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A Wizard Abroad de Diane Duane
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A Wizard Abroad (1997 original; edició 2005)

de Diane Duane

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Sent on vacation to her aunt's home in Ireland, teenage wizard Nita becomes entangled in a magic battle to save the country from the ghosts of its past.
Membre:magnuscanis
Títol:A Wizard Abroad
Autors:Diane Duane
Informació:Magic Carpet Books (2005), Paperback
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:fiction, childrens, novel

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A Wizard Abroad de Diane Duane (1997)

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Yet another brilliantly executed novel in the Young Wizards series, this is another of the series that makes my "top" list.

After having saved the world several times, and following her little sister's harrowing but triumphment Ordeal, Nita Callahan is looking forward to a quiet summer hanging out with her wizard partner and best friend Kit. But her parents upset her plans: misunderstanding her relationship with Kit, they've arranged for her to spend the summer with her aunt in Ireland and take some "time away" from him.

But Ireland is, and always has been, at the heart of wizardly business, as Nita soon discovers. The realm of Irish fable is drifting closer to reality, sometimes overlapping with it in terryfying ways. And a wizard is always on call...even if she's on vacation in a foreign country.

Teaming up with a host of Irish wizards, including the handsome and enignmatic Ronan, as well as Kit and her sister Dairine, who can't be kept out of the action for long, Nita will face an explosive battle between fantasy and reality, as well as a search for four elemental weapons from Celtic lore. Duane uses her own Irish knowledge to craft realistic people and events, utilizing all of Ireland's rich mythology and history. An incredible addition to the series. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
I don’t think I liked this one as much as the previous three novels. It was definitely still good, and we will probably move directly onto the next in the series tomorrow, but it felt slower paced and I was a little bit less certain what was happening all the time. (It was like the rules of magic got sloppier in this book, maybe?)

Also, there was some (very innocent) romance in this book, and while I’m sure it’s age appropriate, it still felt out of place to me. ( )
  livingtech | Mar 18, 2020 |
well.. okay. This one was better then book #3. ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Nita goes to Ireland - it felt less important, somehow, and just like following a pattern. But since the pattern is pretty good, I still enjoyed reading it. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
A Wizard Abroad is the fourth book in the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, which starts with So You Want to Be a Wizard. It’s also my least favorite book in the reread so far.

In A Wizard Abroad, Nita’s parents decided to send her to Ireland to go stay with her aunt so that she can “take a break” from wizardry and working with her friend Kit. However, once Nita gets to Ireland she finds that the entire country is layered with old magic and that the distance between worlds and times is incredibly close. If the situation isn’t dealt with, bad things could happen.

“If we can’t stop this, then the barriers between present and past will break down everywhere, and the physical world will be progressively overrun by the nonphysical: All the myths and truths that become myth, all the dreams and nightmares, all the more central and more peripheral realities will superimpose themselves on this one… inextricably.”

I didn’t feel a sense of urgency or threat regarding the plot. There’s a couple of instances of dangerous things happening because of the closeness of the realities – Nita gets attacked by ancient wolves and a village square gets wrecked by drows – but overall it still feels very vague.

A Wizard Abroad was also very heavy on Irish mythology, which I don’t know a lot about. Possibly this is a large part of why I didn’t care for it as much as the other books in the series. The Irish mythology might also have played into the extremely slow pace. There was a lot of time spent on descriptions and not much on things happening. Some more things did start to go on at the very end, but it wasn’t enough. Unfortunately this has also been the longest book in the series thus far.

A Wizard Abroad also has an abortive attempt at teen romance, which I didn’t care for. It did drizzle out by the end, thankfully. I could say more on this point, but the bad boy “love interest” character doesn’t reappear for another few books.

I think what makes me dislike A Wizard Abroad is that it doesn’t really have the elements that make me love the Young Wizards series. It could be almost any YA urban fantasy set in Ireland. It doesn’t have the intermingling of science fiction and fantasy. It doesn’t have as much of the ethical choices that underline the other books. It does build on the mythology and world of wizardry, but the mythology approach was stale, especially compared to the dark New York of the first book or the ocean wizardry of the second. Additionally, it doesn’t have as much page time spent with familiar characters. For the first hundred pages or so, it’s all Nita, without Kit or anyone else.

Basically, compared to the previous three books, A Wizard Abroad is longer and not as good. If I’d read this one first, I don’t think I would have picked up the rest of the series. Luckily, that was not the case.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Oct 31, 2015 |
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Diane Duaneautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Bowers, DavidAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Feberwee, EricaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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I am the Point of a Weapon (that poureth forth combat),
I am the God who fashioneth Fire for a head.
Who is the troop, who is the God who fashioneth edges?


(Lebor Gabála Érenn, tr. Macalister)
Three signs of the Return:
the stranger in the door;
the friendless wizard;
the umitigated Sun.

Three signs of the Monomachy:
a smith without a forge;
a saint without a cell;
a day without a night.


(Book of Night with Moon, triads 113, 598)
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For Lt. Col. Shaun "Johnny" O'Driscoll, USAF (ret)
Senior for Europe
Now reassigned to a larger catchment area
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Nita first found out about what was going to happen when she came in after a long afternoon's wizardry with Kit.
The first hint Nita had of what was about to happen came when she got back home after a long afternoon’s wizardry with Kit.
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