Once, long ago, magic flourished in the Dark Forest, until the magic hating warriors invaded from across the sea. They destroyed the cruel witches, forced the wizards deep into the Dark Forest, and banned all magic from their realm on pain of death.
Xar, a reckless and self-absorbed wizard boy, has no magic and will do absolutely anything to get his hands on some. And Wish, the mild, curious, and disappointing daughter of the Warrior Queen, has a forbidden magical object that she will go to any lengths to keep hidden.
Their worlds collide late one night when Wish’s pony spooks, carrying her deep into the woods. Xar is out hunting for witches in order to steal their magic, and Wish’s magical object might be just what he needs to succeed.
Accusations, insults, and threats fly through the air as Xar and Wish knock heads. In the middle of all this, three awful things appear: a black feather, a drop of green blood, and a ghastly creature. Who has been creeping back into the Forest, under their very noses, while warriors and wizards were busy fighting each other? Will Xar and Wish work together to face off against a deadlier evil? And if they do, what will their parents have to say about it?
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell is shelved in the juvenile fiction section of the children’s department.
If you enjoyed The Wizards of Once, you might also like Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. The castle minions are surprised when little twelve-year-old Molly arrives to become their new wicked witch, but they have no choice but to accept her, secrets and all. Castle Hangnail is also shelved upstairs in the children’s department.