Review by Horn Book Review
This sequel to The Wizards of Once (rev. 1/18) finds brash Xar muffing a breakout from the Gormincrag Rehabilitation Center for the Re-Education of Dark Magic and Wicked Wizards while the more cautious Wish frets in her realms Tower of Educations Punishment Cupboard. After both do successfully escape, they reconnect and take off on a new adventure, tracking ample evidence of the demonic Kingwitchs return. Their parents from feuding kingdomswizard Encanzo the King Enchanter and warrior Queen Sychoraxeventually heed their childrens urgent warnings and begin to rethink their respective groups traditional animosity. This fast-paced sequel is full of the same humor, sketchlike illustrations, use of Capital Letters, and introduction of unique companions (among them an adorable sentient spoon and some capable hairy fairies) as the previous entry. While the ending is completely satisfying, it also leaves plenty of openings for a projected third book. monica Edinger January/February 2019 p 88(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Into the woods Xar and Wish go again; they have to every now and then.In this action-packed magical sequel to The Wizards of Once (2017), Cowell returns readers to a fantasy world chock-full of wizards and warriors, distrust, and discord. Following the events of the first novel, Xar, the Enchanter's son, finds himself imprisoned after a self-injection of Witchblood, an attempt to make his own magical powers manifest themselves. On the other side of the kingdom, Wish, the daughter of the Warrior Queen Sychorax, is locked in a magical cupboard, still being ignored by her mother. Desperate to recapture the Kingwitch and halt the infestation of witches in the kingdom, both teenagers break out of their respective prisons and join forces. The tale zips along, aided by the author's humorous dialogue and the antics of returning characters, from Xar's sprightly advisers to Wish's beleaguered bodyguard, Bodkin, and her anthropomorphic Spoon. Magical mischief aside, this is a tale about parent-child relationships and the lengths to which the latter will go to gain the former's respect. Xar's and Wish's parents love them but fail to recognize them as individuals coming into their own. This is a cautionary tale demonstrating the danger of not taking children seriously, and the parental blunders while trying to understand their children feel very real. Both children present white in Cowell's scratchy, smudgy illustrations.Readers will clamor for more. (Fantasy. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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