The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Magic? Wizards? Warriors? Adventure? A couple of lovable main characters created by best-selling author Cressida Cowell? Yes to all–and best of all, it’s the start of a new series. As in her previous series (How to Train Your Dragon), Cowell creates a believable world with its own internal rules. Readers will root for Xar, son of the King of Wizards (Xar’s magic, sadly, has not yet kicked in) and Wish, daughter of the Warrior Queen, (who has her own issues with magic). There’s lots of humor, too, in the tongue-in-cheek dialogue and funny alternatives to “swearing.” The illustrations are both quirky and delightful, and definitely add to the charm of the book. A great read for lovers of magic–a bit lighter than the Harry Potter series, but a wonderful read all the same. Can’t wait for the next in the series!