Children’s Corner: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Posted March 28, 2019 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Reviews / 0 Comments

Children’s Corner: The Wizards of Once by Cressida CowellThe Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Narrator: David Tennant
Series: The Wizards of Once #1
on 2017-10-03
Length: 5hrs and 56mins
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, Beat the Backlist 2019

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's got any chance of finding one, he will have to travel into the forbidden Badwoods.

Xar doesn't realise he is about to capture an entirely different kind of enemy. A Warrior girl called Wish.

And inside this book, at this very moment, two worlds collide and the fate of the land is changed forever.

Xar and Wish must visit the dungeons at Warrior fort, and face the evil Queen.

But something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring ...

I have a confession to make. I bought this audiobook simply because the narrator is David Tennant. I’m a HUGE Whovian and Tennant is one of my favorite Doctors, so naturally I couldn’t pass this up. Y’all it is FANTASTIC!!! The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is a middle-grade fantasy about a young wizard and an equally young warrior who were taught to hate each other. Now please tell me you read that last sentence in Tennant’s voice because I totally did as I typed it 😂

Xar is the son of the ruling wizard. At the opening of the book, he is on an adventure of his own making. He is hunting a way to bring about his magic. You see, his magic has come to him yet, and at his age it should have. Xar is an interesting character that I immediately empathised with. He is struggling to admit that he is magicless, and as a result puts himself and his friends in danger.

Wish is the daughter of the evil queen, a warrior by birth. Wish keeps unusual company, most peculiar is her pet spoon (yes I said spoon). You see strange things have been happening to Wish, things that cannot be explained by the stories she’s been raised with.

I loved every bit of this short book. It is a wonderfully fun and suspenseful read, made all the more so by its narrator. Tennant breathes life into the characters as he narrates. I could easily picture each as the story progressed, and the mysterious unknown narrator is a character all himself, which again makes it being Tennant that much better. If you enjoy middle grade, audiobooks, and fantasy, do not miss this book! Get it and start ASAP. You won’t be disappointed 😀

About Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell grew up mostly in Central London. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own work, but also loves writing books for other people to illustrate as the end result can be so unexpected and inspiring. Cressida has written and illustrated eight books in the popular Hiccup series. The unique blend of child centred humour and sublime prose made Hiccup an instant hit. How to Train Your Dragon has reached over 100,000 sales and is now published in over 30 languages. A Dreamworks feature film is due to be released in 2010. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and two cats.


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