The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)

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'...

Details The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)

TitleThe Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)
Release DateSep 19th, 2017
PublisherHodder Children's Books
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Audiobook, Magic

Reviews The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)

  • Susan
    Cressida Cowell is best known for her, “How to Train Your Dragon,” series, which was a big hit with my thirteen year old son, when he was younger. My ten year old daughter has never really shown interest in those books, but she read this very happily and enjoyed it immensely. The cover attracted her, with the words, “Once there was Magic…” intriguingly written across the back of the book. The story revolves around the conflict of a youn...
  • Katie
    This story was so cute!! I really enjoyed it! My one complaint (and I'm not sure if it's because of anything with the book or if it's just because it's middle grade) is that I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I kind of found my indifferent on what actually happened to them. But I still enjoyed the story and there were a bunch of twists that I didn't seem coming that kept me entertained! I still recommend this, especially to peopl...
  • Kayla
    I didn't enjoy this book as much as I anticipated. The writing wasn't that good, the charcaters weren't special. The world and the atmosphere was great but I don't think this was the strongest magic book I've read.
  • Ioanna
    "You have to listen to the stories, for stories always mean something. But what worries me is...what exactly DO they mean?"Πολύ όμορφη ιστορία, γεμάτη αστεία και περιπέτειες! Ανυπομονώ για τη συνέχεια! 😄
  • Aya Hamza
    "This is the problem with adventures. They bring out parts of you that you never ever knew were there." 3.5 stars. That was entertaining!This book is set in a world where there were wizards who are Magic and warriors who are not. But our two main characters, Xar, who is a Wizard, doesn't have any magical ability. And Wish, who is a Warrior princess, tries to hide her magical objects, because she doesn't believe that magical things are harmful.The...
  • Azbaqiyah
    I love this story. It's funny and really interesting. I really love when the characters are cursing or latah...
  • Mel
    I find myself shying away from Middle Grade novels more often than not because I tend to find them a bit juvenile for my tastes, and I know that's the point but I just generally don't enjoy them.I absolutely loved this one. I loved the plot, the characters, and the low key hidden meanings and social commentary. I think that it is a fun story for children, especially around the Halloween season, but I also think that it can teach kids a lot. It's ...
  • Gabrielė▪Jan
    ☆4/5☆▪Plot 4.75/5▪Details 4.75/5▪Characters 2.5/5▪World building 4.75/5▪Magic system 4/5▪Logic 4.5/5▪Enjoyment 4.5/5▪Narrator 4.75/5I listened to an audio book and a narrator was amazing. However, it was annoying sometimes, because of all the accents. But still very good, tho. I like the old raven especially. ♡ The world building, magic system are really nice, something similar, but different at the same time. But but.. The ...
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  • Melissa Veras
    This was a really fun read with lovable characters and entertaining plot. I listen to the audiobook narrated by David Tennant, and it was AMAZING.
  • Jonathan
    This might be my newest favorite children's book. I've always been a fan of the fun, witty writing found in Cowell's "How to Train Your Dragon" series and that allure drew me to this book as well. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. That same prose of writing can be found within the pages of this book, from the way the characters interact with one another to "The Unknown Narrator" who speaks directly to the reader at certain times throughout...
  • Hadaiyah
    Couldn't guess the narrator of the storyGuess I'll have to find out when the next book comes out...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Review to come
  • Shahirah Loqman
    You can view more reviews at: you Pansing Malaysia for the proof copy in exchange of an honest review*I received a proof copy of Cressida Cowell's upcoming new series The Wizards of Once. Famous for her works in the How to Train Your Dragon series, in which movie I loved by the way, I was super excited to read this. I rarely read Children's books. Their language and plot are a bit simpler than that of ...
  • Radha
    By mistletoe and leafmod and ginger sideburns of the great grim ogre....This was so cute, magical, creative and entertaining! I love every single character, specially Wish and Squeezjoos!!! I listened the audiobook and read the ebook at the same time and David Tennant did an EXCELLENT job at narrating this! and the soooong THERE'S A SOOOOONG!!!! * *sigh* * so good! At the end felt a bit reminiscent of How to train your Dragon (It's by the same au...
  • Anna
    I heard an interview with Cressida Cowell on NPR talking about The Wizards of Once and I knew I had to read it. I got one of the first copies in the library system when it arrived! I have not read Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series, so I was not previously familiar with her storytelling and illustrations.I must recommend reading this story aloud. The way it was written - large font for the giant, tiny font for the sprites, ALL CAPS for th...
  • BookHugger
    I feel so terrible that I am putting this review up after the release date, but I've also been insanely busy and stressed, so I think I have a reasonable excuse. Also, in all honesty, this isn't going to be a fun review to write because I strongly disliked this book.Firstly, it's middle grade, which means that it's extraordinarily out of my comfort zone. I think I'm done trying with this genre. I got a few ARCs, such as this one, and thought I ...
  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    This was such a fantastic magical book to listen too. The narrator was absolutely amazing. The story was so much fun. The characters were flawed yet likable. Though they were not like everyone else they had qualities that made them special. The magical creatures were my favorites. Truly though I think it was the narrator that made the story as wonderful as it turned out to be.
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  • Robin Stevens
    A glorious, magical, wild and wonderful adventure about enemies becoming friends - this is pure adventure and pure Cressida Cowell. 8+*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
  • Kimberley
    Read this fun book with my 8 year old son. It's a magical book full of twists and turns, unique characters, and a surprisingly unpredictable story line! My son loved this book to pieces and was sad it was over. The characters are very well animated and it was so much fun to read this book aloud.We were both left a little unsatisfied with the ending as it obviously leaves a lot open for the next book, but none the less a great read and we are exci...
  • Alexis
    3/5 stars I have very mixed feelings on this book. One one side I enjoyed the overall plot of the story and I really enjoyed having the illustrations in the book. I also enjoyed the setting. The downside is I really didn't connect with any of the characters, I mean I just really didn't like them and often found myself annoyed. It was an overall okay read.", nothing much stood out to me.
  • Ms. Yingling
    Public library copyIn Ancient Briton, there is the magic son of a Wizard, Xar, and the daughter of the queen of the Warriors, Wish. Xar has no magic, and Wish wants to embrace magic, even though her people are against it and are trying to remove all of it from the world. Xar is trying to get some magic, and thinks that it is a good idea to mix the blood on a sword that Wish has with his own blood. He's a bit unsure whose blood it is, but it turns...
  • Luna
    This is the first Cressida Cowell I’ve read and it won’t be the last because I’ve been meaning to start the How to Train Your Dragon series for the better part of 2 years now and The Wizards of Once reassured me that I’d enjoy it. Admittedly though I didn’t love it. I’m not sure if it’s because I had built my expectations up so high before I began though.The Wizards of Once is fun. I’m certainly recommending it for world building ...
  • Melleny
    4.5 StarsIf you would like to see all my thoughts on this book, be sure to check out the review on my here is a snippet and overview of what I thought:Overall, I adored this middle grade. Usually if a book is very middle grade, I don't like it as much as I thought I would. But with this book I found myself loving it from the beginning. The writing was fun and enjoyable. The illustrations were gorgeous an...
  • Ophelia
    I want to read it to my kids magical ♥🦅🦊Also did someone find out who the narrator is?! I want to read it to my kids magical ♥️🦅🦊Also did someone find out who the narrator is?!
  • Alice
    2.5 / 5I am aware that I am not the target audience for this book, it being for younger readers. However, I gave this to my younger sister to read and she had the same thoughts as me so here is our review...This is not a bad book. It's cute, it's fun, it gives young girls a character they can relate and look up to. But it just lacks... The three main characters all had distinct personalities but they lacked something that made me actually enjoy t...
  • Brenda Ayala
    I’m so mad at myself. I should be gushing over this book; this author is ranked as an amazing children’s author and her series was created into a movie series about a dragon named Toothless! This should’ve been a slam dunk.I just couldn’t get into it. With some days to speculate before this review, I suspect it’s because the book ended up being a lot sillier than I expected. The writing style was silly, the characters were silly, the na...
  • Chloe ✨
    2.5 starsDNF @ 60%. Idk this just felt flat for me. I was bored and the characters weren’t super interesting. The only thing that made me get this far was David Tenant’s narration (flip pin’ AMAZING) but I can’t do it anymore.