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I'm reading this with my Grandsons and have only read the first 2 chapters. However, they liked the first book and wanted to continue the story in Book 2. I would say that their reading skills is more advanced than their age,
I bought this for my daughter who raced through the first book with enthusiasm. She was really looking forward to this one, and although she does like it, she is not quite as impressed with this one as the first.
Cressida Cowell is a very good author with a lot of talent and her new series doesn’t disappoint. It’s not as good as How to Train Your Dragon but not much is. This is great for everyone to read and it is good for an infant and an adult to read.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe Return of Xar and Wish (and the Spoon)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2018
Xar and Wish are back! Escaping prisons, defying their parents and making friends against all odds. If you liked the first book in the series, then you should enjoy seeing everyone come back together.
Personally, I didn’t like it as much. There’s still adventure and fun and general silliness, but I really loved the darkness and peril of the first book, and how genuinely terrifying the Witches were. This book is more about the fight between the Warriors and the Wizards, and Xar and Wish’s parents.
There are some quite deep emotions explored throughout, and while it definitely helped to flesh all the characters out, I didn’t find it quite as interesting as the first book. Especially when our intrepid heroes are travelling about. That felt, at times, a bit dull. Except for the love triangle between the Key, the Spoon and the Fork, which was delightfully silly.
So in all it was good, but not as great as I was hoping. However, the second HTTYD book (How To Be a Pirate) is probably my least favourite of that series, so I still have high hopes for where these books can go next.
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you haven't read the first book, this isn't standalone. If you enjoyed the first you'll like this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 October 2018
The writing style is friendly and chatty, which a Roald Dahl-esque quirkiness to the characters, a base mischeviousness, and themes or peril without any real scariness. The illustrations are also of a similar style. This book adds a significant twist to the ongoing story of the pair, which is partly wrapped up, although as with the first book it's clearly part of an ongoing storyline, as the major story arc just develops somewhat and there are many story threads, small and large, to play out in subsequent books. It's a fairly easy and interesting read - the characters are charming and different and the plot somewhat unpredictable, keeping it fun.
4.0 out of 5 starsCreative mainline straight into childlike imagination
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2019
Cressida Cowell has a gift for crafting tales and characters that ignite the imaginations of young children. Adults may not always see the magic but they have a certain flavour that sparks and connects with children who see themselves in her stories of badly behaved wizards and naughty magical beings. This continues the Tale Of Xar And Wish, can the magic happen twice? of course!!