Xar and Wish are on the final leg of their journey. Their first stop is The Mines of Unhappiness, where starvation is never far away for the Magical creatures who toil in its horrible depths. Xar and Wish must escape – and fast!
Xar needs to take control of his ever-growing Witchstain, and Wish must achieve her Destiny. But the Tatzelwerm is in their way – a grotesque monster who threatens to block every entrance.
Time is not on their side, but the forests are calling them. Can they defeat the hungry Tatzelwerm monster and escape with the cup? And will the spell be strong enough to lift the Curse of the Wildwoods… or will witches reign forever?
Never and Forever is the final book in the Wizards of Once saga. Warriors and wizards combine forces against the dreadful power of the Kingwitch, whose searing evil threatens not only the Wildwoods, but all its creatures.
Cressida Cowell is currently the Waterstones Children’s Laureate (2019–2021). She’s the author and illustrator of the bestselling The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books. The Wizards of Once series has been translated into 38 languages and has been signed by DreamWorks Animation. And I can’t wait to see this incredible saga on the big screen!
I’ll be honest, I had this book sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time before I could muster up the courage to read it. I didn’t want this journey to be over. But wow! This book was a rollercoaster ride of surprise that ended in satisfaction. I couldn’t be more pleased with how this saga ended. Expect a wave of emotions – from gasps of shock to hysterical laughter and tears of joy.
It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to such memorable characters whose development and growth I’ve witnessed over four wholesome novels. But my favourite moment of Never and Forever was finally finding out who the narrator is – no spoilers here, but it was a BIG surprise!
All in all, the Wizards of Once saga has become one of my favourites, and I recommend it to any reader aged 9+ in need of some magic, adventure, and a captivating story. The series holds a significant level of depth for middle grade readers – a depth that will have them hooked from its fascinating beginning to its bittersweet end. I can’t wait to see what Cowell blesses our bookshelves with next!