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The Wizards of Once: 1 Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 October 2017

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Praise for The Wizards of Once:

"A rollicking adventure tale and coming-of-age story rolled into one enjoyable package...Readers will fall in love with the imaginative worldbuilding and humorous dialogue and asides...A delightful magical romp."

"A clever and fresh new series.... Cowell fans will be elated to have a new world to get to know, and they'll welcome the author's familiar writing style and humor."

"A plethora of energetic illustrations keeps the excitement high...readers with a penchant for lighthearted fantasy are sure to enjoy this series opener and look forward to the next volume."Horn Book

"The tongue-in-cheek voice combines with scribbly b&w interior illustrations...to sustain a sense of wonder and mayhem from start to finish. Cowell skillfully mixes adventure with silliness in a satisfying story."
Publishers Weekly

"Cowell crafts two believable and lovable main characters...A strong new series starter by a best-selling author."
School Library Journal

"The first in a series, this book will delight and engage readers of fantasy both young and old."
School Library Connection

"The first volume of a new series by author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series is an event....Funny, thoughtful and surprisingly wise and lively, this is another coup from Cowell."―The Sunday Times (UK)

"...a new fantasy world fizzing with evil, magic, Iron Age history, laugh-out-loud jokes and a huge cast of memorable characters. Another bestseller is born."
The Daily Mail (UK)

"The detail of Cowell's world is a delight...This one will run and run."
The Observer (UK)

About the Author

Cressida Cowell lives in London with her husband, Simon; children Maisie, Clementine, and Alexander; and two cats, Lily and Baloo. In addition to translating Hiccup's memoirs, she has written and illustrated picture books including Hiccup, the Viking Who Was Seasick, Little Bo Peep's Library Book, and That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown. Her website is www.cressidacowell.co.uk.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (3 October 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316508330
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316508339
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 612 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.51 x 3.18 x 23.5 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,304 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars An adventure for children
By Anusree on 3 January 2018
From the best selling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes yet another magical ride that is The Wizards of Once. The story, as the name suggests, is of Wizards and Witches and Warriors

The Plot

Xar is a wizard prince who is a reckless, stubborn, narcissist teenager. In the wizard tribe, magic comes to each wizard by the age of 12. But Xar was 13 and he had no hint of magic in him yet. He sets out with his magical companions one night to capture an evil witch and steal its magic and prove his worth to his King father and rest of the tribe.

But here is the thing : Witches are supposed to be dead. Or they were all killed by the warriors ages ago. Even if Xar managed to find one, Witches were far too  dangerous and evil to fall into Xar's trap.
On the same night, Wish - a warrior princess - is out in the forest with her bodyguard in search of her pet. Wish, like Xar, is a misfit in the warrior tribe.

So that fateful night brings Wish and Xar together. They are supposed to be enemies- As warriors knew Witches were evil, they thought all things magical were evil too. They hated everything magic and Wish's mother Queen Sychorax is one who goes out of her way to remove magic from magical creatures.

And thus begins the magical adventures of Xar and Wish.

 The Review

Cowell has once again proved her charm in the fantasy genre by The Wizards of Once. The writing is witty, thrilling and a page turner. Her illustrations wonderfully complement her words. But beneath all those magic, the story line stays weak.

Xar's character has borrowed unmistakable traits of Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon. And he has too many sidekicks that it gets confusing. The story has an array of unnecessary characters which one could only hope would make sense in the sequels. But all these arguments could be invalidated considering that it is, afterall, a children's book.

Overall, The Wizards of Once is a joyous read. Though the book spans a little shy of 400 pages, it could be easily read in one night. Definitely recommended to children who loved the How to Train Your Dragon series.
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