Saturday, December 12, 2020

How Lovely Are Thy Branches (Young Wizards #9.5), by Diane Duane

Errantry Press, December 2014

It's one day before the Winter Solstice, five days before Christmas, and a wizards' holiday party is about to descend on the home of Juan and Marina Rodriguez.

The Rodriguez parents know that their two younger kids, Kit and Carmela, are wizards, but unlike Nita and Dairine Callahan's dad, they haven't pyreviously experienced a full-blown wizard party at their home. Moreover, this time, the guest of honor is Filif, the Demisiv, who just happens to look an awful lot like the Christmas tree of your dreams.

Filif, having learned about Christmas and Christmas trees, wants to be decorated--tinsel, garlands, decorations of all kinds, and lights. When Marcus, coming in from Germany for the party, mentions that actual lit candles on the tree used to be traditional, and are still included in some places, Filif wants those, too. His friends wonder if that's going a little far...

Meanwhile, the biggest winter storm in decades is bearing down on New York City, and the Terror Twins, next door, are bent on their usual mischief.

This is a fun, warm, enjoyable Christmas novelette, canonical in the Young Wizards series. A nice little addition to your holiday reading.

I bought this ebook.

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