Book Review: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Release date: September 2017
Pages: 384 pages
R.R.P: $19.99
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. Taught since birth to hate each other like poison, Xar and Wish must forget their differences if they're going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort.
where Somethjng that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring...

My review
Thoughts on the book: The Wizards of Once is the first book in the new series by How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell. It tells the story of Xar and Wish, a very unlikely choice for a duo. Xar is a Wizard boy who is yet to come into his powers. Which would be fine if his dad, Encanzo the Enchanter wasn't the King of Wizards which made him the most powerful wizard alive. Xar will do anything to get his powers, even it seems using witch blood to gain power (as witches have the most power of course). Then there is Wish, a girl from the Warrior Tribe, who is so different from the rest of her tribe members which is a disappointment to her mother who is Queen Sychorax (Queen of the Warrior Tribe). Wish finds an enchanted spoon, which is forbidden in the Warrior tribes as they hate magic, which she decides she wants to keep. The two meet unexpectedly in The Badwoods where Xar has set a trap to catch a witch but ends up catching Wish and her guard Bodkin. What follows is an amazing adventure where all Wish and Xar want to do is make their parents happy no matter the cost, but what about what makes them happy? 

Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Wizards of Once is an amazing story for not just younger readers but older too. I have to say that my hardcover copy that I recieved was beautiful and when you took the dust cover it just got better and better. There is a beautiful image of Caliburn, the large black Raven that is in charge of keepin Xar out of trouble, on the front and some feather that have fallen off on the back. When you open the cover up there is an amazing hand drawn picture of the Iron Warrior Fort.
I have never read any of Cressida Cowell's previous books but love the How To Train a Dragon to series and the movies. I adored the story that Cressida Cowell wrote and the fabulous characters and world she has created. Basically every magical creature that you could want can be found in The Wizards of Once, just maybe not the way you expected to them to be. I know that having now finished the book I will be passing it to my oldest boy to read as he will love it as much as he does her How To Train a Dragon book series. 
Rating: 4/5