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Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows (The Elandrian Chronicles) (edició 2019)

de J.M. Bergen (Autor)

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WINNER 2019 FEATHERED QUILL BOOK AWARD - YOUNG READERS CATEGORY"Will instantly draw in any reader who has secretly (or not so secretly) wished for a little more wonder in their world. Parallels will of course be drawn to the Harry Potter series--and rightfully so--but this book also shares much in common with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time." - 5 Stars, Red City Review--Magic is real, Thomas. No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real.Seven years have passed, and Thomas hasn't forgotten. He hasn't forgotten the blue of his dad's eyes either, or the tickle of beard on his cheek as they hugged goodbye. Last moments with a parent are memorable, even if you don't know that's what you're having.Now, with his 13th birthday rapidly approaching, Thomas's search for magic is about to take a radical and unexpected turn. At an out-of-the-way shop filled with dusty leather books, a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes offers him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows. The price is high and the rules are strict, but there's no way Thomas can resist the chance to look inside.With the mysterious book guiding the way, a strange new world is revealed - a world in which Thomas has a name and destiny far more extraordinary than he ever imagined. But time is short. Even as Thomas uncovers his secret family history, a powerful new enemy emerges, threatening to end his rise to power and destroy everything he holds dear.Through a fresh voice, genuine characters, and a unique story line, Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows is destined to appeal to fans of Harry Potter and readers of all ages who love the search for magic and adventure.… (més)
Membre:deaflower
Títol:Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows (The Elandrian Chronicles)
Autors:J.M. Bergen (Autor)
Informació:Elandrian Press (2019), 364 pages
Col·leccions:Read and owned, La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:Fantasy, middle grade, adventure, magic.

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This coming of age story begins with a modern boy’s quest to find out, once and for all, if magic truly exists. Problem is, everyone just laughs him to scorn. Until one day, in a mysterious bookstore, someone doesn’t. Instead, the proprietor entrusts Thomas with an ancient book, saddled with a pack of promises.

The more Thomas reads, the more the book changes. Strange things start happening and peculiar people pop up in his life. Soon Thomas finds himself in the middle of an epic battle, with a destiny he didn’t ask for, but is desperate to fulfill.

Throughout this story, we see Thomas’s interactions with his closest friends, a racially and socially diverse cast of characters who add richness to the story. The author’s tone captures the attitude of upper middle graders – a compelling mixture of playfulness amid life-or-death stakes, whether in a doodle war between friends, a volleyball match, or when facing down a mortal enemy.

The importance of practice and training in personal and magical development is highlighted, along with the motto: Progress, not perfection, which is a key concept for readers of any age. The author also explores philosophical questions like, What happens if I gain power, but lose control? Bergen guides readers in discovering their own views of power and what matters most in life.

Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is an enchanting foray into a fantasy world where stories can become realities, science and magic intersect, and crystals hold the power to destroy. If you're looking for an enthralling and thought-provoking read, this is the book for you! ( )
  deaflower | May 22, 2021 |
I consider Thomas a good role model for middle-grade readers that could potentially be interested in reading this book. He has a good, healthy, respectful relationship with his mother and his friends. Thomas does well and applies himself in school - despite the doodle wars with his best friend Enrique during class. It was refreshing to see Thomas finally decided to stand up to the ringleader of the bullies in his class in support of the withdrawn new kid - without resorting to violent action. Violence was implied but only as a last resort and in self-defense. Honestly, my dad told me essentially the same thing and to quote Marie from Aristocats - "Ladies don't start fights, but they can finish them!" Thomas and Enrique have a solid friendship that even extends towards each other's family (mainly Enrique's siblings) and have quite a few shared similarities. The wholesome teasing banter between the two friends did have me laughing out loud a few times as well as some choice comments from Professor Reilly towards the end.

We've seen this type of plotline in middle-grade before but regardless, I enjoyed it. It had more than enough action and new aspects that I was more than happy to get lost in this book. It only took me two sittings to finish this book. The only portions that I believe some middle-grade readers could have issues with is the text from The Book of Sorrows that is archaic English. There was more than enough action and events going on to constantly move the story forward although the acquisition of the crystals seemed a little anticlimactic until the last one. I am curious to see where the second book takes the group of friends who are more similar to a family.

I would like to thank Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for reaching out to see if I would be interested in a copy of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows to read and review, I don't believe I would have found it otherwise. I will definitely be reading the second book in this charming middle-grade series. All opinions in this review are my own. ( )
  thereviewbooth | Sep 1, 2020 |
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Magic, Mystery, and adventure all rolled into one. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were a lot of fun and relatable. It was a little young for me, but I highly recommend it for early teen readers. ( )
  eballew | Aug 21, 2020 |


I want to start by explaining how this is both a personally purchased title, and a title I reviewed as a complimentary copy. I was meant to receive a physical copy of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by JM Bergen in the mail, and when I didn’t, I purchased the kindle version as I still wanted to review the novel. The synopsis had be excited and I thought this might be something like Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. I understood it was middle school going in, but I’ve previously read and really enjoyed others in the same age-range. Unfortunately, about twenty percent into the novel, I had to stop as I knew I would not be able to provide an appropriate review.

There are some books and stories that, while meant for younger readers, can still appeal to older audiences. There are others that are so clearly written for an audience you are not part of that you immediately feel like an outsider looking in. I believe that is the case for me. I think this is something that middle and older elementary school children will enjoy, but something that from the onset, will not necessarily resonate with older audiences. Myself, as an adult, I found myself wanting to get straight into the magic part and not caring about the side trips to school, to friends, especially once the magic was established. I, as an adult, found myself wondering how is this kid not angry at his mother for forcing him to raise himself or prep food, how is he not angry at his father leaving since it never once sounded like he died. I, as an adult and former educator, found myself wondering how the mother found herself grading all her papers in a night when either it’s scantrons or essay format. Scantrons/Multiple choice, easy. Essay format, there is no way a person would be able to next day it. Additionally, universities (out here in ny anyway…) rarely have classes that meet two days in a row. Schedules typically are Mon/Weds or Tues/Thurs, meaning there would be numerous days between to grade. So either this mom was really bad at planning and managing time or I have no idea. These are things my adult brain questioned that a middle schooler wouldn’t even think to think about.

If you know a middle schooler into fantasy, then I think they would enjoy Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by JM Bergen. If you’re an adult, this is likely a hard pass. Can’t put a star rating because I am very clearly not the target audience and can’t judge it accurately.

// I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title. //
  heylu | Jan 8, 2020 |
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The plot was slow to start which had me considering pushing it off but once it picks up the book was hard to put down. Thomas can be impulsive at times while discovering the world around him but exemplifies a typical teenage boy in search of himself. A very worthy fantasy story for middle school students. ( )
  surlysal | Sep 24, 2019 |
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WINNER 2019 FEATHERED QUILL BOOK AWARD - YOUNG READERS CATEGORY"Will instantly draw in any reader who has secretly (or not so secretly) wished for a little more wonder in their world. Parallels will of course be drawn to the Harry Potter series--and rightfully so--but this book also shares much in common with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time." - 5 Stars, Red City Review--Magic is real, Thomas. No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real.Seven years have passed, and Thomas hasn't forgotten. He hasn't forgotten the blue of his dad's eyes either, or the tickle of beard on his cheek as they hugged goodbye. Last moments with a parent are memorable, even if you don't know that's what you're having.Now, with his 13th birthday rapidly approaching, Thomas's search for magic is about to take a radical and unexpected turn. At an out-of-the-way shop filled with dusty leather books, a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes offers him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows. The price is high and the rules are strict, but there's no way Thomas can resist the chance to look inside.With the mysterious book guiding the way, a strange new world is revealed - a world in which Thomas has a name and destiny far more extraordinary than he ever imagined. But time is short. Even as Thomas uncovers his secret family history, a powerful new enemy emerges, threatening to end his rise to power and destroy everything he holds dear.Through a fresh voice, genuine characters, and a unique story line, Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows is destined to appeal to fans of Harry Potter and readers of all ages who love the search for magic and adventure.

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