Sure, they are bickering at times, but throughout the story we see that these two really like each other's company. And I was just absolutely squealing in delight at a certain scene and what Xar said there. Xar at times is still an annoying little boy. HOWEVER, as the story continues we see him acting smarter, kinder, and he is seeing that things aren't just black and white as the adults often think. I am really happy that he is making these changes, that he is growing, that he is becoming stronger.
I can't wait to see the final Xar. What kind of guy will he be then? I still love Wish the most out of the two characters. She is sweet, kind, and I just adore that she can do magic while being a warrior. I had such a laugh when we had an enchanted spoon, a fork, and a key, and it turned into one big love triangle! Then there is the backstory for Xar's father and Wish's mother. It was definitely a surprise to me, I just can't imagine it, but we do see some signs in this book that do confirm it to be a true backstory.
Now I am just rooting for certain things to happen, though I guess it won't happen unless someone can do some unspelling. Also, this does explain some thing regarding Wish. I loved meeting a giant even bigger and more ancient than Crusher. I hope that we see more of these giants. Yeah, I know they have left the world, went to the sea, but who knows, maybe they are still there somewhere. The adults were pretty eh in this book. I get that they want to protect their kids, and not have them do all the things they do, but come on listen. Listen to your kids. So many things could have been prevented if people just listened.
I was constantly rolling my eyes at how stupid the adults were acting in this book. I get that they may not believe Xar due to him constantly lying and making up things left and right , but at least listen to Wish. And urghghhhh, I hated that Witchsmeller dude. My lord, that dude was just so annoying and dumb. Come on, you should know what a Witch looks like or does, and that there is no such thing as a Fule Fool.
He kept on going on and on and on about that. In the end I just wanted to feed him to the Kingswitch. The ending was terrific, though I also was shaking my fist. Argghhhh, now we need to wait until the next book to find out more, and see if our duo and their friends and companions will be able to get the ingredients.
Will they defeat the evil in the world? Or will it take a few more books which I also don't mind as these books are scrumptious. Lastly, we have the illustrations. I definitely have to get used to their style again, it is a very unique style, but I have to say I love it. It just fits like a glove. Oh, and I can't forget the Narrator. I am still very much guessing on who it could be, so far though I haven't got a clue as to who it could be. I am just way too immersed in the story to see the hints I guess. That is the trouble with this book, it just sucks you in. It draws you to this magical world.
We also see some spellbook pages, get the story of the giant, and some more fun extras. All in all, I just need the next book in this series and I hope it will be out next year although that is already such a long wait. I loved the original audiobook SO much that I deliberately waited to read it until I could access the audiobook - and then miraculously this weekend, as though it was meant to be, I found it and listened to it pretty much nonstop. It was such a pleasure and joy to be back with Squeezjoos, Xar and Wish.
But mostly Squeezejoos because he is our favorite and we'd like an entire series of books about his adventures just being adorable and hilarious and the best hairy fairy ever. Thank you. This sequ I loved the original audiobook SO much that I deliberately waited to read it until I could access the audiobook - and then miraculously this weekend, as though it was meant to be, I found it and listened to it pretty much nonstop.
This sequel has everything that made the first book so charming - explosions, Xar's terrible decisions as the Boy of Destiny, dramatic escapes and fights, magical creatures who like to sing amazing songs this time from a werewolf that makes your heart break , the mysterious narrator I think it's Caliburn but would Caliburn mock himself If you're looking for an audiobook series that shows the power of this storytelling medium, the Wizards of Once is your best choice.
Also, Squeezejoos. Loved it!! Even better than the first one. Definitely recommend these! May 03, Jerby Verderosa rated it really liked it. This is a quick, fun, short read, and thus I will try to keep my review quick, fun and short as well. I remember reading the first book in this series last year and feeling really impressed with it.
I noticed a lot of wit and humor in it, as well as a shade of complexity in the plot that I did not expect. I finished it and immediately looked up when the next one would be released. In general, I found a lot of the same strengths in this sequel: still the same trademark witty, humorous writing and This is a quick, fun, short read, and thus I will try to keep my review quick, fun and short as well.
In general, I found a lot of the same strengths in this sequel: still the same trademark witty, humorous writing and a lot of creativity in a familiar but zany setting. The author does a strong job of taking a very typical fantasy-British-Isle setting and breathing life into it with her very tongue-and-cheek writing.
For an adventure story, the characters certainly spend a lot of time standing around singing or listening to stories. The danger aspect really does not come until the end of the novel — while exciting, it could have been more evenly dispersed throughout the book. In addition, characters figure out things or discover magical solutions to large problems just a little too quickly — and a hinted love triangle between the children feels a bit rushed and underdeveloped. I did appreciate, however, that the author shows people struggling to undo biases and clinging onto certain prejudices instead of easily letting them go.
I know that when this series finally does undermine the biases that certain characters hold, it will feel satisfying because the characters really work for this newfound openness. Overall, funny, quirky, but could have been a shade more exciting. Jun 15, Helene rated it really liked it. Mar 13, Rachel Libke rated it really liked it. On the whole, not as good as the first book in the series—but it deserves equal footing with book one because of David Tennant singing a werewolf song. Mar 04, 16paynel rated it really liked it.
Twice magic is the seacond book in the series after the wizard of once. It continues the story of Xar and Wish as they go on a journey to defeat the King Witch. It adds to the story fantastical elements. It is quite enjoyable and has a happy ending with room for the story to continue through other books.
I would recommend this book to a most younger people. This book is even better than the first. David Tennet is such a charming fun narrator. It was a treat to listen to him sing as several different characters. This second entry in the "Wizards of Once" series was even more enjoyable than the first. I recommend the audiobook, brilliantly narrated by David Tennant. There are lots of fun songs too. There's more to come, and I'm looking forward to Book 3. Jan 16, Jennifer Rijo rated it it was amazing. The flawed and loveable characters, the two main ones so essentially childish with their blind belief and their egotism it makes you feel sentimental for a time gone, were the first cog in the story to drag me in.
The enchanting world the story is built in, with philosopher giants giants think giant thoughts, after all , cheeky sprites, and magic alongside the mundane, was next. The songs and tales are especially indicative of this; my favourite parts of the book. Nov 23, Phoebe rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , humor , juv , fantasy , juv-fantasy. Cowell's gift for storytelling through both words and art shines through once again in this exciting next installment, when Xar and Wish and all of the Warriors and Wizards are under massive threat from Witches.
The obvious moral to the story, about working together, accepting differences, uniting to save the world, runs as an undercurrent but never gets heavyhanded--thanks to Cowell's light touch with humor and her ability to make every character interesting--even the frightening Kingwitch. Ano Cowell's gift for storytelling through both words and art shines through once again in this exciting next installment, when Xar and Wish and all of the Warriors and Wizards are under massive threat from Witches.
Another grand adventure that fortunately ends with another adventure beginning. This new series is one of the best middle grade fantasies being published. Jan 04, Amy B rated it it was amazing. Delightful and fascinating new developments. Dec 29, Carolynn Markey rated it it was amazing. I LOVE squeezejuice. Also the audiobook is read by David Tennet! Too short of a book can't wait for the next one!!
Sep 20, J. They are my babies, I utterly adore them all. Also, I am so on board with the enchanted key, spoon and fork love triangle. Feb 16, Rosie rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This book was better than the first one. And this is why. Xar He is still recoiling from his mistakes in book 1. He seems like he getting eviler. And smarter. Like Xar. He is my favorite character in this series so far. His choices in the past may have been He is going through a transition from good to bad, and that intrigues me. It hooks me. I hope he turns into a which, then This book was better than the first one.
I hope he turns into a which, then has to conceal it from everybody. That would be good reading. He just made me laugh the whole time. In the first one I read the epilogue after the second chapter and it said he had dark magic and I was like wha?? Anyway, I just adore this character. Did they swap parents or something? But I also like Wish.
Plus, who knows how many husbands she had. And on top of that, she is ashamed to show Wish in public!! One complaint though, why is one eyelash bigger than the other?? Someone has to love the villains. The Enchanter He is a king, but also makes time for his own son. Looter I despise him.
He is so rude to Xar!!! But I love when he gets in trouble. My favorite part in the whole book was when he got turned into that thing!! Callaburn He is SO funny!! The Sprites So cute and funny. Lonesome He is just funny. And is like NO No!! Snow cats They make the list. Whichhunter Booooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So fun and villainous Bodkin You come behind the Whichhunter.
He faints, which annoys me, and he always tags along. He is like the third wheel. But I like him still. My fave part was when Looter got turned into that thing, and when they fought the whiches and the Which Stain. The best. I give it infinity stars. This one is. 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….
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 I enjoyed this book more than the first! 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! Like the first, I listened to an audiobook which features the immensely talented David Tennant as narrator. If you enjoy medieval fantasy, I highly recommend grabbing a copy asap. This review first appeared on Mom with a Reading Problem. May 17, Zulfiya rated it it was amazing. These books are such a delight. Browse our personalized books. United States. My Orders. A personalized Christmas book, to treasure for life. Perfect for Bedtimes Bedtime for You. Worldwide Bestseller Lost My Name.
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