Publication Date: 19/09/2017 ISBN: 9781444936704 Category:

The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publication Date: 19/09/2017 ISBN: 9781444936704 Category:


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Having trained all the dragons, Cressida Cowell is back! In ancient woods where Wizards and magical creatures clash with Warriors and their iron swords, a young, reckless Wizard, Xar happens upon Wish, a curious Warrior princess, her pet spoon (that’s not a typo) and a stolen sword with unimaginable powers. Unbeknownst to them, an evil magic is awakening within the forest. With her trademark humour, scratchy illustrations and superb characters, Cowell cements place atop the storyteller’s league.


From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series – set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.

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…

Publisher Review

This book will delight and engage readers of fantasy both young and old. * School Library Connection * Cowell’s latest work offers a fully realized fantasy world abounding with witches, sprites, killer plants, and talking ravens. Her scrappy teenage protagonists are wonderfully flawed and almost scarily realistic in their bravery, selfishness, and desire to please their parents yet not surrender their individuality. The omniscient narrator’s voice is pitch-perfect, sounding appropriately young without ever talking down to the target audience. Readers will fall in love with the imaginative worldbuilding and humorous dialogue and asides….A delightful magical romp. * Kirkus Reviews * World-conquering * The Guardian *

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