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Every eleven years, Earth’s senior wizards hold the Invitational — an intensive three-week event where the planet’s newest, sharpest young wizards show off their best and hottest spells. Wizardly partners Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan, and Nita’s sister, former wizard-prodigy Dairine Callahan, are drafted in to mentor two brilliant and difficult cases: for Nita and Kit, Asian-American Penn Shao-Feng, a would-be sun-technician with a dangerous new take on managing solar weather: and for Dairine, shy young Mehrnaz Farrahi, an Iranian wizard-girl trying to specialize in defusing earthquakes while struggling with a toxic extended wizardly family that demands she overperform to their expectations… or fail.

Together they’re plunged into a whirlwind of cutthroat competition and ruthless judging: it’s “The Apprentice” with magic. Penn’s egotistical attitude toward his mentors complicates matters as Nita and Kit work to negotiate their burgeoning boyfriend/girlfriend issues. Meanwhile, Dairine struggles to stabilize her hero-worshipping, insecure protégée against the interference of powerful wizard-relatives using her to further their own tangled agendas. When both candidates make it through to the finals stage on the dark side of the Moon, they and their mentors are both flung into a final conflict that could change the solar system for the better…

…or damage Earth beyond even wizardly repair.

Games Wizards Play was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on February 2, 2016.

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The Young Wizards Series

...has been in print for more than thirty years. It now begins its fourth decade of publication with its long-awaited tenth volume...

  • New York Times

    A fandango of urban renewal, talking cars, and evil lurking beneath the streets of an alternate Manhattan. Fun, funny and very clever.

    New York Times
  • School Library Journal (starred review)

    A powerful tale of sacrifice and redemption

    School Library Journal (starred review)
  • Locus

    There’s a pacing that doesn’t let up from the very beginning. High Wizardry is high entertainment.

    Locus
  • Platform

    The colourful descriptions and imaginative characters create an exciting read… found it difficult to put the book down

    Platform
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    A harrowing but triumphant affirmation of the power of the human spirit. Powerful and satisfying on many levels.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    A wonderful fantasy that marries magic and wizardry with the natural world

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    Full of magic and adventure… a well-written, well-developed book… amusing, engaging prose

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    A stellar, heartbreaking, nail-biting conclusion guaranteed not to disappoint

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • Kirkus Reviews

    Duane’s worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision… World-shaking crises shot through with sparkling humor

    Kirkus Reviews
  • New York Times

    A fandango of urban renewal, talking cars, and evil lurking beneath the streets of an alternate Manhattan. Fun, funny and very clever.

    New York Times
  • School Library Journal (starred review)

    A powerful tale of sacrifice and redemption

    School Library Journal (starred review)
  • Locus

    There’s a pacing that doesn’t let up from the very beginning. High Wizardry is high entertainment.

    Locus
  • Platform

    The colourful descriptions and imaginative characters create an exciting read… found it difficult to put the book down

    Platform
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

    A harrowing but triumphant affirmation of the power of the human spirit. Powerful and satisfying on many levels.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    A wonderful fantasy that marries magic and wizardry with the natural world

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    Full of magic and adventure… a well-written, well-developed book… amusing, engaging prose

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)

    A stellar, heartbreaking, nail-biting conclusion guaranteed not to disappoint

    VOYA (5Q -- highest rating)
  • Kirkus Reviews

    Duane’s worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision… World-shaking crises shot through with sparkling humor

    Kirkus Reviews
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The Author

Diane Duane has been working with wizards, on and off, since 1983. Magic is a habit she just doesn't seem able to break: fifteen of her fifty novels have magic in them, and all the rest feature science trying really hard to be mistaken for it.

DD's interests, besides writing, include train travel, gardening, collecting restaurants, and staring at the night sky. Helping her do all these things (except the gardening) is her husband of more than twenty-five years, the screenwriter and novelist Peter Morwood.

Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."

Her full biography is here, and her bibliography / filmography is here.

She blogs here, at "Out of Ambit" and here at Tumblr, and she's on Twitter as @dduane.

  • Kirkus Reviews

     One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction

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  • Publishers Weekly

    Duane is tops in the high adventure business.

    Publishers Weekly
  • New York Times

    Deeply resonant, provocative and moving. …Duane is a craftsman.

    New York Times
  • Terry Pratchett

    Good strong stuff with the right light touch.

    Terry Pratchett
  • Andre Norton

    Absorbing, the kind of book one reads in gulps and cannot put down.

    Andre Norton
  • Kirkus Reviews

     One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction

    Kirkus Reviews
  •  
  • Publishers Weekly

    Duane is tops in the high adventure business.

    Publishers Weekly
  • New York Times

    Deeply resonant, provocative and moving. …Duane is a craftsman.

    New York Times
  • Terry Pratchett

    Good strong stuff with the right light touch.

    Terry Pratchett
  • Andre Norton

    Absorbing, the kind of book one reads in gulps and cannot put down.

    Andre Norton
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