Deep Wizardry (The Young Wizards Series, Book 2)
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I don't belive this, Nina thought. She shut the book and stood there holding it in
her hand, confused, amazed, suspicious--and delighted. If it was a joke, it was a great one. If it wasn't . . . ?
lunch. It was a little while before she’d had enough. It took Nita only a couple of minutes to get used to the way a humpback ate—by straining krill and others of the tiniest ocean creatures, including the smallest of the blues, through the sievelike plates of whalebone, or “baleen,” in her jaws. The swift blue shapes that had been darting frantically in all directions were calming down already as Nita soared out of the whirling cloud of them and headed back over to S’reee and Kit, feeling
book. The magic was rising in her, pouring through her with dangerous power. But with the sureness of practice she rode the danger, knowing the wonder to which it would bring her, reveling in her defiance of her fear. And in more than that: for Kit was across the circle from her, eyes on hers, matching her word for word and power for power—peer and friend and fellow-wizard, afraid as she was, and still willing to dare, for the delight of what lay on the other side of the magic— Almost through,
“we’ve had a long day. And tomorrow’ll be longer. I’m sacking out. Dairine—” “Right,” Nita said. She lay down again, feeling glad, afraid, excited, shaky, light—a hundred things at once. She never noticed when Dairine got off her bed; she never heard Kit leave. She fell into sleep as if into a hole. Foregathering Song Nita sat hunched in a miserable little bundle on the beach, her arms around her knees—staring at the bright morning sea and not seeing it. She had gone to bed with the
holding onto some idea or feeling very hard. “Neets,” he said, “I’m not buying this.” Nita stared at him. “Kit,” she said finally, “look, there’s nothing we can do about it. I’ve bought it. Literally.” “No,” Kit said. The word was not an argument, not even defiance; just a simple statement of fact. “Look, Neets—you’re the best wizard I’ve ever worked with—” “I’m the only wizard you’ve ever worked with,” Nita said with a lopsided grin. “I’m gonna kill you,” Kit said—and regretted it instantly.
invented death and pain, and tried to impose them on the whole universe, and the other Powers wouldn’t let It, and threw It out.” “Even regular human beings have stories about it,” Kit said. He took off his windbreaker and shook it out, mostly on Nita. “I’m not surprised,” S’reee said. “Everything that lives and tells stories has this story in one form or another. Well. After that war in the Above and Beyond, the Lone Power spent a long while in untraveled barren universes, recouping Its