JD 2455550.52 / December 20th, 2010:
It's five days till Christmas, and the day before the Winter Solstice. The biggest pre-Christmas blizzard seen for decades is heading straight for the New York metropolitan area. But in one small corner of the Town of Hempstead, everyone's attention is on other business. That's because there's a party tonight at Juan and Marina Rodriguez's house... and the guest of honor is a being from four hundred lightyears away who looks a whole lot like a Christmas tree.
"The descriptions... are precise, poetic and masterful. The depiction of the Master-Shark, both as slayer and savior, is one of the most riveting in the literature of childhood." (Deep Wizardry)
"Reminiscent of the work of Madeline L’Engle… but Duane has a lighter touch and carries her fabrication to greater imaginative heights.” (So You Want To Be A Wizard)
"Anybody who likes fantasy will enjoy this novel." (The Book of Night with Moon)
"One of the finest current writers of speculative fiction pays loving homage to its Golden Age in this ninth title in the Young Wizards series. …Duane’s worldbuilding gleams with crystalline precision, a-glitter with lapidary characterization. Mundane dilemmas integrate smoothly with world-shaking crises, shot through with sparkling humor, and space-opera adventures resolve upon the subtle ethical interplay between right choices for wrong reasons, wrong choices for right reasons and all the shades of gray in between. …For [the series’s] many fans, an eminently satisfying addition.