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To visit the Queen
Duane, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Aspect/Warner Books, [1999]

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xi, 354 pages ; 23 cm
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Sequel to: Book of night with moon.
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Rhiow, Urruah, and Arhu, the wizard cats who saved New York City in "The Book of Night with Moon", are summoned to London to deal with a crisis which affects the very fabric of time.

Author Notes

Author Diane Duane was born in New York City on May 18, 1952, and grew up in Roosevelt, Long Island. She is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Duane studied nursing in college and became a psychiatric nurse. She began writing full time in 1980 and has published numerous novels, including several with her husband, Peter Morwood. She also writes screenplays, served as senior writer for the BBC-TV education series "Science Challenge," and writes scripts for CD-ROM computer games. Her "Young Wizards" series won a special commendation in the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize in Children's Literature, 2003. She currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In The Book of Night with Moon (1997), the wizard cats Rhiow, Urruah, and Arhu, who guard the mystic gates between worlds in New York City's Grand Central Station, weaving and maintaining the magic threads between realities, saved their city from invasion by an ancient evil. In this sequel, the three are sent to help a London gating team with a malfunctioning gate that is intermittently converting itself into an unstable timeslide, through which innocent ehnif (humans) are being dragged into other time periods. It's not an easy task, not only because of the need to save the life of every Queen Victoria in every alternate universe to prevent the evil one from spreading nuclear holocaust but also because of the disgruntlement on the part of some of the London felines, who resent having outsiders telling them what to do. Duane's cats are less anthropomorphized than portrayed as sentient beings capable of rational thought, but she also has cat nature down just right, including the tail swishing, head butting, and nose bumping that is de rigueur when one feline meets another. For the techies out there, Duane provides a lot of details on structural spells, gate matrixes, phase relationships, the fabric of time, interwoven hyperstrings, and the like. What's more, Rhiow's team is helped by a Victorian child named Arthur Conan Doyle after he is pulled through the London gate. Fun fare for fantasy and cat lovers, who will also want to check out the Read-alikes on the opposite page. --Sally Estes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Duane returns to the engaging world of The Book of Night with Moon, where wizardly cats guard the magical Gates between worlds and protect Earth from those who would upset the delicate balance of space and time. Based in Manhattan's Grand Central Station, the cultured feline Rhiow and her colleagues, the street-wise Urruah and precocious young Arhu, are ordered to London to investigate a malfunctioning Gate. It turns out someone has sabotaged the portal, turning it into a dangerous "timeslide" that snatches folks from their own time and pushes them randomly into the future or the past. But this is merely the symptom of a bigger problem: the evil Lone One is overwriting history by creating a world set on an alternate timeline, one in which nuclear weapons introduced long before their true era are being used systematically to destroy civilization. The crux of events‘the break where the alternate timeline begins‘is the assassination of Queen Victoria. In order to save the universe, Rhiow and her compatriots must save the monarch and recreate a long-lost spell to stop the expanding disturbance in the timelines; a youthful Arthur Conan Doyle lends a hand. Duane presents her usual felicitous mix of magical high adventure and humor, avoiding much of the preciousness that can infect anthropomorphic fantasy. Even those who don't fancy felines should enjoy this purr of a tale. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When the evil power known as the Lone One opens a timeslide between centuries and worlds, the task of closing the gateway and preventing global disaster falls to a trio of feline wizards charged with guarding the Gates between the worlds. Duane's sequel to The Book of Night with Moon (Warner, 1997) continues the whimsical adventures of Rhiow and her teammates, Urruah and Arhu, who take their magical talents as seriously as they take all nine of their lives. Set in the same alternate earth as Deep Wizardry (Harcourt, 1996), this title belongs in most fantasy or YA collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.