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Book Review: The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once


Book Review: The Wizards of Once

Cressida Cowell is a great author to share in storytime with your young kids.

Book Review Date: October 21st, 2019

Written By: Cressida Cowell

Cover Copy

Once there was Magic, and the Magic lived in the dark forests. Until the Warriors came…

Car is a wizard boy who has no Magic and will do anything to get it.

Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns something forbidden, something magical, and she will do anything to conceal it.

When stars collide, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they are ever going to make it to the hidden dungeons at Warrior fort… where something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring…

The Wizards of Once


Okay. So I had to double read this one because it was too fun not to! There’s so many fun illustrations and doodles and the like in this book that you can’t skip reading it in the physical form. BUT! The audiobook is read by David Tennant and I could not pass that up! The result is that it became a wonderful read along with the Tenth Doctor and it was a delightfully magical reading experience. I will admit, I have not actually read the How to Train Your Dragon series. And I know the movies changed things significantly. But I still trusted that this story would be fantastic and I was not disappointed. It makes me all the more eager to finally read the HTTYD books. Likely they’ll be a “gift” to my oldest that I’ll get to enjoy when I read it to her, because Cressida Cowell is a great author to share in storytime with your young kids. The story is so entertaining to at all age levels. It’s just plain fun. Also I am in love with this cover and I’m sad they changed the style for book two. Which I can’t wait to read despite the cover change!

The Wizards of Once

First Line

This is a story with two heroes.

Favorite Quotes

  • I am a character in this story… who sees everything, knows everything. I will not tell you who I am. See if you can guess.
  • The spelling book thanks you for reading, and would gently remind you that things generally turn out all right in the end.
  • In order to explain them, I will have to go back in time, exactly fifteen minutes. Of course, in real life, turning back time is impossible. I think I’ve already mentioned that. But contrariwise, I can do it, for I am the god of this story and this have rather more Magic than perhaps is quite good for me.
  • This is the problem with adventures. They bring out parts of you that you never even knew were there.
  • You have to listen to the stories, for stories always mean something.

Last Word


Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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