The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times: Book 3 Hardcover – 19 September 2019
Fizzing with rich mythology, powerful magic and a host of new characters. ― The Bookseller
Cowell's unique warm and witty writing proving as enchanting as ever. Some characters are becoming unlikely stars (a sprite called Squeezjoos is a personal favourite), while Wish and Xar are fast earning their place on the list of much-loved children's literature heroes. -- Holly Williams ― The Irish News
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- Publisher : Hodder Children's Books (19 September 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444941445
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444941449
- Reading age : 9 - 11 years
- Item Weight : 656 g
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 3.6 x 23.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #363,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After reading book 1, I enjoyed the world and the characters of Wish and Xar enough to try book 2. I really liked book 2 and thought the series had hit its stride. There was plenty of mystery and humour. Plus the characters developed and we got some interesting backstory. So I went into book 3 excited to continue this journey.
Book 3 feels a bit like someone hit the pause button on the action. The story follows on from the escape at the end of book 2. The main characters (and their never ending list of followers - do we really need this many extras? What was the point of the werewolf, the bear or the wolves in this story?) are flying through the forest. After the first few chapters, they enter a place of safety and pretty much stay there for most of the novel except the conclusion.
I like magic school settings quite a bit but in this book we are just told the characters eat, recover and go to lessons. There doesn't seem to be much danger or conflict to move the story along. I also got a bit fed up of many characters feeling the need to break into song spontaneously and skimmed over these bits.
Wish and Xar are my favourite characters. Wish because she is so pure and lovely, thinking the best of everyone and being so accepting of all and Xar because he exaggerates so much and gets into so much trouble, but has a good heart deep down. However, we saw a lot less from these characters, even though they were in many of the scenes, they just had less to say and I missed that.
The conclusion was action packed and had lots of little mysteries and puzzles for you to try and work out as you followed along, which is what I loved from the second book. Hopefully, things will get back on track in book 4.