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The Wizard's Dilemma (The Fifth Book in the Young Wizards Series) (original 2001; edition 2002)
by Diane Duane
The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane (2001)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152024603, Paperback)The fifth title in Diane Duane's Young Wizards series delves deeper into an emotional landscape than any of her previous books (So You Want to Be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, High Wizardry, and A Wizard Abroad). For the first time ever, friends and wizard partners Nita and Kit seem to be having trouble communicating. They argue over a spell to clean up the pollution in New York's Jones Inlet, and from that point on, they can't connect on anything. Is it adolescence that's tearing them apart or something more profound? Meanwhile, Nita and her family are stunned to discover that her mother has cancer, and there's a possibility that nothing--not surgery, not even wizardry--can fight it. Nita refuses to let her mom go down without a fight, however, and soon she's on a mission that brings her face-to-face with the Lone Power, source of all death in the universe--Nita's worst enemy, and possibly her only hope.
Impressive in its scope, The Wizard's Dilemma, like all the titles in Duane's series, is packed with an intriguing combination of technology and magic that fans of fantasy, science fiction, technology, and even Christian literature will find absolutely gripping. Nita is a complex character, as befits her status as a teenager, not to mention a wizard. Her confusion and self-doubt will be painfully believable to every reader. There are no simple answers in this remarkably philosophical novel. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:36:08 -0500)
How do you fix what can't be fixed? Only the Transcendent Pig knows, and it's not telling... But Nina Callahan needs to find out, and soon, because there are important things in her life that are broken.
(summary from another edition)