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This was an early entry on my list of sf and fantasy set in Ireland, since when I've got to know its author from various sf conventions; with slight embarrassment I admit that this is the first of Diane's novels that I have actually read. It's the fourth in sequence of her successful 'Young Wizards' series, and takes her protagonist Nita Callahan to Ireland from her home in the USA to do battle with the evil Lone Power by reuniting the four ancient treasures of Ireland; there's also some relationship tension between her usual partner Kit and local boy Ronan. The author had lived long enough in Ireland by the time she wrote it to avoid the kind of Oirishry that infects most of the books on my checklist, and local readers will accept her apology for messing with the geography of County Wicklow and feel pleased that she caught the mood of the early 90s rather well. I guess the whole series now can be seen as an ancestor of both Buffy and Harry Potter, an earlyish example of the urban fantasy sub-genre. I may even look out for some of the others in the series, now that young F is approaching the target age.

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mizkit
Sep. 19th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
I think A WIZARD ABROAD is just about the worst of the series. The second book, DEEP WIZARDRY, is one of my desert island books.
nwhyte
Sep. 19th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
Gosh. I didn't think AWA was actually bad; may well give the earlier books a go at that rate.
mizkit
Sep. 19th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
My perception may be skewed, as I read the first three books quite young and it was some time before I came to AWA, but my recollection (which largely stands up to re-reading, though I Haven't done that for a long time either) is that the first is pretty fantastic, the second is brilliant, I didn't like the third at all, and the fourth was a weaker story. The third I just didn't like the main character as much, so I don't know how that one actually stands up. Anyway, yeah, read the earlier ones. :)
sciamanna
Sep. 19th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed A Wizard Abroad, which I read recently; at the same time, I agree that the earlier ones are better. I liked the younger Nita & Kit a good bit better.
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