Deep Wizardry

January 16, 2004

Published by Magic Carpet Books
Written by Diane Duane
384 pages; Original Copyright: 1985

As the second novel in the series, Deep Wizardry continues to introduce us into the world of the Young Wizards. With the world established in So You Want to Be A Wizard, Duane was allowed to move beyond explanatory writing and show by example more of the inner workings of the Wizard’s world. She also begins to give us more insights into our protagonists, as well as background on some of the supporting characters, such as Nita’s sister or the local Advisory Wizards Tom and Carl. Unlike the original book which was something of a bottle-piece, Deep Wizardry is more of a road show, introducing us to the feeling of movement that Duane gives us in most of the Young Wizards books.

Instead of at home in the suburbs of New York City, Deep Wizardry finds our protagonists at a beach futher down the Atlantic coast. With Kit in tow the Callahans have rented a cottage on the beach for a few weeks, providing Nita and Kit with some badly needed recreation and time off from their Wizardly duties. This relaxation is foiled fairly quickly (of course) by an encounter with a wounded whale and the revelation that participants are needed for a very powerful ritual that is to be performed by members of the cetacean Wizardly guild. S’ree, the whale Nita and Kit assist, asks them to help her in assembling a group for the ritual. During the course of their travels and conversations Nita volunteers for a role in the performance. This choice proves to have grave ramifications. As deadly as the situation Nita and Kit find themselves in the first book, the danger in Deep Wizardry is far more striking because of the personal quality to it. While Nita and Kit save the world in the first book, essentially all they can do here is save themselves. This change from a macroscopic look at Wizardry and the implications of the protagonists actions reverberates throughout the rest of the series in the form of more personal (and understandable) stories. Forced by circumstances beyond their control to reveal their Wizardly nature to Nita’s parents, this book also begins to give us more insight into the relationships between Nita and her family. These relationships will have a great deal of importance later on in the series as the characters (and our attachment to them) grow.

Of all the Wizardry books, Deep Wizardry is probably my favorite. While So You Want to Be a Wizard has more meaning for me as the first book in the series, Deep Wizardry is the one with which I most closely identify. I have a great fondness for the supporting cast of the oceanic Wizards (Ed and Hotshot in particular), and Nita and Kit really begin to come into their own as characters in this book. Dairine also begins to grow a personality in this book, going from the kid who threw the manual on the bed in the first book to a young girl who wants to be a Jedi. Dairine rocks.

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