Young Wizards: Lifeboats

by Diane Duane
Cover excerpt from 'Young Wizards: Lifeboats'

When the renowned saurian Species Archivist to the Powers that Be summons young wizard Kit Rodriguez to participate in an urgent off-planet intervention intended to save many millions of lives, Kit’s hardly going to say “no.”

He soon discovers that not only he, but his wizardly partner Nita Callahan and her sister Dairine, his friend Ronan Nolan, and tens of thousands of other wizards from Earth have also been drafted in to intervene on the distant world called Tevaral. There the planet’s single huge moon Thesba has become tectonically unstable and will very soon tear itself apart, its massive fragments smashing down onto the surface of Tevaral and utterly destroying it. The wizards’ mission: to extract Tevaral’s hominid population and “raft” them off-planet to new homeworlds before the apocalyptic disaster begins.

There’s only one problem: millions of the people of Tevaral don’t want to go.

Kit, Nita and their thousands of fellow Earth wizards must now race against time to find a way to save all the Tevaralti despite their near-symbiotic relationship with their beloved world and its unique life forms. As doomsday inexorably draws nearer, hope is fading fast, and it seems like it’s going to take a miracle to keep the people of Tevaral from being wiped out. True, wizardry is all about miracles. But will one turn up in time?…

Young Wizards: Lifeboats is a 90,000+ word canonical work in the Young Wizards universe, and is set in February 2011, shortly after the events of the two preceding YW novellas, Not On My Patch and How Lovely Are Thy Branches. These three works together constitute a “transitional trilogy” preceding the events of the forthcoming Games Wizards Play.

The standalone ebook edition of YW: Lifeboats is now available  at Ebooks Direct. A compendium volume, Interim Errantry, including Lifeboats and its two companion novellas, is also available at Ebooks Direct and in both print and ebook formats at

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David Goldfarb September 9, 2015 - 1:08 am

I’m already noticeably behind on my reading. And now you dump a 90,000 word Young Wizards short novel on me! (Not a complaint. Really not.)

dianeduane September 10, 2015 - 8:40 am

I’m a terrible person. 🙂

Sean L. September 10, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Incredible. Can’t wait for more, and I’ve been reading them for some fifteen years now 🙂

dianeduane September 11, 2015 - 12:15 pm

I’m delighted you liked it. 🙂

Leah Guengerich September 16, 2015 - 12:38 am

Oh!! When will the compendium be available in print? I need it in my life!

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