Saturday, April 27, 2019

Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows

Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows (352 pages)
by J.M. Bergen

A new series for those who love Harry Potter! There is plenty of magic and unsolved mysteries to fuel a handful of books here. Speaking of book series, this is a conversation that has come up with my middle school book club members in the past. Middle Grade Readers love a book series! Almost all of them prefer it to one hit wonders.

For me, this book started slowly. I struggled to identify with the characters at first and a few of the early chapters dragged. However, around page 100 we were introduced to a secondary character named Professor Reilly. He is quirky and mysterious and before long pieces of the story began to fall in place every time he shows up. The pace of the action picked up and I found myself caring more about Thomas and his side-kick Enrique. We accompany Thomas on a journey of discovering his family's hidden past and then learn about the potential he and Enrique each possess (their relationship develops into a Batman and Robin thing later in the book). A bunch of other interesting characters materialize as the action picks up and classic questions about good v. evil arise.

This isn't the type of book I would pick up at the bookstore, but it was entertaining and hard to put down as I read the second half of the book. To get your copy through Amazon click here. Book two is called Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria and is already out. Visit for more information.                        ⭐⭐⭐⭐