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Jones, Diana Wynne. Deep secret.

Tor, Starscape. 375p. c1997 0-765-34247-2. $5.99. JS

Rupert Venebles is a Magid, one who steers people and events in the correct order for the good of all. Magic is used, of course, but on Earth it is concealed because no one believes in it. Rupert's mentor is dead and Rupert must choose someone to mentor, to keep the number of Magids constant and in balance. Maree, who seems most suitable, is too weird a female for Rupert to want to choose. Another candidate, from Croatia, is too damaged by war to be of any help, not to mention that he considers it his job to wipe out any "witches." In order for Rupert to select from all his candidates, he decides to get them all together at a science fiction convention. While he is trying to figure all the people out, a crisis of terrible proportions happens on the planet; the Emperor has been murdered. Rupert must also help to figure out who the next heir is to rule the planet.

This is a complex, well-written book with many characters, and keeping track of all of them and the places to which they belong requires good reading skills. Stacey Conrad, Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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