Happy Sunday! It is time for another book review! whoop, whoop! Today it is for a brilliant little middle grade. Yep, today it is all about The Wizards Of Once by Cressida Cowell. Let’s do this!
This book has been on my radar ever since it came out. and that is for one reason, it has a really pretty cover. so naturally I have been wanting and excuse to buy it. And then I found out that David Tennant reads the audiobook and that sold it. I brought it that day lol. And you know what, I actually quiet liked it.
It wasn’t as old as I was expecting it to be. I was thinking that this would be kind of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Lockwood And Co kind of age range. The higher end of Middle grade. But in reality it was actually more of the lower end of the spectrum so more like Nevermoor, Cogheart, Wonder. (I really hope that made sense). Because it was at the younger end of the spectrum I did struggle to get into it a bit. The story just felt very young at times and it did make it hard for me to connect with it. there were a few times when I found myself nearly getting distracted because I wasn’t connecting to it very well. It must have taken me about a quarter of this book to actually start to get into it and enjoy the story.
I think that part of the reason that I struggled to connect to this book, besides the young intended age range, was because to me, the magic system was kind of confusing. It took me a long time to get my head around it and to figure it out because there doesn’t seem to be much logic and consistency to it. and I found that really difficult. I like my magic to have at least a few basic rules and norms and to, well, make sense. And to me the system in this one didn’t. I did eventually manage to get my head around it and come to terms with its lack of continuity, but it did take a while. And I am sure that it impacted my enjoyment.
But for the most part the story was entertaining. There were moments of humour dotted throughout which made me smile on several occasions. And some deep messages about friendship and acceptance that I think is such an important thing in children’s books. I love a book with a hidden message. I did also find the storyline interesting. Yes, I did think that it was a little underdeveloped, but it had a lot of potential and it was good. it reminded me a bit of Harry Potter mixed with A Boy Called Christmas. It had magic and adventure and intrigue but also heartache and friendship. I liked it.
Overall this is an enjoyable book. I will most likely pick up the second book once it is out and give it a go, but I am not sure how committed to the series I am. I am glad that I gave it a go though.
3.5 out of 5
And there we have it. do you read middle grade? Have you read The Wizards Of Once? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.