The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once

Book - 2017
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From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series - set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.

#1 Sunday Times Bestseller

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure...

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came...

Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.

In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort.

Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...

Publisher: London :, Hodder Children's Books,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781444936704
Branch Call Number: J COW
Characteristics: 388 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm


From Library Staff

This fantasy series is a great option for readers who crave magic! Despite disliking each other since birth, a boy wizard and girl warrior must come together if they want to survive a mysterious creature sleeping in the dark forest. Recommended for grades three and up.

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 29, 2019

I like Cressida Cowell's books in the sense that I think they're silly and fun and perfect books for kids, even if they don't have an enormous amount of crossover appeal for adults. (Which is fine! We're not the target audience!) I really want to make a note with this one, though, that you should absolutely listen to the audiobook -- it was an Odyssey Honor Book, and David Tennant narrates, and he is absolutely DELIGHTFUL. It's such a fun listen -- perfect for a family road trip!

Hillsboro_RobP Mar 28, 2019

The silliness abounds, as well as frightening villainy. Although it might be a bit tired and too full of senseless decisions for the adult reader, anyone who's willing to forgo giving it a close look will have a nice time.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2018

A nice blend of action, atmosphere, wit, and cheek, with just enough character development to keep it from lacking. Lots of fun.

CMLibrary_kmadron Feb 14, 2018

Whimsy and fantasy combine in Cowell's new series. Prince Xar of the Wizards is rather full of himself, even though he's 13 and his magic hasn't grown in yet. He's still certain he's the Boy of Destiny and decides that trapping a Witch (who everyone is sure are extinct) and stealing the magic for himself is just the ticket. Princess Wish of the Warriors heads into the Badwoods Forest to find her living spoon. Being slightly sensible, she brings her Assistant Bodyguard and this wonderful Enchanted Sword she finds in her mother's courtyard. The sword arrives just in time as it is the ancient enemy of Witches, who turn out to be not as extinct as believed. Xar's and Wish's paths collide and combine as they must overcome enemies both familiar and strange. I'm going to have to listen to the audiobook, as it recently received and Odyssey Audio Honor Award with David Tennant narrating.

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Feb 17, 2018

green_bat_1177 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 18 and 7

CMLibrary_kmadron Feb 14, 2018

CMLibrary_kmadron thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

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