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, Magic, Audiobook

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Dash
  • Hadaiyah
    Couldn't guess the narrator of the storyGuess I'll have to find out when the next book comes out...
  • Melanie (Novel Descent)
    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Alexis
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • meg chia
    3.5It was phenomenal for a middle grade as it is dark and twisted but for me, it is just fine. Don't die hard love it but don't hate it either. But I think I may like it enough to read the sequel
  • Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
    I really enjoyed this read and it helped distract my mind while reading today. I mostly read it today all but 50-60 pages.
  • 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?!
  • Audrey
    2.5 StarsI can appreciate the writing and story telling and I loved all the black and white pictured in it. The biggest detractor is that Xar was such a bratty character that he annoyed me the entire book. His personality was such a turn off and none of the other characters really called him on it. (Cowell did do a great job with the character). I do wish that Coowell didn’t have the witches be the evil ones and the wizards, the good ones. From...
  • Kfox
    This story was completely charming! It was a fast-paced read with wit, whimsy, and wonder. I can't wait until the next book comes out. As a fan of How to Train Your Dragon, I am not disappointed.
  • Dana Salman
    Funny coincidence:Awhile ago my sister and I got to talking about how hard it was to find good original books anymore, and how most of what we bought now were either sequels or books by authors we were already familiar with; how it was easier to trust in those books because we knew the authors we loved could only have a 1 out of 10 chance of going wrong. And my sister brought up this idea about how absolutely AMAZING it would be if Cressida Cowel...