The Book of Night with Moon by Diane DuaneThe Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane

The Book of Night with Moon

byDiane Duane

Paperback | December 1, 1997

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Rhiow seems a perfectly ordinary New York City cat. Or so her humans think--but she is much more than she appears. With her partners Saash and Urruah, she collaborates with human wizards, protecting the earth from dark forces and helping to maintain the network of magical gateways between different realities.
Diane Duane was a psychiatric nurse before turning to writing full time in 1980. Since then she has published twenty novels, including several collaborations 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 g...
Title:The Book of Night with MoonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 1, 1997Publisher:Grand Central Publishing

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446673021

ISBN - 13:9780446673020

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cat Scratch Fever! Diane Duane's The Book of Night With Moon combines two of my favorite elements: cats and wizards. The striking cover art catches the eye immediately, and the story synopsis completes the allure. My familiarity with Duane's other work is limited to her Star Trek novels, but consider her contributions to be a high point of the series. All these things combine to make this a novel I would want to buy at first glance. Chalk it up to my love of cats, but I find it easy to step into their world. Or maybe it's the writing. Either way, the transition is smooth. The plot unravels slowly - although sometimes a little too much so - building to a climax that is well worth the wait. Duane's attention to character development pays off. The reader cares what happens to the four feline wizards. The fact that most of the characters are cats could have been reduced to the level of gimmick. This is an area where Duane's skills as a storyteller are quite apparent. She invites you into a willing suspension of disbelief, and you happily accept. While the cats seem as "real" as people, one never forgets that they are cats. Body language, indeed. Every movement, every reaction, is true to feline behavior. Each of the cats has a distinct personality, which keeps the reader's interest even through the slower parts of the story. Urruah is the most entertaining, with his sardonic attitude toward just about everything. Saash is the ultra-professional, despite the fact that she has the most to lose. Rhiow functions well in her central role, giving the reader an accessible heroine. Arhu is the most riveting of the main characters. He undergoes the broadest changes, which serve as a benchmark for the developing plot. As much as I like the T-Rex named Ith, I find it difficult to take him seriously. Maybe it all comes down to the image of him casting spells with his stunted arms. I realize Duane must have meant to make him exceptional, to break the "stereotype" of the dinosaur, but he is the weakest part of the story. In the midst of the climactic scene, along comes Ith and the tension is blown. Overall, I enjoyed the story. Duane has created some wonderful characters. Their interactions range from hilarious to poignant without ever losing realism.
Date published: 2006-05-31

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Meet the wizard cats Rhiow, Urruah and Arhu as they wander through the streets of New York City. The spell-casting felines face a great challenge as a mysterious force threatens to destroy New York. Diane Duane’s The Book Of Night is a magical tale of wizardry that recalls the great works by Tolkien. Readers will love these charismatic cats, their courage in the face of evil and their intrinsic wit.