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

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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hadaiyah
    Couldn't guess the narrator of the storyGuess I'll have to find out when the next book comes out...
  • 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
  • S.J. Higbee
    My rather elderly Kindle did not handle Cowell’s trademark illustrations very well and I needed to persevere to pick out the text within the rather hinky formatting. However, I refused to be put off though it took me a little longer to get into the story than I had expected, simply because Xar is fairly obnoxious at the beginning – though as the narrative progressed, it became increasingly obvious why he is such a pain and I grew to like and ...
  • 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...
  • Maria Antonia
    Basic plot: Xar is a Wizard (but without magic) and Wish is a Warrior (with a magic sword) in a place where Wizards and Warriors are taught to hate each other. Brought together, they form an odd team against a deadlier threat. The Witches, thought extinct, are back.WHAT’S COOL…1) Xar and Wish are likeable, but also have their own quirks (and at times can be unlikeable!) I like that Xar is not just a copy of Hiccup. He shares some attributes w...
  • Jessica M
    http://jessjustreads.comThe Wizards of Once is the first book in a new middle grade fantasy series by Cressida Cowell, the author of How to Train Your Dragon. It’s about two kids — completely different from each other and too stubborn to want each other’s help or guidance — who must band together to destroy an evil that plagues both of their worlds.Deeply rooted in history and legend from ancient Britain, this book takes place in a land-f...
  • Megan
    This is the problem with adventures. They bring out parts of you that you never even knew were there. I'm a huge fan of the HTTYD books, so I had to read this. The Wizards of Once is the first of a new series from Cowell, featuring Xar, a cocky Wizard boy who'll do anything for magic; Wish, a Warrior girl with a strange aptitude for discovering things she shouldn't; and Bodkin, assistant bodyguard. They're followed by a talking raven called C...
  • Shae McDaniel
    I very much enjoyed that. I've always liked Cressida Cowell's writing style, so connecting with the prose itself was no surprise. But between the awesome illustrations (by Cressida!), the humorous characters, and the exciting diversions from the fun fantasy adventure plot into outright creepiness, I was one happy reader. I think most people will like Wish the Warrior princess best, which is completely fair, because she's awesome. However, I also ...
  • 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...
  • Carien
    So this was totally a cover buy, although the story sounded fun as well. When the book arrived it turned out it was full of beautiful illustrations as well.The book is a children's book, but a treat for any fan of Fantastical stories. I very much enjoyed the antics of Xar and his companions, and I really liked Wish and her bodyguard assistant Bodkin.The illustrations show scenes in the story, but are also used as a storytelling device. Like in th...
  • Ronja
    I listened to the Audible version read by David Tennant - or as one should rather say performed by David Tennant.It is an enchanting book, told in a charming way and telling a story which is adventurous and funny and propagates all the right messages to kids (and I suppose, to their parents as well).If there were six stars I would award them - because of David Tennants hilarious performance. He had me in stitches much of the time. Absolutely bril...
  • KBev
    I might be in the minority on this, but I felt the illustrations were very incongruent to the story. They were really dark, while I felt the story was really for the younger crowd. Morethe 8 year olds than the 12 year olds. Just seemed a bit much at times. But it was fun & there is definitely an audience for this book out there.
  • BookHugger
    yikesokay review to come, hopefully soon because this book'll be published soooooon, speaking of which, if you think it looks interesting, GO READ IT! I kinda hated it, but YOU MIGHT LIKE IT. more on that ~later~-book hugger
  • Hannah Emory
    My favorite thing about Cressida Cowell’s writing is that she combines suspense and silliness, fancy and fundamental truths. Her stories give young and older readers alike a hero to root for, an adventure to go on, and a feeling of hope that fantastic things can happen to anybody. This first magical installment in a new series from the author who brought you Hiccup and Toothless will have you by turns giggling, biting your nails, and maybe shed...
  • Nannette Demmler
    I absolutely adore the How to Train Your Dragon series, so I was eager to snatch up this ARC and read it. I was not disappointed. Cressida Cowell has come up with a unique and wonderful story about two totally different kids who have been brought up as enemies but come to understand and like each other. Mix in some fairy tale creatures, snowcats, and witches and you have delightfully fun story. Plus there are Cressida’s distinctive drawings to ...
  • Book Gannet
    This was fun. Wizards and warriors, not-very-heroic heroes, magical beasts, scary monster witches, a talking raven and a magic spoon, all set in ancient Britain – what’s not fun about any of that? Illustrated throughout in Cowell’s distinctive sketchy (yet clever) style, this book is perfect for any child who love fantasy, even if they aren’t strong readers.Xar and Wish are very, very different. Xar is confident and headstrong, foolish an...
  • Margaret Boling
    10/20/2017 ** Unfortunately, I didn't feel that this book lived up to the cover and flyleaf, sadly. After hearing the author speak and seeing her original sketchbook at the Heartland Fall Forum (a trade show for independent booksellers) I was ready to fall in love.From the flyleaf:Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came...Xar is a Wizard boy who has not Magic and will do anything to get it. Wish is a...
  • Leilah Skelton
    Cressida Cowell, author of the best-selling ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ books, introduces with ‘The Wizards of Once’ the start of a new adventure series set in an ancient, forest-covered Britain. Xar, a young wizard with a reckless compulsion to prove his magical worth runs headlong into an odd young warrior called Wish, whose approval will only come when she discards her own peculiar, concealed magic. Each from fiercely opposed tribes, th...
  • Carolyn
    A gleefully written tale of magic in Iron age Britain -"a British Isles so old it did not yet know it was the British Isles" - of two warring tribes: the Wizards & Warriors; to the wizards, the warriors are a wicked invading force, cutting down their forests & wiping out their magic, to the warriors, the wizards are uncivilised & ignorant and that magic brings evil & anarchy. Both are convinced they're right & the other is wrong (doesn't sound fa...
  • Allison M
    3.5 stars for this children's fantasy adventure book.This novel is the first in a new series by Cressida Cowell and it is a fun and scary adventure. The main characters are thirteen-year-olds Xar, younger son of a powerful Wizard king, and Wish, the seventh daughter of Sychorax, Queen of the Warriors. Xar is a self-absorbed, overconfident, unthinking, infuriating boy who will do anything to obtain magic: most Wizard children have their Magic 'com...
  • Adele Broadbent
    Xar is selfish, impulsive and full of himself. After all, he is the son of Encanzo, the King Enchantor. But he is the youngest son, and his magic hasn't come in yet, causing him embarrasment and worry.Wish is the daughter of Queen Sychorax, the most evil queen in the Warrior Empire. Wish is also impulsive, daring, and rebellious, but also caring and kind.They are taught from birth that the other is a foe, an enemy, one to be slain if need be. But...
  • Carrie Griffin
    I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of this novel. The fantasy tale was interesting and also cute. I rooted for all of the characters especially our two main characters, Xar and Wish. Also, the witches are interestingly different than I have ever seen before and are creepy. Cressida Cowell is great at story building and writes with a voice throughout the story that I could not get enough of. Her use of wit and narration are great parts of...
  • Pauline
    Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series, certainly writes engaging books that combine adventure, fearsome creatures, magic and just the right amount of quirky, silly humour. Set in a time in Iron Age Britain, a time so long ago that it was before Britain knew it was Britain, it is the tale of two heroes. Firstly, a boy called Xar is a Wizard who is yet to develop his magic, although he wants it desperately, and secondly, Wi...
  • Ludmila Marton
    I'm going to give it 5 stars for now. I was oscillating between 4 and 5 and my rating might change in future. Here's why. I absolutely love Cressida's writing style and her masterful story building. This is a start of new series and although story of this book alone is fantastic, it is also a beginning of a bigger story that will play out on the scale of whole series. Things she touched in first book are very important to me so I guess I'm gonna ...
  • J. Taylor
    There's nothing better then a hilarious middle grade fantasy when you've read a bunch of boring, older fantasies. I brought this on a whim because of the beautiful cover and illustrations, like they are stunning, however I didn't expect to love it which I did completely. Every character are like my babies, each one I really liked and I won't hear a bad thing said about any one of them. (view spoiler)[ The bit that had me was with the father and s...
  • Augusta
    My son received an ARC of this book and read it in 2 days. He's a huge Cressida Cowell fan. We even went to see her speak a few years ago at a book festival in England. Here is his review--If the goal of this book was to somehow go over the high bar set by How to Train Your Dragon, it failed. If it's goal was to be a completely unique series, unaffected by that series, it did a great job. The characters are likable (with the exception of Xar) and...