The Wizards of Once : Book 1
#1 Sunday Times Bestseller
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award
This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth 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. Until the Warriors came...
Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it.
In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort.
Where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...
- Paperback | 480 pages
- 132 x 200 x 35mm | 417g
- 03 May 2018
- Hachette Children's Group
- Hodder Children's Books
- London, United Kingdom
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It was really fun and a good read, I love how it all intertwines and locks. It is a book you get drawn into and can't put down and I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out because it leaves a real cliff hanger of an ending! An incredible read. 5 out of 5 * Primary Times * Fans of How To Train Your Dragon who have been waiting for Cressida Cowell's new series will not be disappointed. Wizards, warriors, magic and two fab new mini heroes. * Weekly Scoop * Without ever losing the qualities that have made her books so deservedly popular, very gently (and cleverly) Cressida Cowell leads her young readers into something deeper, something richer, something even more magical. In doing so, her contribution to children's literature follows exactly the same path. She is a true hero of current children's fiction. Her books are a gift and children, parents, carers, and teachers should all be deeply grateful for it. * Magic Fiction Since Potter * A treat for old fans and newcomers alike. * S Magazine * Packed with Cowell's own quirkly illustrations, and as imaginative, funny and warm-hearted as the Dragon books, The Wizards of Once is a pacy, exciting read that's sure to herald another hit series. * Gainsborough Echo * Funny, thoughtful, lively and suprisingly wise, it is another coup for Cowell. * The Sunday Times Ireland * The book bristles with rambunctious energy and humour, and feels as if it has been slapped down on the page with glee and mischief. And its characters are irresistible. * The Glasgow Herald * This is a spellbinding adventure. It's so brilliantly entertaining, exciting and scary, you'll be desperate to get your hands on the sequel. * The Week Junior * A wildly entertaining and funny adventure. It is a visual treat to snuggle up with or read together with an adult. * South Wales Evening Post (Swansea) * If your kids adored How to Train Your Dragon, they'll be thrilled by the new The Wizards of Once. * Family Traveller * The illustrations of Xar, Wish, the magical creatures, notices and maps will be familiar to fans of How to Train Your Dragon but they are darker and have more of a feel of Tinder or A Monster Calls. An enjoyable read for anyone who loves the idea that 'Once there was Magic'. * The School Librarian * Full of quirky illustrations, it is a pacy read. * Cornish Times * Packed with Cowell's own quirky illustrations and as imaginative, funny and warm-hearted as the Dragon books. * The Wrexham Leader * A new fantasy world drawing on the background of Ancient Britain. The book is engagingly written with humorous illustrations and sketches adding to the flavour and vividness of the writing. A must of any KS2 reader who likes fast-paced adventure. * The English Association * The story moves at a cracking pace. * Teaching English * I would recommend this book to people who like long adventures stories. I would say people aged 9 to 12 would like the story. I would say that this one of the best books I have read. 10 out of 10. * Cork Evening Echo *
About Cressida Cowell
The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 38 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 42 languages and is a major DreamWorks Animation film franchise, as well as being made into a TV series on Netflix and CBBC.
Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize.