In the eighth chapter ofÂ High Wizardy, Nita gets thoughtful on the moon. ON THE MOON, Yâ€™ALL. If youâ€™re intrigued, then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Young Wizards.
The â€œusual placeâ€ where they met was, of course, the Moon.
Only in this book. ONLY IN THIS BOOK IS THAT A SENSIBLE THING TO SAY. I justâ€¦ I love that we are at a point in this series where an entire scene full of thoughtful introspection takes place on theÂ Moon, and it doesnâ€™t feel out of place or unnecessary. Indeed, I canâ€™t imagine a better place for Nita to sit and think about how recent events have come to affect her life.
Itâ€™s not easy to split a narrative between multiple people (and I now deeply understand that challenge myself), so I appreciate that we still get depth in Nitaâ€™s story, even if weâ€™ve gotten more from Dairineâ€™s perspective than anyone else. Again, itâ€™s nice to see how different Nitaâ€™s wizardry feels compared to her sisterâ€™s, and the scene where she draws her transit spell is such a cool reminder of the physicality and memory that is required of her.
Yet weâ€™re also reminded of how much sheâ€™s grown. One of the ways thatâ€™s manifested is with her relationship with Kit. Namely, she can no longer hear his thoughts like she could in the first two books. It seemed pretty strange to me; how could that magicÂ lessenÂ as she and Kit learned more? Wouldnâ€™t only get stronger? But itâ€™s not just about their wizardry. Even if Nita isnâ€™t ready to admit it, even in her own thoughts, she admires Kit. The way she thinks about him when she remembers how she helped him build his description of himself is tender and sweet andâ€¦ oh gods, she totally likes him, doesnâ€™t she? The text from her manual that explains how â€œ[w]izards in the closest relationships, leading toward permanent partnership, usually find that nonverbal communication becomes rare or difficultâ€ more or less suggests that this is the case.
That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s set in stone, obviously, and thinking of â€œpermanent partnershipâ€ at thirteen is pretty absurd. Itâ€™s also possible that since Nita has had such a traumatic and intense experience alongside Kit, her affection has a context and meaning thatâ€™s not romantic or sexual. Sheâ€™s young, sheâ€™s in the middle of a scary adventure, and I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s necessarily the best time to determine whether you want to be in a relationship with someone. Regardless, I love that Duane has Nita think about it because thereâ€™s still a common experience here that other young people might relate to!
Her thoughts â€“ running alongside the music of Journey â€“ take her to an interesting realization, too. I was already thinking about her growth as a person because of her internal monologue about Kit, but thereâ€™s so much development that hasÂ nothingÂ to do with him.
What had she been herself, not more than a few months ago? Basically a coward, afraid of everything, including herself â€“ friendless, quiet and smart but with no one to do any good by being so.
AND LOOK AT NITA CALLAHAN NOW.
I admit that I wanted to see Kit tell his family he was a wizard or at least learn more about how that went over. DID HE DEMONSTRATE WIZARDRY TO THEM? I donâ€™t think itâ€™s possible to upstage TAKING YOUR PARENTS TO THE MOON, but still! It would have been nice to see a bit more of Kitâ€™s family. As it stands, the scene still ends on a bittersweet note. Itâ€™s nice that Tom came to see them off, but his goodbye is dire and unnerving. We donâ€™t know how the Lone Power will manifest in this book, and even worse, itâ€™s going to be harder than usual to seek it out. As Tom says:
â€œAnd Its powerâ€™s oddly veiled, at the moment â€“ concentrated, and hidden.â€
I DONâ€™T LIKE THIS. Nor do I like that the Lone Power isÂ specificallyÂ seeking out Dairine. What for??? And did anyone else feel a burst of nerves when Tom said goodbye to Picchu? NO, DONâ€™T YOU DARE HURT THAT BIRD.
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