The sequel to the glorious The Wizards of Once picks up almost exactly where we left it... It is possible to understand the story of Twice Magic without reading The Wizards of Once, but this is very much a sequel and really deserves to be read in sequence or much of the emotional power of story will be lost. This sequel is just as exciting as the first instalment and just as thrilling, gorgeously written and illustrated. As the characters and story develop, we find out much more about wonderful (and scary) characters and get totally drawn into their magical world. Cressida Cowell’s writing is so warm; it just flows like a runaway train. There’s real friendship here and some deep truths about family dynamics.
This second in Cowell’s latest series sees Xar, a young wizard, and Wish, a warrior princess, reunited in their battles against the evil forces that have split their ancient worlds — including their own parents who are sworn enemies.
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Yet, underneath all the magic and high-octane action, Cowell’s messages are very human ones; that to defeat prejudice and hostility one must break down barriers, and that children who feel they disappoint their parents will carry an intolerable burden.