Review Wizards of Once (#1) – Cressida Cowell

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This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught 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.

Wizard boy, Xar, should have come in to his magic by now, but he hasn’t, so he wants to find a witch and steal its magic for himself. But if he’s got any chance of finding one, he will have to travel into the forbidden Badwoods.

Xar doesn’t realise he is about to capture an entirely different kind of enemy. A Warrior girl called Wish.

And inside this book, at this very moment, two worlds collide and the fate of the land is changed forever.

Xar and Wish must visit the dungeons at Warrior fort, and face the evil Queen.

But something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring …

Only now I am finding out the audiob ook of this is narrated by David Tennant…. guess who is about to use her audible credit on book 2 in the series.

This is a really fun, middle-grade novel, filled to the brink with humour and artwork. The way the text and illustrations work together in here is just wonderful.

The story itself isn’t too special, but entertaining enough. The two ‘heroes’ are quite flat, and especially Xas can be pretty unlikeable at times. But he brings a whole host of side-characters with him, including some awesome sprites and a philosophizing giant.

Overall, a fun story but only recommended if you are into middle-grade. This sotyr can be a bit simple at times…


5 thoughts on “Review Wizards of Once (#1) – Cressida Cowell

  1. Yeah, I wasn’t too interested in looking into this series until I heard that David Tennant narrated it. I love his narrations, so this series is one I want to use Audible credits on too! (I’ve listened to him narrate some Doctor Who books, How To Train Your Dragon, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. All very worth listening to.)

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    1. I haven’t listened to any of his narrations, but do know that he did a bunch of middle-grade warhammer books recently (something The Husband is very much into). I heard he does a Great job on the Wizards of Once, so thats even better. Also considering picking up some books that have been narrated by Andrew Scott, just because Andrew Scott…


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