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This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure …

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests.

Wizard boy, Xar, should have come in to his magic by now, but he hasn’t, so he wants to find a witch and steal its magic for himself. But if he’s got any chance of finding one, he will have to travel into the forbidden Badwoods.

Xar doesn’t realise he is about to capture an entirely different kind of enemy. A Warrior girl called Wish.

And inside this book, at this very moment, two worlds collide and the fate of the land is changed forever.

Xar and Wish must visit the dungeons at Warrior fort, and face the evil Queen.

But something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring …


So I went into this book with pretty high expectations – the cover is beautiful, Cressida Cowell seems like an amazing woman and How to Train Your Dragon is absolutely awesome. I was super excited to finally read the new adventure Cowell had in store for her readers.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed.

The boisterous illustrations (all the handy work of Cowell) suited not only the story but the characters too. Both Xar and Wish were full of personality, they bounced off the page with these illustrations. It matched the pace of the story and the writing style and I really enjoyed this aspect of the story, and I think any 8-12 year old would.

The two main characters definitely have the potential to be developed further and be adored just as much as Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.

The narration was by an unnamed character that promised they would reveal all in due time. This fun, intriguing aspect of the book makes me so excited for book two.

Where this book had so much potential it did suffer from the common first book in a series flaw. It felt like some of the plot points, and even some (not all) of the characters could have been developed and flushed out further than they did. I completely understand this may have had something to do with the editing and the length of the book though.

I am thoroughly looking forward to getting my hands on Twice Magic and jumping back into a wild adventure with Xar and Wish (and that adorable Spoon).

But of course, this is a kids book, so what did a kid have to say?

A 9 Year Old’s Review

As part of my job at the Library, I run a children’s reading scheme. I get to read children’s reviews, opinions and sometimes read along with them for so many publications, and this was one of them. Just thought I’d share one of the reviews that was given to me for “Wizards of Once” (all names/locations removed).

Written by a 9-Year-Old girl from my library. I’ve not edited any of the spelling or words to make the review as genuine as possible!

Who was your favourite character?

My favourite charactor is Wish, the warrior girl because she is the girl of destiny and she is the 7th Lucky child who is a princess. She is very talented at fighting.

Who would you recommend this book to?

I would recomend this book to a friend because it is so good and funny and there are many weird things that happen.



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