The Wizards of Once, Cressida Cowell
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. 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...
Even though The Wizards of Once is really long it is really good. I like how in Wizards of Once there are kind of creepy and scary parts. - Flynn (aged 8) from Wellington
I thought that this book was amazing although some parts were a bit hard to understand. It was about two characters called Xar and Wish who unexpectedly meet up to go on the quest of their lifetime. All the characters were unique and each had a different good quality about them. Fantasy adventure with a hint of humour, Cressida Cowell certainly knows how to get a reader to love a book - Eva (aged 10) from Wellington
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. - Kirkus Reviews
The underlying theme is one of tolerance of difference. She writes with empathy and encourages it in her readers that way. So much better to let kids come to their own conclusions once you've gently pointed them in the right direction. I think this is one reason why Cowell is so popular - there is a trust between author and reader that both feel and respect. - The Book Bag