By Diane Duane
Younger Wizards booklet nine: It's now not scientists who locate the 1st indicators of lifestyles on Mars. It's wizards.
Young wizards package Rodriguez and Nita Callahan turn into a part of an elite group investigating the mysterious, long-sought "message in a bottle" that holds the 1st clues to the secrets and techniques of the long-lost population of Mars. yet no longer even wizardry is sufficient to take care of the unusual occasions that begin to spread while the "bottle" is uncorked and existence emerges once again to shake the pink Planet with its personal perilous and baffling model of magic.
The excellent news is that the Martians appear pleasant. The undesirable information is that now they're loose to select up the place they left off on a long-dormant plan that can swap the form of multiple world… and so they don't brain utilizing their well-intentioned rescuers to accomplish their pursuits. Kit’s long-standing fascination with all issues Martian unexpectedly enmeshes him in a bad, age-old clash -- turning him into either a potential key to its answer, and a device that during the inaccurate palms almost immediately threatens the entire human race.
Only equipment has a shot at defusing the probability. but if he vanishes by surprise from the Mars of right here and now, his fellow wizards are left doubtful of the place his real loyalties lie. Nita’s decision to discover the reality – and equipment – quickly sends her into conflict opposed to an implacable enemy who is probably not conquerable other than by means of violating wizardry’s most elementary tenets.
As the shadow of interplanetary battle stretches ever extra darkly over either worlds, package and Nita needs to struggle to appreciate and grasp the unusual and old synergy binding them to Mars and its final inhabitants… or the heritage that left Mars useless will repeat itself on the earth.
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