Support Your Local Wizard Author:Diane Duane Contains all three books of Duane's 'Support Your Local Wizard' trilogy in one volume. In books one and two, neophyte wizards, Nita and Kit, armed with powers gained from copies of a magic book, 'So You Want to be a Wizard', encounter the evil Lone Power as they visit an alternate Manhattan and 'aid a beached wounded whale wizard named S'reee'. ... more »In the third book, 'Nita's younger sister, Dairine, stumbles into a sorcerous adventure of her own via a computer that has a software version of the book on wizardry.
From an Amazon.com reviewer:
This hardback book collects the first three young wizard books and is an alternative to "Diane Duane's Box of Wizardry," which is the same collection, only in paperback. This hardback book can often be found for a very reasonable price and may be a lower cost alternative to the "Box of Wizardry," so I recommend that you at least check it out.
Diane Duane has added to this series over the years, and as of this writing she has written seven books in this series, with an eighth in the works. The scope of the books rivals Harry Potter, a much later series, in many aspects, but the mythologies and the rules are completely different.
The first three books are "So You Want to Be a Wizard," where we meet Kit (Christopher) Rodriguez and Nita (Juanita) Callahan for the first time. We learn that they were picked on by bullies and generally felt as though they were outsiders. Both discover a book that was meant for them that invited them to become wizards. Both accept and thus starts a multi-book fight against the Lone Power.
In the second book, "Deep Wizardry," the story continues with Kit and Nita performing a ritual that dates back millenia to keep the sea floor stable in the presence of forces that could create havoc on the ocean floor.
In the third book, "High Wizardy," Nita's younger sister Dairine is discovered to be an extremely powerful wizard. It is also this book that introduces computers to the series. An introduction important to the plot of this book. This book has the most science fiction elements of any book in this series.
The quality of this series has generally been quite good. The later books include "A Wizard Abroad," "A Wizard's Dilemma," "A Wizard Alone," and "A Wizard's Holiday." If you enjoy fantasy and science fiction, and you enjoyed the Harry Potter books, I believe you will find Diane Duane's series interesting« less