The Wizards of Once

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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 ...

My Thoughts

As somebody who struggles to write books myself, there are some stories that leave me awe inspired and lost for words.  The Wizards of Once is one such tale (hence the delay in posting this review.) 

I will start by saying I listened to the Audible audio book which is brilliantly performed by David Tenant and made me a little less resentful about being a Mum Taxi for a week or so (your stay of execution's over on that one now kids!)

The story is everything you would hope for from a new book by the wizardess of wonder that is Cressida Cowell.  I adored her How To Train Your Dragon series so this new novel had big shoes to fill here in my pedestrian imagination.  It did not disappoint. 

The plot summary above tells you all you need to know - find it, borrow it, buy it - if I ran the world every child would read this book, or have it read to them.  Adults too.  It's simply magical.   

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