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While I liked the overall story, I found the style of writing very hard to read, especially when reading out loud, it just didn't flow. I would imagine some children would struggle with this book, which is a shame as the story is good.
Wanted to love it. My son, who is 7, and has read the entire How to Train Your Deagon Series (it was read TO him!) two times now, couldn’t finish it. Bummed. Keep going Cressida! We know you have another one for us!
I enjoy Cowell's writing. She has created some iconic characters in middle grade fiction, but The Wizards of Once was a clunker. The premise had potential, but the execution was a clunker. When the writing should be serious it's silly and when it should be silly it is serious. There's a lack of consistency between characters, plotting, tone, and the completed product. There is also, of course, a hook at the end to get readers to continue. I, for one, am finding it hard to even get through this volume, let alone want to continue when I can't connect to the characters who are basically tropes in a storyline that feels, at times, borrowed from other sources. In the end, this book needed a better world build and to not resort to twists that come with no foreshadowing.