don't want your characters to have to go through anything difficult. -The relationship between Dairene and Nita is realistic but remarkably mature at the same time on how they deal with each other. I really look forward to them working together in the future and really enjoyed Dairene's cleverness in helping Nita. Yep. Need more leetle wixxards.

  • Corrina
    2019-06-17 01:35

    Read my full review at!I’m finding it really interesting to read the New Millennium Editions. I’ve read all of the original editions, and the earlier ones have always felt a bit out of sync with the later books, since the nine that are currently out were written and published over 20 years. Technology has changed a great deal, and there are some details that get forgotten in between the books that Duane has fixed. For example, Nita wore glasses in the first book, but not in the rest of the series. Deep Wizardry clears it up by explaining that Nita is using wizardry to fix her eyes. A minor point, but it’s nice to tie the books more closely together, especially when you are reading them as a series and not as stand-alone novels. It also explains why Nita and Kit don’t just use cell phones (the beach is a no-signal area), which would be today’s reader’s first question when someone is looking for the pair.This whole series really examines the idea of choice and personal responsibility. Nita is warned to read the fine print, but she agrees to participate in the Song of Twelve and to play the role of the Silent Lord without realizing that it is not a play, it is a re-enactment, and that whoever plays the Silent Lord really does die. Nita is 13–she doesn’t want to die, she is frantic to find a way to live, but if she doesn’t do what she promised she would do, millions of people will die. Is her life worth millions of other lives? Maybe she didn’t understand the promise that she made at the time, but she still promised. She was old enough to take the Oath of wizardry, to take the Oath of the Song of Twelve–she is old enough to face the consequences.And sometimes people die. They do it all the time, as Carl points out. Dying is easy. And it’s not fair. But that’s what wizards are supposed to fight against–the death that isn’t fair, the fear and pain and anger and loneliness that the Lone Power created and forced upon the worlds. Taking his weapon and making it your own–that’s what the Silent Lord did, and it bound Him for thousands of years. Doesn’t mean you can’t be afraid.

  • First Second Books
    2019-05-29 23:57

    This is one of my favorites of Diane Duane’s ‘Young Wizards’ series – not in the least because it’s full of whales! But what I love most about it is that it’s got the ‘noble sacrifice for the good of all’ scenario going on in it. With great white sharks! How cool is that?

  • Tria
    2019-06-13 00:53

    One of my favourites in the series. I feel I gained perhaps a little extra insight trying to write fanfiction about Ed (for my friends, that's my Yuletide Madness 2009/10 story "Through the Echoing Dark"). I love hearing about non-human wizards, and the Song of the Twelve is nothing short of delightful in its language, conception and execution. (I love that so much, it's the origin of one of my domain names.) One of the things I enjoy most about the Young Wizards series is that Diane Duane does her best never to talk down to her readers, even though it's YA. And so it goes here. I very much like the drawing of Nita's and Kit's families, and the teens' attempts to do wizardry in secret while still having to keep up as normal a family life as possible, so that their parents and siblings don't suspect what they're doing - whether or not they would believe it. At the same time, trying to save all their lives occasionally requires a bit of disobedience - for example, when Nita is told she can't go out and has to anyway. Her unhappiness at having to disobey her parents is clear, even while she knows their lives are all at stake.Definitely a favourite.

  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    2019-06-18 03:55

    Ah, Ed. He was the best part, but also Carl, and Tom, and Peach... I love that Nita and Kit are solid best friends and are a team. Their magic is very collaborative and I enjoy this so much.

  • Deanna
    2019-06-04 21:44

    I love this series. That being said, of all the books in the series, this one leaves me with the most mixed feelings. The author weaves a haunting and beautiful story, most believably, of a wizardry of the whales and the sea that must occur at the deepest part of the sea floor to contain the oldest and darkest Lone Power. The Twelve Song involves real sacrifice, "real" in the darkest and most complete sense, for in no other way can the Lone Power be conquered. Every race, country, culture and story has this old and vibrant echo behind it, and it comes from the deepest eternal truth. Listening to the book as I walked my little dog, I found embarrassing tears running down my face. Although this series is marketed to teens, it might leave children confused and a little shaken with the philosophy and violent realities of sacrifice. Thus, my mixed feelings -- a little too much philosophy and description, the author's beautiful words carrying the feeling that she loves them for their own sake, and this is a little (very little) distracting. And it's a little difficult to know whether my grandchildren are ready for such a powerful story -- at what age can you be told the hardest truths?Be sure to read "So You Want to Be a Wizard" first. This series is best read in order.

  • Dixie Conley
    2019-05-22 21:01

    A masterful sequel to the first book in the series. Got me all sentimental over a shark, too. What kept this from being a five star book was the whining of the heroine. Yes, it's definitely fair to whine over discovering that you talked yourself into a situation where you have to commit suicide, but she just does so *much* of it. And her parents. So much sneaking around, so much disbelief. I'm glad that's over with so we won't have to deal with it later in the series, but still, it was a little over the top.This book is about the protagonists taking a vacation at the beach and discovering that the sea has major problems that require the whales to perform an ancient ritual. And that they get to be a part of it.My favorite character in this book? Ed, the shark.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-22 21:35

    This was my favorite book when I was 14. I read it so many times that I memorized large chunks of it. I wanted to live in it. And I haven't read it since then, because I didn't want to taint the memory - so many of our childhood favorites fail to stand the test of time.But I've been craving literary comfort food, and I found this at the library again, and it seemed like time to reread it. And it's every single word as good as I remembered. It still made me cry, and dream, and ache inside in the best possible way. I don't know if I'll go back and reread the rest of the series - but it feels amazing to find this piece of my heart again.

  • TerryC
    2019-06-05 04:01

    good book

  • John Kirk
    2019-06-10 23:42

    This is my favourite book out of the whole "Young Wizards" series. I think it gets to the core of what the series is all about, i.e. the Wizard's Choice and the consequences of that choice, particularly in terms of self-sacrifice. I also like the idea of exploring a new world beneath the waves.I didn't notice any major differences in this new edition compared to the original; they mention mobile phones a few times, but mainly just to say that there's no coverage where they're staying. I think the most important update is that there's a new date at the start of the book, to fit the revised timeline: this one now took place in July 2008 (2 months after So You Want to Be a Wizard).There are a few minor typos, e.g. "I'm lot sure" (rather than "I'm not sure") but I can live with them.My only real complaint about this book is that there's a plothole regarding Kit's "warning sign"; it's a pity that this wasn't corrected in the new edition.(view spoiler)[On p59, S'reee explains how Kit and Nita can change into whales. Nita did it by blood, and the risk was that she might get stuck as a whale. ("If you start finding your own memories difficult to recall, it's time to get out of the whaleshape, before it becomes you permanently.") By contrast, Kit used a whalesark, and the risk was that his body might reject it. ("Your warning signs are nearly the opposite of hNii't's. Language is the first thing to go. If you find yourself losing whalesong, you must surface and get out of the sark immediately.")Jumping ahead to pp158-159, Kit tells Nita that he's been having some trouble with his speciality (talking to rocks). ("Nita said nothing for a moment, startled by the idea that Kit had been losing some of his talent at his speciality. There was something that could mean, some warning sign - She couldn't think what.") If Nita's losing her memory, that's a warning sign for her, although ironically it's not very helpful if she can't remember what it's supposed to be warning her about! However, Kit was never supposed to be in any danger of losing his normal skills; this implies that he's becoming more whale than human, which is the opposite of how it was originally explained.There's a similar issue on p177-178:The other was Kit [...] looking up at Nita and singing one note of heart-tearing misery - not in the Speech - not in the human-flavored whale he had always spoken before - but in pure whale."Oh, no. He's lost language! Nita's heart seized. S'reee had said that if that happened, the whalesark was about to be rejected by Kit's brain.Well, no. S'reee said that he'd be in trouble if he lost whalesong; losing human language (or the Speech) is the opposite of that. Ah well, never mind.There are obvious comparisons between Ed in this book and Fred in the previous book. They both have long names that are abbreviated (and the abbreviations rhyme); also, they both wind up sacrificing themselves to save the protagonists. However, I think it's more interesting to compare each of them to Nita.The whole dilemma in this book is that Nita has inadvertently signed up to die, and she doesn't want to go through with it. When she finally changes her mind, realising that she needs to save Kit, she's triumphant; this really reminded me of Fred, when he realised that this was what everything else had led up to. All his experience had prepared him for the one moment when he could really make a difference and save everyone else.As for Ed, I don't see him as a murderer; I think that the Silent Lord's death is more like assisted suicide. Looking at the Silent Lord's song, it's impressive that it manages to apply to both Ed and Nita but in different ways. ("Not old enough to love as yet, but old enough to die, indeed.") Nita is too young to have loved someone; Ed is so old that he's ready to die, and he's never loved throughout his long life. (hide spoiler)]

  • Samantha
    2019-05-24 21:01

    How has it taken me this long to read Diane Duane??? This was definitely a "too good, will read until I physically pass out" books

  • Sarah
    2019-06-17 23:57

    I have to admit, I don’t usually read Middle Grade fiction (is this Middle Grade? I think so. That is what I’ve been led to believe). I’m well out of the target-audience (though that alone does not often stop me), and seem to be too far past the age of having the sense of wonder that a lot of MG fiction requires for enjoyment. However, I’m taking a Writing Children’s Lit class this semester, and this book ended up in my hands. “It’s an excellent example of craft,” my professor said. “There’s also a terrific shark character whose name sounds like the gnashing of teeth.”I was pretty much sold. Also, I really wanted to do well in the class, and hopefully learn a thing or two about writing children’s fiction in the process. (Although I do wish he had told me that this was the second book in a series - because I was pretty lost until Nita’s recap of what happened in Manhattan. If I had known I would have started with the first one). After reading it, my thoughts about this book boil down into basically two points:The first, that I wish I had come across this book when I was younger. Ten- to twelve-year-old me would have loved this. She would have devoured this whole series gleefully. I have no idea why I had never heard of these books until now.Second, that nineteen-year-old me also kind of loved this. Yes, I loved the whales less than I probably would have a few years ago, but the book itself is definitely still enjoyable for adults.Overview:Things I Liked- Nita, for being relatable, and always trying to do the right thing (even when keeping her word comes at risk to her life).- Kit, for being both loyal and flawed.- Dairine, for being my favorite. I, too, am a younger sister who always wanted to know everything that my older sister knew, and more. I love Dairine.- The Master Shark. Just, everything about him. (Especially the mythology surrounding him, and whether or not he was immortal, and the “sharks don’t die from natural causes” bit).- How the author handled Nita’s parents, and whether or not they should know about wizardry.- The whole mythology of the Song of the Twelve.Things I Didn’t Like- S’reee. Least competent wizard by far. I feel like I was supposed to like her more than I did, or at least forgive her for not telling Nita the whole story…but I had a hard time not being angry with her.- Nit-pick: The fact that the chapter titled “Ed’s Song” comes before Nita starts calling the Master Shark “Ed.”All in all, this was fantastic. It is a lot of fun, and immensely enjoyable, and really smartly written.

  • Mary
    2019-06-08 22:59

    This may be my favorite of the series; it's certainly one of the top three, because of the emotional and moral power of the story. While on a peaceful vacation on the beach, Nita and Kit find themselves slammed into an adventure that may have deadly consequences. It's essential that the wizards of the sea re-enact the song of the twelve. If it isn't done, and isn't done right, millions of people may die. Nita and Kit volunteer to help the whales, but they have no idea what they're getting into-I can't even imagine how hard this book would have hit me if I'd read it as a child. I think it would rapidly have joined "A Wrinkle in Time" as a seminal book. It's certainly in that company in showing a young teen girl's very specific grit, intelligence and resolve. Nita comes across as a real kid in a really horrible situation. In addition, other things I love:1. Her determination to tell the truth to her parents, and the way they respond.2. That devastating conversation with Tom or Carl (I'm sorry; I can't remember which, but I think it's Carl), in which poor Nita breaks down and the only comfort her adult mentor can offer is the stern truth.3. A glimpse of whale society, and some very interesting personalities.4. Ed! The pale slayer is a fascinating character, and something of a hero in his own right. A friend suggested that I write a comparison between Ed and Severus Snape. I'm not up for it - not yet - but maybe I'll do it sometime. There are certainly strong similarities.5. Finally, Ed, and that conversation, and Nita's resolve, make it very clear that there is a difference between "nice" and "good". Goodness can be scary, even dangerous. Duane gets that, and she shows it. I can understand some readers of Duane getting frustrated with the "technobabble" aspect of the wizardry in these books. Sometimes I do find it a bit much, but I basically love that wizardry is based in real scientific concepts. This book was the one that sucked me in to the rest of the series. It's powerful and imaginative and thought-provoking. If you love fantasy quests, or have any taste at all for sf, you should give it a try. Recommended.(This was a reread, btw.Duane has just published updated e-versions of the first three novels in the series, and I picked them up. I'm glad I did.)

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    2019-05-30 03:55

    Duane did it again. This was amazing. It didn't have quite the emotional impact as the first one, but even still I was constantly on the edge of my seat, metaphorically speaking. I couldn't figure out how she was going to pull this off, how this wasn't going to all end in disaster for our heroes because Duane set up this impossible premise and committed to it. Nita and Kit may just be kids (12 and 11 in the NME, 14 and 13 in the older editions) but they prove again to be capable of understanding complex issues and committing themselves to helping solve them. Here, their actions from the first book end up having some unexpected consequences for the Sea and the life that lives in it. The Lone Power has been changed, but its life isn't linear. It exists in all times, at all points, and it is currently bound under the sea below the surface of the earth, trying to escape. The lives of thousands of sea creatures are at risk, and when Nita and Kit agree to help, they end up in a situation beyond what they expected to deal with. The tension is palpable and keeps ramping up the closer they get enacting the Song that will bind the Lone Power again - if they can all play their parts.On top of that, Nita has family issues at home as her secret identity as a wizard is threatened to be exposed. I love Nita's family. Dairine is the annoying little sister, and her parents don't understand what's going on with their eldest daughter, but they're willing to trust her. This is a family that loves and respects each other, and it shows in the way they interact with each other. Some of the changes with the NME timeline don't quite work with the original text (Nita's mom being worried that Nita and Kit are having sex, for instance). Nita's also still getting used to having a friend, and even though she and Kit trust each other and are close, she doesn't always know how to handle him.The writing and world-building continue to shine in this series. Duane weaves a mythology for sea life and wizardry that's built upon actual marine biology and physiology, and she brings that world to life for the reader with stunningly written passages and breathtaking action. I look forward to the next adventure.

  • Lindley Walter-smith
    2019-05-24 03:40

    I liked the first book very much, but this was in many ways a disappointment.First, I hope you like whales. Not just like them and hope they aren't all killed by whalers, but that you're fascinated by every little detail about them. Because if not, boy you are going to be sick of them by the end of this book. Secondly, the problems Duane had in the first book with writing the kids appropriately to their age are worse in this one. Sometimes she seems to remember they are tweens, and other times she starts writing them as if they were in their upper teens. Their maturity level jumps all over the place - especially in one painfully embarrassing scene in which Nita's mother tries to figure out if she is sexually active with a twelve year old.Thirdly, the setup seems a bit cheap - the sacrifice asked of Nita is flagged really, really clearly and her obliviousness doesn't make sense, but at the same time it's blindingly obvious that she's never actually going to be asked to make it. And I have to ask, two books in, just what the death toll of these kids inspiring every random acquaintance to die for them is going to be by the end of the series. Of course, death is not a bad thing, in these books, but a beautiful passing. Unless it happens to Nita or Kit, of course.Some of this is still really good - the sequence forcing Nita to confront her policy of secrecy about her own wizardry, for example, and when she appeals to a senior wizard for ethical help and is not handed the easy answers she wants. The shark character was actually quite alluring - although I kind of wish he wasn't a shark. Yeah, the whole whales and fish thing really didn't work for me.I'm still invested enough in the series, the world-building, the arch villain, and the characters to continue reading. Overall, though, it's a very heavy-handed and didactic book which it lectures about the Evils of Pollution (pollution causes krakens!) but doesn't actually provide any practical ways for young readers to alter their own impact on the planet for the better. It's just not as good as the first one. But I have hopes that the series will improve.After all, the next book will probably have less whales in it.

  • Julie Decker
    2019-05-27 22:02

    When Nita and Kit go on holiday, they're not expecting to have to save the world, but soon they find out that whale wizards live in the ocean and they need their help. A ritual that originally bound the Lone Power has to be reenacted to keep the world safe, and Nita and Kit agree to participate. But when Nita realizes she's volunteered for the part of the song that requires a sacrifice, she's terrified. But the way wizardry works and the stakes involved won't let her back out just to spare her own life--especially since millions will die if the ritual isn't performed. Nita and Kit meet whale wizard S'reee and some dolphins, and spend some time under the ocean transformed into whales, eventually meeting the ancient shark who is supposed to devour her at the end of the ritual. But consistently interfering with their epic duties are . . . Nita's parents, who don't want them outside on the beach after dark. Can Nita save the world and still save herself?This is poignantly, strikingly written, with the fear Nita feels hanging like a horrible weight over the pages where certain death is looming. I found the ritual itself questionable--why it had to involve literal sacrifice, and why wizards let her promise herself for this purpose without knowing what it meant--but accepting that it's cruel and weird, everything proceeded from the decision in a satisfying way. One thing I really liked a lot, though, was the involvement of Nita's family. In most books with children who possess magical powers and big destinies, they seem to think it's out of the question to let their parents in on their new reality, and they sneak around without revealing themselves because secrecy is somehow so important. In contrast, Nita and Kit just decide to tell what they're doing, which is nice since they can prove magic works (through a little trip to the moon), and Nita's sister Dairine is able to understand some of the language at one point so it's clear she's going to be a wizard too. There's a strange little thread of whimsical underneath all the seriousness here, and it's incredibly well written and tied to character perspective. Highly recommended.

  • spaceboy
    2019-06-11 03:46

    Re-read from ye olde days from when I was but a wee babe.I decided to go into these not only because Games Wizards Play is FINALLY coming out, but because I've been on a massive Tumblr roleplaying spree and decided to get in touch with my Jesse Turner muse.For those of you who are not familiar, and possibly even familiar with and just have no clue who I'm talking about, Jesse is my favorite antichrist ever. From Supernatural, this is the story of a boy forgotten. Whose powers threatened to shake the world and he just... disappeared.So how better to redeem a character born damned than to send him on errantry.The overall concept has been so romantic to me, and that's why Young Wizards is so intoxicating. The blend of pure, unadulterated magic mixed with the logic of science. The themes of religion so intelligently masked by pretty words. I LOVE IT. So, back on topic, Deep Wizardry, for whatever reason, is always the book I get stuck on when attempting to re-read the series. Which sucks because it's LITERALLY the second book in the series.I think part of it has to do with the fact that So You Want To Be a Wizard is such an incredible ride, and the majority of Deep Wizardry is not. I get that the conflict with Nita's parents had to arise at some point. It makes sense. Taking up the majority of the novel going between that and literally doing the same thing OVER AND OVER again drives me up the wall. We find the whale, we say the oath, we realize it's late, we skirt around the details about why we were out so late.Literally the last chapter makes up for it all though. With the Song performance as well as the SUPER ADULT MORTALITY AND MORALITY SPEECH BETWEEN TOM AND NITA THAT TAKES PLACE BEFORE SHE TAKES TO THE SEA (WHICH FUCKED ME UP RE-READING NOW BEING A 20-SOMETHING. LIKE THAT IS DEEP SHIT.) Makes this book worthwhile.And, as stated before in my super general review, fucking Dairiene. (HEY LOOK GOODREADS, MY FIRST OFFICIAL REVIEW IN FOREVER! I TOLD YOU I'D GET TO IT!)

  • Jen
    2019-06-05 04:53

    I'm constantly surprised by how much I like Duane's "Young Wizards" books. They're deep without being sappy, hopeful without being saccharine, and fact-filled without being pedantic. Hats off to her for being able to do that.In this, the second of the series, there are lots of references to the first book and its consequences. You don't necessarily have to have read it to get this one, but it would help a lot. So Kit and Nita are on vacation, and their wizardry assignments take them into the world of the sea.Do you know what I don't like at all? Deep water. Do you know what I also don't like? Sharks. So this was a peach for me to read, considering the bulk of it takes place miles under water with a whale-sized shark as a character.But the thing that amazes me about Duane is that, by the end of the book, the shark is freaking awesome in a gravitas sort of way. And the ocean becomes--well, still utterly frightening, but alive; it's a world of its own, and Duane is very careful to create its importance and underscore how humans have totally screwed it up. This book is environmentalism before it was cool, but it's also environmentalism that isn't the overwhelmingness of dead polar bears. You care about what Nita and Kit see in this world of their whale and dolphin characters because you care about the characters, you care about how life works with itself, and you understand that not all of it is cute and fluffy even before humans got involved. Duane makes the case for environmentalism based on respect rather than pity, which I think is huge.I love this series in general, but I especially love the way it praises honor, sacrifice, intelligence, and honesty without being either abashed about it or syrupy. I smiled, my heart was wrenched, and I delight that I have the next in the series somewhere in the house.

  • Nancy Brady
    2019-05-22 23:50

    Before there was Harry, there was Nita and Kit, two wizards. Two wizards chosen by a book, which was conveniently named "So You Want to be a Wizard" (which is also the title of the first book in this Tween/YA series by the way).In this second book in the series, Nita and Kit are vacationing at the beach with Nita's parents. Their wizardry skills are called into helping the whale community prevent a disaster. At first, saving a whale, they transfigure into whales a sperm whale, the other a blue two different methods.But entering the whale world, and agreeing to participate in the Song of the Twelve, could be fatal to the pair as the ocean, its creatures (sharks, giant squids called krakens), and more do everything to stop them. Added to that is, there is The Lone One to contend with as well as parents and an inquisitive younger sister, Dairine.Will they save the world of wizards and mortals? Will they survive or will one pay the ultimate price to save millions?Recommended for anyone who enjoys fantasy; who loved J.K. Rowling's novels; and YA/tween novels about wizards.

  • sj
    2019-05-24 02:57

    Nita's mother was staring up at the sky with a look of joy so great it was pain - the completely bearable anguish of an impossible dream that suddenly comes true after years of hopeless yearning. Tears were running down her mother's face at the sight of that sky, so pure a velvet black that the eye insisted on finding light in it where light was not - a night sky set with thousands of stars, all blazing with a cold fierce brilliance that only astronauts ever saw, a night sky that nonetheless had a ravening sun standing noonday high in it, pooling all their shadows black and razor-sharp about their feet.When I first read these, this was my favourite of the first three. I turned to this one time and time again, mostly because of that bit up there and the whale song (especially the kraken attacks [SORRY, KATE!]).For some reason, the last time I read these, I wasn't as enchanted with this one, but the magic was back this time (punintentional, swearsies). (view spoiler)[Ed, man. Ed. (hide spoiler)]

  • Badseedgirl
    2019-06-06 02:40

    This is the second of Diane Duane's "Young Wizards" series. I did not think I would read this novel. I had mixed feelings about the first one and wasn't sure if I would want to read more. But ultimately I did because book 6 was nominated for a Locus YA award and I want to read those awards. I think I figured out why I am having such a hard time with these novels. It's the cover art. They look like they are going to be fun light reads am I right?The thing is they are full of dark images and concepts. Now that I know that is the case, I enjoyed this novel so much more. Deep Wizardry has Nita and Kit at the ocean dealing with another crisis and the new world of "ocean magic". Our characters deal with real physical threats to their lives and witness the true power of self sacrifice. I found this novel much more enjoyable. It gives me hope for the next novels, which I will read ... eventually.

  • Carrie
    2019-06-09 21:53

    Another book I wish I could have found when I was younger, because as much as I love it now, I would have been totally mesmerized then. After reading So You Want to be A Wizard, the first book in the series, I almost didn't want to move on to this one because I knew the environment changed completely, and I loved that one so much - but the underwater whale world is so fascinating and beautifully done. There were a couple of glitches in description here and there that didn't really work, but I guess that is to be expected when describing such a different way of being. Now is wish I could just stick with this one, but I know the next book is another big shift...

  • sage
    2019-05-21 03:03

    3.5 stars. She rocked the ending, but earlier chapters have some issues that tried my patience. Anyway, great adventure and gorgeous characterization of Nita. I'm still leery of the amount of violence in these books, but at least she's learning how to empower herself as she loses her innocence.Side note: it is so weird to come to this series twenty-five years late. I wonder what difference it might've made to my life if I'd read this in junior high, when it was new. *ponders*

  • Sirdarksol
    2019-06-10 04:48

    Written for teens, Deep Wizardry is good enough that it's still worth reading for adults. Beneath the exterior story of two teens who are learning to use magic and saving the world, there is a story of teens learning to grow up. The characters in the book deal with issues that every teen deals with, from pesky parents to younger siblings to a growing awareness of their own sexuality (tastefully and appropriately done for teens, of course.)

  • Paul
    2019-05-29 00:59

    Review written: sometime before April 17, 2015Deep Wizardry by Diane DuaneWhy I read it: Mark Oshiro was reading it.Rating: 3/5 [now 4/5]What I thought: Descended a bit too much into the metaphysical mysticism-ish side of the series for my tastes, though I still liked it. [Yeah, this ... isn't really that true anymore. I'd like to explain more about why, but I'm not really sure I can.]

  • Marissa
    2019-06-03 23:02

    Much, much better than I would have believed.I'm usually not a fan of books centering on animal characters, but Duane seemed to make each one of the sea creatures so realistic that I forgot a shark was speaking, and not a human.The themes of self-sacrifice and friendship will really strike a chord with anyone who reads it.

  • Dominique
    2019-05-22 20:55

    this is just a wonderful story. when i first found this series i read the 3rd book first. this is the first time reading Deep Wizardry. I love the ocean and all of the animals in it. Diane is such an amazing artist with her words your words are the speech to me not everyone can grasp it but when and if they have the privilege of knowing it, the magic never leaves them.