Children’s Corner: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

Posted April 19, 2019 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Reviews / 0 Comments

Children’s Corner: Twice Magic by Cressida CowellTwice Magic Narrator: David Tennant
Series: The Wizards of Once #2
Published by Hachette Audio on 2018-11-09
Length: 5hr and 38min
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
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Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge, Beat the Backlist 2019

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series--set in a magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.

This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison.

But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more--for an Evil Spell has broken free.

It's up to Xar and Wish to find the ingredients. But it means entering dangerous territory unannounced...

Cressida Cowell brings her trademark wit to this spellbinding sequel, along with the stunning artwork and heartfelt adventure that has made her beloved around the world, weaving a story that is sure to transport readers to a world that will enchant and bewitch them.

I enjoyed this book more than the first! Twice Magic by is the second book in The Wizards of Once and picks up in the middle of the action (featuring Xar….who else?!). Xar is in Gormincrag (like a prison) due to the mistakes he made in book one and Wish is behind a giant wall. Will these two kids who were never meant to meet meet again?

I love Xar and Wish! Xar is a the son of a wizard, though he never came into his magic (see book one for details of what he does about it). Wish is the daughter of the Queen of the Warriors. Neither really fit into the society they were born in and both rebel against it in their own ways. After a daring escape, Xar returns to the warrior castle to retrieve his spellbook. This results in him breaking in and stealing it and also kidnapping Wish in the process. Though is it really considered kidnapping when she goes with him willingly?

Adventure abounds in this book, much like the first. However I enjoyed this installment much more. The world building is done, the characters know each other and have formed a friendship so the reader gets thrown right into the action. I love it! There is a quest for a giant’s last breath, a war (like an actually, full on war) between the Warriors and Wizards and the Witches thought dead, and a magical backstory for two characters I didn’t expect. I loved that last bit 😉

Overall I really enjoyed Twice Magic. Like the first, I listened to an audiobook which features the immensely talented David Tennant as narrator. Y’all it is fantastic! He really brings the characters to life in a way that wouldn’t translate if you read it on your own. If you enjoy medieval fantasy, I highly recommend grabbing a copy asap.


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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