This is one of the best "for young adult" fantasy series I have ever read. The two main characters are achingly realistic (except for the wizardry, of course) Growing up is hard enough - but when you have accepted the burden of being a world-saving wizard added to normal teen-age angst, anything can happen and does.
In this book, Nita has to come face-to-face with real mortality and she also has to learn to accept that being a wizard is NOT the be all and end all of existance and she has to finally accept that being a wizard isn't an automatic answer for everything. Can she? Does she? Is the sacrifice really worth it all?
Please read this - actually, please read ALL of them starting with SO YOU WANT TO BE A WIZARD. No matter if you are 14 or 84, I guarantee the read is great.
The first few books in this series are extremely fun and more on the light side. In the previous book Nita and Kit were really starting to mature. In this book, matters are much more series, darker, and closer to home. The book has more substance and is the better for it.
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.