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The Wizards of Once Paperback – 30 September 2017

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About the Author

Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. Cressida has written and illustrated twelve books in the popular How to Train Your Dragon series which has sold over 7 million copies worldwide and is published in 37 languages. How to Train Your Dragon is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series and a TV series shown on Netflix. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize and has been shortlisted for many others. She has been a proud Ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for almost ten years. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1444943723
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder Children's Books (30 September 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781444943726
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1444943726
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 300 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,305 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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