Friday, 21 September 2018

ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book of the Week - Week Ending 21st September 2018: "The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic" by Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children's Books)

Our Chapter Book of the Week this week is a dazzling sequel to a book that hurls us headlong into a fabulous new fantasy world from the creator of "How to Train your Dragon"...
"The Wizards of Once" by Cressida Cowell was an instant hit with C, who loves the sort of tricksy and beautifully constructed fantasy books that successfully combine brilliant and inspirational characters with a book world and setting that takes your breath away.

Wish and Xar are back for more adventures. Wish is a Warrior Girl from the Queendom of Sychorax, a land enclosed by a military wall to keep out foul creatures and magical humans.

Xar hails from the magical Enchanzo's Kingdom and the Wildwoods where complete chaos reigns as witches join forces to create havoc in their thirst for dark knowledge.

Xar and Wish will once again find themselves unlikely allies across the wall, as Wish comes into possession of a magical book that is beyond her comprehension, and Xar struggles to find a way to remove the WitchStain from his hand, that may mark him for death. 

Combining forces, it's time for the two to embark on a quest involving a cataclysmic decision that could change either, or both of their lives forever. 

Cressida makes one of the most complicated tasks ever undertaken by us mere mortals look extremely easy. Not just content with cooking up one fantasy bookworld that has seen her "Dragon" series sell by the truckload, becoming hugely successful movies and TV shows into the bargain. 

But here again catching lightning in a bottle with a new fantasy series that completely blows our socks off. 

We can't wait for you all to start reading this one, it's nailbitingly good from start to finish. 

"The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic" Written and Illustrated by Cressida Cowell is out now, published by Hodder Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).