Friday, 22 February 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen

Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows
Author: J.M. Bergen
Genre: MG Fantasy
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2019

Book Description:
Thomas thinks he's an ordinary twelve year old, but when a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes gives him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows, the world he knows is turned upside down. Suddenly he’s faced with a secret family legacy, powers he can hardly begin to understand, and an enemy bent on destroying everything he holds dear. The more he reads and discovers, the deeper the danger to himself and the people he loves. As the race to the final showdown unfolds, Thomas must turn to trusted friends and uncertain allies as he seeks to prevent destruction at an epic scale.

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12-year-old Thomas Wildus is an ordinary kid with an ordinary life ... or so he thinks. When young Thomas happens upon a strange bookstore in his home town, he's handed an ancient book called The Book of Sorrows and given three rules to abide by. In exchange for borrowing the book, Thomas has to do some chores in the bookshop. Sounds easy enough. At least, that was what Thomas thought until life took a strange turn. Thomas has always believed in magic, a belief he has sustained ever since his dad disappeared seven years ago, but could magic have had anything to do with his dad's disappearance?

This was an enjoyable read with likeable characters and an interesting plot. Honestly, it took me a little while to get into it as it was a very slow start, taking more than half the book to really kick into action, but there were definitely elements about the book I thoroughly enjoyed. Thomas is a likeable character and easy to relate to. While there were a plethora of quirky characters introduced throughout, there wasn't much character depth surrounding these characters, which was a shame as I appreciated how different they were from one another.

The way the plot unfolded and the unravelling of information was somewhat cliche and predictable. My biggest issue was the way the information was supplied - at least for the first half of the book: telling rather than showing what was happening. The story didn't come alive as it should have. Despite that, I still found the story to be intriguing and charming enough to continue reading.

A good start to the series.


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Author

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