Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows

Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows

J.M. Bergen / Jul 17, 2019

Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows 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 Sudd

  • Title: Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows
  • Author: J.M. Bergen
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  • 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 he reads and discove 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 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 Captivatinga compelling story that offers good psychological depth, exquisite tension, and an adventure tale that proves hard to put down D Donovon, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review A stunning fantasy novel descriptive and incredibly well written 5 Star Review, Kristen Van Campen Teen Reviewer for Readers Favorite A marvelous fantasy sci fi story for children and teensthe story holds your interest and offers a pleasing blend of legend and modern day problems 5 Star Review, Melinda Hills for Readers Favorite A lively adventure Kirkus Reviews Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition Published February 2nd 2019 by Elandrian Press More Details ASIN B07K6T9LRV Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen Author Release date Feb 02, 2019 A stunning fantasy novel Readers Favorite will instantly draw in any reader who has secretly or not so secretly wished for a little w A stunning fantasy novel Readers Favorite will instantly draw in any reader who has secretly or not so secretly wished for a little 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 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 Enter Giveaway Format

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day he sees an old book shop on his way home from his Kung Fu lesson and ventures inside Thomas is looking for books on magic real magic He is intrigued with the book shop that he has never seen before and its large dusty books After meeting the owner, he is offered The book of Shadows An ancient book that comes with a set of instructions He agrees to follow the instructions and soon learns that there is to this book than meets the eye There is also to Thomas than meets the eye.Soon Thomas is approached by people who are looking out for him He feels as if he is being followed and his father s friend even comes to visit This is only the beginning as Thomas learns that magic is real, his family s history, and what lies ahead for him.This creative and imaginative book is geared for the middle school reader and it does not disappoint Thomas lives in the modern world yet is dealing with ancient magic Magic aside, Thomas is a likable and relate able character The book is entertaining and has enough action to keep readers of all ages interested and invested in learning what happens to the characters Interesting story which leaves the reader wondering what is next for Thomas.I received a copy of this book from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own flag 41 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Dec 27, 2018 Veronica rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, fantasy, middle grade ve read a few Middle grade books with the theme of magical crystals and I m always amazed how authors can write such diverse stories with the same basic theme our protagonist must get to the crystals before the antagonist and thus save the world Bergen has come up with an original take on this tried and true theme.Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a magical story filled with peril and friendship.Thomas is an ordinary twelve year old who loves t ve read a few Middle grade books with the theme of magical crystals and I m always amazed how authors can write such diverse stories with the same basic theme our protagonist must get to the crystals before the antagonist and thus save the world Bergen has come up with an original take on this tried and true theme.Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a magical story filled with peril and friendship.Thomas is an ordinary twelve year old who loves to read books about magic until one day he is given not a book about magic but a magical book His father s parting words ring in his ears Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real The story starts with the everyday life of Thomas Wildus He goes to school, hangs out with best friend Enrique, has problems with the school bully and has a crush on a pretty girl in his grade.After Thomas receives the book the story changes to one of mystery, danger and suspense.There is a slow build up to the main revelations about Tomas and his mission The explanation of the magic and quantum physics was a bit long however the story kept my interest.Overall Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows was a good read filled with danger, suspense and magic Thomas was a modest hero and a good role model.Content Scenes of mild peril Words bloody hell and evil bastard are used sparingly.Age 8 12 years I received an ecopy through Book Publicity Services flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 31, 2019 Montzalee Wittmann rated it really liked it review of another edition Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is a book I requested from NetGalley and a book I won but haven t received yet The books from NetGalley only stay active for a short period of time so I am glad I won so I can have my grand daughters read this book A magic book, a strange book store , kidnapping, magic powers, evil super being, excitement, suspense, mystery, and Everything a middle grade fantasy reader would want flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Alex rated it it was amazing review of another edition Hello I m 11 and just want to share this review with you.I loved this book and honestly think it could be the next Harry Potter My favorite things about this book was that it had so much diversity, it had the problems of a 12 year old boy and the problems of a magician, I also loved how he could do all these different types of magic and how some of the book was history but felt so modern flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Lauren Stoolfire rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, middle grade, mystery, adventure I received an ARC from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is an awesome MG fantasy series opener I m so happy I agreed to try this novel because it s a real gem I couldn t help but become attached to Thomas and the rest of the diverse cast and the author s world building is perfect for the story It certainly kept me turning the pages because I just couldn t wait to see what was coming It doesn t hurt that the story tak I received an ARC from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is an awesome MG fantasy series opener I m so happy I agreed to try this novel because it s a real gem I couldn t help but become attached to Thomas and the rest of the diverse cast and the author s world building is perfect for the story It certainly kept me turning the pages because I just couldn t wait to see what was coming It doesn t hurt that the story takes moves at a good pace and features a great adventure and an engaging mystery I have to admit I love just how important books and reading are to magic My only issue is with the dialogue because at times it s a little too stilted, awkward, and dated Overall, though, Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a wonderful story that would be perfect for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Jill Steeley rated it it was amazing review of another edition J M Bergen has spun an engaging tale of Thomas, who encountered a mysterious stranger and an intriguing book shop on his way home from his Kung Fu lesson He entered the book shop in search of book of magic, real magic He remembered the last thing his father had told him seven years ago before he disappeared Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real The shop keeper entrusted Thomas with a box containing an ancient tome, The Book of Sorrows, with str J M Bergen has spun an engaging tale of Thomas, who encountered a mysterious stranger and an intriguing book shop on his way home from his Kung Fu lesson He entered the book shop in search of book of magic, real magic He remembered the last thing his father had told him seven years ago before he disappeared Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real The shop keeper entrusted Thomas with a box containing an ancient tome, The Book of Sorrows, with strict rules of secrecy and for the reading of it Thus began an incredible new chapter of his life that included mysterious and sometimes sinister people, an abduction, magic lessons, and learning about his amazing family and his own destiny.The book draws the reader from chapter to chapter see what happens next The end leaves the reading wanting to dive into the next volume It s an entertaining read flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Catie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Magic, mystery, and adventure, all wrapped in a fun story with relatable characters and worthwhile messages I m a high school English teacher, and I absolutely recommend this book Its target audience is probably the preteen through early high school age group, but it s whole family fun and I enjoyed it too flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Christine, rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves middle grade fiction, jfic series, jfic fantasy, jfic favorite Thomas is your everyday comic book loving kid with a crush on a cute girl and a best friend who enjoys beating him at doodling wars With the mysterious death of his father at a young age, Thomas remains fascinated by magic His father always told him, Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real Just in case there is any doubt, Thomas receives his first dose of sorcery nearing his 13th birthday Strange music, a new used bookstore in town, and two eccentri Thomas is your everyday comic book loving kid with a crush on a cute girl and a best friend who enjoys beating him at doodling wars With the mysterious death of his father at a young age, Thomas remains fascinated by magic His father always told him, Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real Just in case there is any doubt, Thomas receives his first dose of sorcery nearing his 13th birthday Strange music, a new used bookstore in town, and two eccentric bookkeepers hand him the enchanted Book of Sorrows along with a lengthy list of rules Why is this book so special And why the secrecy From strange kidnappers to a transforming and hungry looking book cover, Thomas life is about to go from average to fantastical, taking him to China and Mexico via plane and other wizardly ways His mission To save the world from evil powers, of course On the hunt for the last of three powerful crystals and one bad guy, Thomas learns about his family history and his own innate magic Similar to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, Bergen takes readers on a unique journey that transcends the magical and global world With multicultural elements, this older elementary school aged read to middle grade story should keep readers up all night waiting to see if Thomas succeeds in stopping the bad guys He learns quite a bit about himself along the way too I cannot wait for Book Two.While I absolutely loved this title and 200% recommend it and appreciate its uniqueness separate from HP and Percy my only small criticism is perpetuating Asian stereotypes Aside from Thomas learning Kung Fu, Ling Sun, the housekeeper in China, speaks in broken English Having lived in parts of Asia as an ESL teacher, most students truly don t speak like this movie screen cliche People in and from other countries from all types of backgrounds can speak multiple languages fluently or at least not like this As someone who studied multiculturalism in both undergrad and grad school, I did appreciate the diversity of characters, feel that other characters cultures and traditions were adequately explained and portrayed, and definitely don t think this was a large distraction after a cringe or two I rarely give 5 star reviews, but Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows deserves high praise Fast paced, imaginative, unique in its fantasy world, I love the community, friends, and values set forth Well written, readers will find a coming of age story about friendship, family, and heritage Plus, you know, there are bookstores, books, and comics Definitely not a book to miss in 2019.I would like to thank Book Publicity Services and the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for a fair and honest review Thank you flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 WyrmbergSabrina rated it really liked it Shelves young adult and childhood Very much Percy Jackson but with magic.I was sent an Arc of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Shadows.A very enjoyable, solid tale that has likeable lead characters, a secret group of people and magic, and a villain who has good intentions but the wrong method of doing things.My biggest drawback to this is how the villain is only talked about and doesn t make a show until the end I would have liked interactions with them and Thomas, but the way the story pans out, that would not work out And Very much Percy Jackson but with magic.I was sent an Arc of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Shadows.A very enjoyable, solid tale that has likeable lead characters, a secret group of people and magic, and a villain who has good intentions but the wrong method of doing things.My biggest drawback to this is how the villain is only talked about and doesn t make a show until the end I would have liked interactions with them and Thomas, but the way the story pans out, that would not work out And I feel this is for younger teenagers Thomas is almost 13 is this tale, and we follow his experience, his discovery of magic and it s rather nice.The beginning had a good mix of The NeverEnding Story with shadowy figures and I was really looking forward to set up in that in environment And then it jumps forward a gear and it felt a little rushed.Thomas and his best friend Enrique, are an enjoyable pair, bouncing off each other very naturally I did like their doodle battles.Certainly a fun read Give it a go flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Cassandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received a complimentary not for sale copy.The writing style is great and the story glides along in a way that makes it easy to read through in a few short hours The character choices are very easy to enjoy I would think that middle grade or even a little younger might really enjoy the magical imagination from this author flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 TheBookbubble rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reviewed I love the way this book weaves magic in a modern day setting with a real villain, but also with real life problems children can identify with Thomas is a likeable character who has the admirable quality of standing up for others and a great imagination The action is fast paced and keeps you wanting to find out what happens next, and there are some surprising turns in the plot, including a strange encounter with snakes If there is one small problem with the book, and it is only really small, I love the way this book weaves magic in a modern day setting with a real villain, but also with real life problems children can identify with Thomas is a likeable character who has the admirable quality of standing up for others and a great imagination The action is fast paced and keeps you wanting to find out what happens next, and there are some surprising turns in the plot, including a strange encounter with snakes If there is one small problem with the book, and it is only really small, there are a couple of sections where I was unsure as to how much time had passed between scenes, but this did not detract from the story over all.Read the full review at flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 10, 2018 AlessaReads rated it it was amazing review of another edition 12 year old Thomas Wildus hasn t seen his father in 7 years His father had always told him that magic was real so Thomas is determined to find out when he embarks on an old mysterious book in a bookshop that reveals something magical Thomas finds out that he isn t a typical preteen and his world will never be the same This book was so much fun to read and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 J Aislynn dMerricksson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Move over Percy and Harry, Thomas Wildus is da house Welcome to a new world of magic, mystery, and delight Join Thomas Wildus, eponymous lead of Bergen s Thomas Wildus the Book of Sorrows, as this young boy begins the adventure of a lifetime And it all starts with a mysterious bookshop, of course That, and the cryptic last words Thomas father ever said to him.Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that Magic is real John Wildus, Thomas Wildus the Book Move over Percy and Harry, Thomas Wildus is da house Welcome to a new world of magic, mystery, and delight Join Thomas Wildus, eponymous lead of Bergen s Thomas Wildus the Book of Sorrows, as this young boy begins the adventure of a lifetime And it all starts with a mysterious bookshop, of course That, and the cryptic last words Thomas father ever said to him.Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that Magic is real John Wildus, Thomas Wildus the Book of SorrowsReturning home from school one day, Thomas stumbled across a bookshop he d never seen before HA Booksellers, Purveyors of Fine Books and Rare Manuscripts It is here that Thomas finally finds a real magic book Huxley, the proprietor, loans Thomas the book giving him several rules to follow with regard to being its custodian In return, Thomas will donate 5 hrs of his time weekly, helping out in the bookstore, until he s finished with the book.Read it aloneKeep it secret keep it safe, haha True though Read only one chapter at a time and never than a chapter a day.Things begin changing almost immediately for Thomas he gets learn real magick At least, he hopes soIt also opens up a nice can of worms, as people begin stalking him After confiding in his best friend, Enrique, about the book, Thomas finds himself kidnapped and whisked away To China Here he learns about magick and his own family that he ever thought possible Oh, but I loved this story It was so much fun There was a lot of snarky commentary, like the Percy Jackson books The whole aspect of having the inner potential for magic awakened measured using a book that told of one of the first wizards was pretty cool The a person reads, and the greater the potential, the faster the cover becomes illuminated, as in an old manuscript s illumination That kinda also reminded me of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, both the illumination and the penchant for magic.Thomas best friend Enrique is hilarious They have an ongoing doodle war at school, which often gets them in trouble The goal is to create a drawing that makes other person laugh as quickly as possible Enrique has a greater part to play and I m really interested to see where his story goes Thomas too His last name, and its origin are pretty cool So were the quantum physics notions underlying magic and how it works Makes it almost seem that if we ourselves had a greater understanding of those mechanics, we might be able to do magic ourselves Overall, a great read, perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and related series Highly recommended Many thanks to Netgalley and Elandrian Press for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review Reviewed for the San Francisco Book Review flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Tonja Drecker rated it really liked it review of another edition With magic, adventure and humor too, this is a novel Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans will enjoy.Thomas is around thirteen years of age, has been missing his father for seven years and is on a constant search for something many people don t believe exists magic When he happens across an older bookstore and discovers The Book of Sorrows, he s sure he s finally found what he s been looking for The bookstore, however, won t just hand it over to him There are rules he needs to follow if he wan With magic, adventure and humor too, this is a novel Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans will enjoy.Thomas is around thirteen years of age, has been missing his father for seven years and is on a constant search for something many people don t believe exists magic When he happens across an older bookstore and discovers The Book of Sorrows, he s sure he s finally found what he s been looking for The bookstore, however, won t just hand it over to him There are rules he needs to follow if he wants to have it, which he agrees to But having this book, along with the knowledge gained from several other people entering his life, does than open up the door to magic Thomas life turns upside down, and with it, comes an entire world of danger.Imagination soars in this tale, allowing the reader to follow an easy to relate to character on an exciting adventure Accompanied by a wide cast of diverse characters, Thomas is a boy with a keen sense of right vs wrong, curiosity and determination The first chapters allow the reader to get to know Thomas and his life at home and school, while laying the groundwork to the approaching adventure It does take a bit for the main thrust of the story to get going, but by then, it s hard not to cheer for Thomas until the very end.Thomas is thirteen, has a crush on a girl which is very sweet , and simply is a little independent than younger readers There s a little violencenothing over the topand especially the passages from The Book of Sorrows, which are written in an older English form, will cause younger readers problems So, I recommend this one for ages ten and up It s a lovely mixture of adventure and humor, especially where Thomas best friend is involved the doodle wars are simply a treat Their interactions flowed very naturally as they feed off of each other and bring a wonderful amount of fun The dialogue between the two didn t always fit, though, as certain terms and phrases are a little out dated for the age group But then, the writing could have been tighter at several moments in the story This, however, doesn t ruin the adventure, which keeps rolling until the last page.Predictable is not a word which can describe this book as Thomas faces exciting surprises and tense moments The villains are deliciously threatening although they hover in the shadows, the magic and past holds all sorts of secrets, and nothing is as clear as it first seems Thomas has his hands full and keeps the readers right there with him There s a wonderful message around friendship and a warming support given from those around him In other words, it s a world to get lost in and one fantasy friends are sure to enjoy.I received an ARC copy and enjoyed diving into Thomas adventure so much that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Brenda rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy, magic It s been years since Thomas last saw his father, but he hasn t forgotten the last words his father said to him, magic is real Since then, Thomas has been holding on to those words while looking for someone to take him seriously in his quest to learn magic He s not interested in the kind of magic tricks that magicians perform, he wants to learn real magic When Thomas makes a special trip to an old book shop, his father s words begin to have a new meaning Thomas not only acquires an ancient It s been years since Thomas last saw his father, but he hasn t forgotten the last words his father said to him, magic is real Since then, Thomas has been holding on to those words while looking for someone to take him seriously in his quest to learn magic He s not interested in the kind of magic tricks that magicians perform, he wants to learn real magic When Thomas makes a special trip to an old book shop, his father s words begin to have a new meaning Thomas not only acquires an ancient book called the Book of Sorrows from the kindly, but mysterious owner with gold flecked eyes, he also learns there s to his father s disappearance than he knew and that hidden within him are magical abilities that put him and his mother in potential danger At first glance, Thomas may seem like an average kid He loves to read, has been taking Kung Fu lessons for years and especially wants to learn how to perform real magic Like your typical twelve year old, he hangs out with his best friend Enrique, together they have fun at school competing in their favorite game of doddle wars Each time trying to one up each other by making the other person laugh at their drawings The story also contains a bully, but the plot doesn t center on him but rather how Thomas tries to befriend the boy being bullied and bring him into his fold of friends It s so nice to see a story with a character who s not fighting or running from the bully but is actively trying to be there for the kid who s being bullied In exchange for borrowing the book from Huxley, the bookseller, Thomas agrees to abide by certain rules to protect and maintain its secrecy The Book of Sorrows is both magical and mysterious, with each chapter that Thomas reads, the cover seems to change adding new details and becomes vivid in its coloring Eventually illustrating how the title is fitting to the story it tells him of Isham the magician and the beast that he unleashes It isn t long before Thomas encounters a threatening figure who at first stalks him in a van, lurking in his periphery as he s riding his bike Then things begin to escalate when an attempt is made to kidnap Thomas Fearful, Thomas turns to Huxley and Professor Reilly, a physicist who knew his father Together they explain the links between the Book of Sorrows, magic, quantum physics and the magical crystals that they must recover to stop an evil maniac from reawakening the crystals power and destroying the world Overall, I thought Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows was a fun story that included some nice messaging, had the right amount of suspense and danger and thought the inclusion of physics brought an interesting touch I received an ebook review copy from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Amanda Drover Hartwick rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves middle grade, fantasy Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is the first book of a new Middle Grade Fantasy series When I received an email asking if I d like a copy to review, I jumped at the chance because the title reminded me of another book called The Books of Shadows that I remember reading about in another book as a child A sign hung above a wooden door with slightly faded red paint The lettering was too small to read, but there were splotches of purple around the edges It was the only purple Thomas could Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is the first book of a new Middle Grade Fantasy series When I received an email asking if I d like a copy to review, I jumped at the chance because the title reminded me of another book called The Books of Shadows that I remember reading about in another book as a child A sign hung above a wooden door with slightly faded red paint The lettering was too small to read, but there were splotches of purple around the edges It was the only purple Thomas could see anywhereThe sign came into focus HA Booksellers, Purveyors of Fine Books and Rare Manuscripts Thomas Wildus is a typical boy with a loving mother and funny best friend, until he stumbles upon a strange bookstore where an interesting man named Huxsley lets Thomas borrow a very unique book called The Book of Sorrows In order to read the book Thomas must agree to three rules 1 No one can know about the book2 Read one chapter at a time3 Can only read it alone at homeIn addition to the three rules, Thomas must also help around the shop, which is when he meets a woman named Adelia Thomas discovers a whole new world of magic, learning about himself, his family, and his friends.Thomas and his best friend Enrique give a great example of positive male friendship and comic relief All of the characters are well written with unique personalities The writing style is perfect for Middle Grade My nine year old son enjoyed reading the first few chapters with me He ended up getting bored with it, he s of a graphic novel reader he has ADHD and struggles with chapter books without pictures Even though this is a Middle Grade book I quite enjoyed the story Dislikes 1 The title is too similar to Harry Potter series titles.2 The Book of Sorrows parts included in italics are boring, and I think a typical kid 8 12 years old would do what I did and skim over those parts.3 The first 100 pages are kinda slow, BUT once the last quarter is fast paced with lots of action.Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is an entertaining debut novel that I highly recommend to fans of Middle Grade Fantasy books The next book in the series is Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 R L Carlo rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen3.5 5 stars This is the story of the first stories, the start of wonders, the beginnings of sorrows Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that Thomas Wildus said goodbye to his father for the last time seven years ago and he s never forgotten the final words his father spoke to him Thomas is about to be 13 years old and his quest to uncover magic is truly about to give way Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen3.5 5 stars This is the story of the first stories, the start of wonders, the beginnings of sorrows Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that Thomas Wildus said goodbye to his father for the last time seven years ago and he s never forgotten the final words his father spoke to him Thomas is about to be 13 years old and his quest to uncover magic is truly about to give way thanks to a strange little man and a dusty bookstore Thomas s searching has bequeathed him with an ancient tomb called The Book of Sorrows There s a steep price and harsh rules, as there usually is with magic, but Thomas has been looking too long to let anything stop him.The Book of Sorrows reveals a strange new world encompassed with an extraordinary destiny for Thomas But time is not his ally He must work fast to discover the truth of his family history before enemies destroy his new power and all that he holds dear.Intrigued right from the start Bergen captured me and pulled me right into his world Elandrian Press provided me with a review copy of this book and I cannot deny I was thrilled and honored to read it in exchange for an honest review The premise enchanted me as I m a huge fan of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter of course so this sounded right up my alley.Thomas is such an amicable character I adore him He s sweet and kind He sticks up for kids who are being bullied He is such a good son to his overworked mom Super intelligent Obsessed with magic Strong willed Has a real fixation for food that I can totally relate to Twelve year old me would have cherished having him as a friend The doodle wars he plays with Enrique sound so fun And his crush on Peggy is rather cute Love the representation of Thomas s best friend, Enrique and his Hispanic family Also Akhil, Jameel, and Meng sometimes Ming not sure which one is the typo who are Indian, African, and Chinese American respectively.The writing does have some issues The dialogue is formally stiff and rather outdated for teenagers of nowadays Multiple snippets of awkward phrasing The word felt is used a little too prevalently for my taste There s a lot of over explaining Detailed descriptions of mundane moments that don t need to be spelled out in steps from A E, but could instead be left to our assumption There s a lot of telling Like when Thomas and his mom go out for Chinese food and we have to read almost every little detail of it, internally I was screaming, GET BACK TO THE BOOK AND WHATEVER THE HECK IS GOING ON, please.Needless to say, happenings like this make the beginning slow It s not until midway through the story when things really start to pick up Not to mention, once we finally receive certain information about what has been going on, some of it doesn t add up leaving holes that I wish had been filled Many questions left unanswered.The excerpts from The Book of Sorrows are hard to read It s supposed to be ancient, yes, of course, but dang is it confusing All the th and st suffixes are distracting I passed by on Thomas s summaries.Also that climax There was so much chatter Talk, talk, talk And got some serious Lion King vibes with all the shouting of MURDERER You know who you are.The plot itself is really good I love Thomas I love his friendships I love the magic It s not a perfect book but I enjoyed it I think the series has a lot of potential to be amazing And overall it was a very fast read Super fun Even though there were slow parts the pacing still kept me quickly turning to the next page So many questions kept me fascinated with what would happen next And my curiosity burned a tangible hole in me as my mind attempted to understand what was going on Even as questions were answered, new ones manifested I m looking forward to the sequel flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Fiona rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a great first book in a series It establishes the world and the basic plot, it introduces a lot of interesting characters and it seems like it s going to be a really fun series.The reason I was drawn to this book is because it was described as being something Harry Potter fans would enjoy and I am inclined to agree It is very different in the story but I can see where the similarities can be drawn with the protagonist learning he is a part this whole different magical life and learning This is a great first book in a series It establishes the world and the basic plot, it introduces a lot of interesting characters and it seems like it s going to be a really fun series.The reason I was drawn to this book is because it was described as being something Harry Potter fans would enjoy and I am inclined to agree It is very different in the story but I can see where the similarities can be drawn with the protagonist learning he is a part this whole different magical life and learning about his magical past.The story itself is pretty strong and intriguing I don t know how many books will be in this series but I am hoping for at least 3 if not I feel like there is a lot of story left to tell and a wealth of information still to learn about all the characters, both bad and good.I am definitely looking forward to reading future books in this series flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 24, 2018 Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018_4 seasons_ha, 2018_cs_readingchallenge, 2018_end strong_readathon, 2018_let s read indie_challenge, 2018_net galley_reads, 2018_new weird, a1 by author request, a1 netgalley, 2018_reads, a1 i own books Beautifully lyrical, engrossing contemporary fantasy, THOMAS WILDUS AND THE BOOK OF SORROWS is first in a new series yay about a boy turning 13, raised by his mother since his father inexplicably disappeared one evening when Thomas was but five His dad s last words told him Magic Is Real Thomas has always believed, and despite rejection and mockery, he has continued to search for the meaning of true magic On his way to the bus stop from his Kung Fu lesson, a couple of odd events occur, t Beautifully lyrical, engrossing contemporary fantasy, THOMAS WILDUS AND THE BOOK OF SORROWS is first in a new series yay about a boy turning 13, raised by his mother since his father inexplicably disappeared one evening when Thomas was but five His dad s last words told him Magic Is Real Thomas has always believed, and despite rejection and mockery, he has continued to search for the meaning of true magic On his way to the bus stop from his Kung Fu lesson, a couple of odd events occur, the second of which finds him in a bookstore he s never seen before, acquiring a book that will, literally, change his life This novel is encormously entertaining and very well written I anticipate with glee the sequel flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Dee Proudest Nanna Of Newborn Millie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves deidre s books, fantasy books, ya, book review I was given this book to review honestly, by the author J M.Bergen, through NetGalley I am happy to offer my review here on.In Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, the author J.M Bergen has written a wonderful fantasy sci fi story for children and teens With all the qualities of a cross between Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson, I was instantly hooked From the first page, I followed Thomas on his adventure, turning page after page, and not wanting to close the book till the end M I was given this book to review honestly, by the author J M.Bergen, through NetGalley I am happy to offer my review here on.In Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, the author J.M Bergen has written a wonderful fantasy sci fi story for children and teens With all the qualities of a cross between Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson, I was instantly hooked From the first page, I followed Thomas on his adventure, turning page after page, and not wanting to close the book till the end Mr Bergen has created a real gem of a book, one that I know will delight children, teens, and adults , of all ages When the second book comes out, I will definitely be one of the first to buy it flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 K.S Agustin rated it it was amazing Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is an exciting young adult fantasy novel and the first book in the Elandrian Chronicles written by J M Bergen Thomas Wildus is turning thirteen He is a fine boy who loves books, chess, doodle wars with his best friend Enrique, hanging out with his mother, and magic It might sound stupid but Thomas believes magic is real That s what his father said anyway, before he disappeared seven years ago.So, when Thomas discovers a strange bookshop downtown, he is Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is an exciting young adult fantasy novel and the first book in the Elandrian Chronicles written by J M Bergen Thomas Wildus is turning thirteen He is a fine boy who loves books, chess, doodle wars with his best friend Enrique, hanging out with his mother, and magic It might sound stupid but Thomas believes magic is real That s what his father said anyway, before he disappeared seven years ago.So, when Thomas discovers a strange bookshop downtown, he is so thrilled to be offered an ancient and mysterious book, The Book of Sorrows, by an equally mysterious man Borrowing the book, however, comes with a set of rules which include absolute secrecy Consumed by an inexplicable desire to read the book, Thomas willingly agrees.As soon as he reads the book, however, strange things begin to happen Thomas is pulled into a strange new world and learns something about his family And this is just the beginning.I enjoyed this book immensely It has interesting plot, exciting scenes, are endearing characters Congratulations to JM Begen on such a great book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Alicia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley Thank you Netgalley for the chance to review I absolutely loved this book The storyline is so amazing There is plenty of action and adventure to leave you on the edge of your seat Thomas Wildus gets this book called the book of sorrows from a man named Huxley at this strange bookstore and it completely changes his life I just finished this book and I am just in awe on how amazing it was I would definitely recommend to a friend I can t wait to read books on Thomas and Enrique s advent Thank you Netgalley for the chance to review I absolutely loved this book The storyline is so amazing There is plenty of action and adventure to leave you on the edge of your seat Thomas Wildus gets this book called the book of sorrows from a man named Huxley at this strange bookstore and it completely changes his life I just finished this book and I am just in awe on how amazing it was I would definitely recommend to a friend I can t wait to read books on Thomas and Enrique s adventures flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Shar rated it it was amazing review of another edition Advanced copy review Magical mystery mixed with interior journey perfect for the thinking middle school audience flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Bergen Junge rated it it was amazing review of another edition I got an advanced copy of this book and it is a fun read with or without children, I am ready to share it with my grandchildren now flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 George Anders rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fantasy This is great fun The backbone of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is the classic tale of school age heroes encountering magic for the first time and being swept into a thrilling, scary world where they need to summon their wits at every stage to stay ahead of trouble But we re also graced with author J.M Bergen s ability to pack each chapter with ingenious twists, which add just the right amount of unpredictability and wit to the story.We aren t in Harry Potter s brooding, misty En This is great fun The backbone of Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is the classic tale of school age heroes encountering magic for the first time and being swept into a thrilling, scary world where they need to summon their wits at every stage to stay ahead of trouble But we re also graced with author J.M Bergen s ability to pack each chapter with ingenious twists, which add just the right amount of unpredictability and wit to the story.We aren t in Harry Potter s brooding, misty England, or Percy Jackson s upstate New York summer camp We re in Los Angeles, where the beach is near, it s always sunny, and the cultural blurring between Anglo and Latinx is everywhere Here, the literary version of magic embraces and battles everyday life s near magic of smartphones, Google Earth and all the other technology of today Our hero Thomas has just the right blend of ambition and vulnerability to get us deeply invested in his quest Fellow adventurers Adelia and Enrique add a lot to the journey, too In the final pages, we realize that what seemed like the resolution of the book s main adventure is really just a portal to a lot adventures to come A memorable new series has begun Can t wait for Volume 2 flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 04, 2019 Shelley Davis rated it really liked it review of another edition A wonderful adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the very end A fun read for those who love magic and suspense A great story of perseverance and friendship that would appeal to Harry Potter and Magisterium fans flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Francia rated it it was amazing review of another edition Really interesting book My two boys love it One is 12 years old and the other one 8 They was like Oh God this book is better than Harry Porter All they unexpected things that happen on the book that makes you want to read This is the kind of books that we love to read We highly recommend We can t wait for book 2 Great Read flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2018 A Book rated it it was amazing review of another edition Read an advanced review copy and loved it Fun, fast paced, and super entertaining It s a totally different take on magic, but fans of Harry Potter are going to love it flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Roger Hyttinen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves middle grade fantasy A Boy and His MagicThomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a middle grade fantasy that follows 13 year old Thomas Wildus whose father, shortly before disappearing when Thomas was 6, told Thomas Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real.So now, seven years later, Thomas has neither forgotten nor has outgrown his interest nor his belief in magic In the beginning pages, we see the kind of person Thomas is through his interactions with others the affec A Boy and His MagicThomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a middle grade fantasy that follows 13 year old Thomas Wildus whose father, shortly before disappearing when Thomas was 6, told Thomas Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real.So now, seven years later, Thomas has neither forgotten nor has outgrown his interest nor his belief in magic In the beginning pages, we see the kind of person Thomas is through his interactions with others the affectionate teasing and joking with his mom and her nickname for him of sweet boy , his stepping in to help when another kid is being bullied, his close friendship with Enrique and Enrique s siblings, all of which leads us to the conclusion that Thomas is kind, helpful and empathetic towards others he s the kind of kid who steps in to do what is right.A Curious BookshopYoung Thomas s life takes a dramatic turn one day when he sees a curious old bookshop that he d never noticed before Given that he s always on the lookout for books about magic, he decides to go in and immediately gravitates to the magic section and goes through the shelves stocked with dusty old books An odd little man approaches Thomas, the bookshop proprietor, and after Thomas asks for books on real magic , the man offers Thomas a tome called The Book of Sorrows According to the man, the book is quite ancient and comes with a set of rigid instructions The man will lend Thomas the book so as long Thomas promises to strictly adhere to the instructions, especially the stringent rule of secrecy Thomas agrees and excitingly, takes the book home Strange Things Begin to HappenThomas dives in what turns out to be a rather disturbing story What s really interesting here, is that strange things begin to occur once he starts reading the book For one thing, the cover of the book slowly begins to change and it becomes clear to Thomas pretty quickly that there is definitely a paranormal aspect to the book.Things get even stranger when Thomas can t shake the feeling that he s being followed and then notices that he is in fact, being tailed and tracked by a menacing dark van Then, an old professor friend of his father s suddenly comes to visit offering to tutor Thomas in Physics and there are numerous strange people that Thomas keeps seeing around the bookstore, some of which have an unexplainably unsettling effect on him Thomas Has MagicThomas figures out that it is his possession of the book that has caused so much attention and without even realizing it, he s soon drawn into a world of mystery and magic I enjoyed the slow revelations here as Thomas delves deeper into the book s disturbing story with the book guiding him into a strange new world Through the story and his interactions with the shopkeeper, it is slowly was revealed to Thomas that he himself has magical abilities just waiting to be discovered Moreover, he learns that there is also a secret, a somewhat dark family history and a destiny awaiting him That is, if he can stop a powerful and dangerous magical enemy from arising and destroying everything he holds dear A Couple of NigglesThough the story is interesting and action packed, it does get bogged down at times by an excessive amount of detail A good portion of the narrative is spent eating, walking up, visiting with friends, reading, sitting on the bus, playing basketball, and the like While I do recognize the importance of world building, I felt there were too many details that didn t relate to the plot or add to the story So bearing this in mind, the story does take a bit to get going.I also found the snippets from the Book of Sorrows difficult to read I know the author was trying to convey the feeling of antiquity, but the eth and est suffixes rendered the text a tad challenging to comprehend An example Yet the tale endeth not, for in the eye of Isham s mind, the beast emergeth, like unto life This wasn t that huge of an issue, however, because Thomas summarized each of the excerpts so the reader could bypass them if desired VerdictThis was a wickedly fun and richly imaginative middle grade urban fantasy with a compelling plot and endearing characters, who had quite interesting backstories From the moment Thomas enters the bookstore I was hooked and couldn t wait to find out the mysterious book s secrets This little gem of a story has magic, action, mystery, intrigue and rollicking adventure, and held my interest until the wild ending Initially, I was fearful that the book was going to end on a cliffhanger given that I was nearing the end and there was no resolution in sight Luckily, I was wrong, and the story ended with a satisfying and heart stopping conclusion.I understand that there are adventures yet to come so I can t wait to delve into the next book Recommended Also, I huge thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This review originally appeared on my blog at rogersreads flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Kailey BooksforMKs rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves owned books Thirteen year old Thomas is sure that magic is real, and he goes searching for proof in every dusty old bookstore he can find One day, a mysterious bookshop owner lets Thomas borrow the magical Book of Sorrows, and Thomas discovers a secret family history and a world of magic and myth that takes him on a dangerous adventure.I enjoyed this book so much The magic system is marvelous, the plot is brilliant, and the characters are deep and endearing.The absolute best thing about this book is the c Thirteen year old Thomas is sure that magic is real, and he goes searching for proof in every dusty old bookstore he can find One day, a mysterious bookshop owner lets Thomas borrow the magical Book of Sorrows, and Thomas discovers a secret family history and a world of magic and myth that takes him on a dangerous adventure.I enjoyed this book so much The magic system is marvelous, the plot is brilliant, and the characters are deep and endearing.The absolute best thing about this book is the characters and their relationships with one another I love Thomas relationship with his mother, Susan They are affectionate and silly sometimes, like this adorable tiny family I love the trust they share, and the way they joke around and enjoy being together as a family I love Thomas relationship with his best friend, Enrique They tease each other, and their banter is priceless I feel like they are real people, because there are so many great details about their friendship.I loved the fascinating characters that Thomas meets along his journey They are all so memorable and unique, with mysterious backstories and secrets I was intrigued by every new person that Thomas encounters, and desperate to know about them The plot had a few problems in the beginning The whole first half of the book could have been much shorter Not much happens at first, and the same situation drags on for way too long Some of the scenes are recycled again and again The mysterious lady confronts Thomas on the street two or three times Why was that necessary Why not just once She doesn t say anything particularly new the second or third times I got it the first time The scene where the ominous dark van follows Thomas down the street happened at least ten times Okay okay, I get it There s a van with creepy people following him I don t need to see the van in every other chapter for 150 pages.The scene with the bullied kid in the bus is repeated three or four times Why Why wasn t once sufficient Why couldn t that whole bullying situation be taken care of in ONE scene I don t need to see it three times to get the point.And there is a lot of going out to eat, and sitting in class, and eating dinner, and going to bed, and waking up, and having breakfast, and sitting in class, and riding the bus, and going to a party, and playing a game of chess, and reading a comic, and hanging at the beach, and playing a game of basketball, and eating dinner, and going to bed, etc Ugh I understand that it s important to get an idea of Thomas daily life before magic changes everything, but really it was overdone and dragged out If he had just gone to class once, maybe twice, or had dinner with his mother once or twice, that would be fine But this was complete overkill in the beginning.The first 150 pages could have been condensed to 50 pages, because it s all build up, and at long last around page 165, the action finally starts The story structure needs some help at the beginning, but just stick with it, because then it gets GOOD The action in the middle and end of the book blew me away I mean, the plot gets moving and never stops It s mystic power, and kidnapping, and stolen crystals, and magic training, and impossible illusions, and betrayal, and surprises, and crazy situations until the very last chapter I enjoyed the story so much, and I was on the edge of my seat Overall, I loved this book, and can t wait to read from this series All that set up in the beginning slowed the story down, but once it got moving again, I really enjoyed it It s totally worth it to slog through the beginning Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from the publisher author in exchange for a free and honest review All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one 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        J.M s debut fantasy magic series originally started as a bedtime story for his oldest son The story turned into a saga, and one book turned into five The first book in the series, Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, is scheduled for release in February 2019 When J.M isn t working on the Thomas Wildus books, you can find him playing with his kids, napping, or dreaming up new adventures If J.M s debut fantasy magic series originally started as a bedtime story for his oldest son The story turned into a saga, and one book turned into five The first book in the series, Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows, is scheduled for release in February 2019 When J.M isn t working on the Thomas Wildus books, you can find him playing with his kids, napping, or dreaming up new adventures If you ever meet him and can t think of anything to talk about, you might ask about Herman the Shark, the Kai and Eli stories, or why Riddle Master by Patricia McKillip is his all time favorite book Or maybe, just maybe, you ll have questions and stories of your own if you do, he ll think that s far interesting


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    1. Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real Thomas has not seen his father in seven years but has not forgotten the above words that his father said to him Thomas is turning thirteen and his interest in magic has not wavered One day he sees an old book shop on his way home from his Kung Fu lesson and ventures inside Thomas is looking for books on magic real magic He is intrigued with the book shop that he has never seen before and its large dusty book [...]


    2. ve read a few Middle grade books with the theme of magical crystals and I m always amazed how authors can write such diverse stories with the same basic theme our protagonist must get to the crystals before the antagonist and thus save the world Bergen has come up with an original take on this tried and true theme.Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows is a magical story filled with peril and friendship.Thomas is an ordinary twelve year old who loves t ve read a few Middle grade books with the th [...]


    3. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is a book I requested from NetGalley and a book I won but haven t received yet The books from NetGalley only stay active for a short period of time so I am glad I won so I can have my grand daughters read this book A magic book, a strange book store , kidnapping, magic powers, evil super being, excitement, suspense, mystery, and Everything a middle grade fantasy reader would want


    4. Hello I m 11 and just want to share this review with you.I loved this book and honestly think it could be the next Harry Potter My favorite things about this book was that it had so much diversity, it had the problems of a 12 year old boy and the problems of a magician, I also loved how he could do all these different types of magic and how some of the book was history but felt so modern.


    5. I received an ARC from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M Bergen is an awesome MG fantasy series opener I m so happy I agreed to try this novel because it s a real gem I couldn t help but become attached to Thomas and the rest of the diverse cast and the author s world building is perfect for the story It certainly kept me turning the pages because I just couldn t wait to see what was coming It doesn t hurt that the story [...]


    6. J M Bergen has spun an engaging tale of Thomas, who encountered a mysterious stranger and an intriguing book shop on his way home from his Kung Fu lesson He entered the book shop in search of book of magic, real magic He remembered the last thing his father had told him seven years ago before he disappeared Magic is real, Thomas No matter what happens, always remember that magic is real The shop keeper entrusted Thomas with a box containing an ancient tome, The Book of Sorrows, with str J M Berg [...]


    7. Magic, mystery, and adventure, all wrapped in a fun story with relatable characters and worthwhile messages I m a high school English teacher, and I absolutely recommend this book Its target audience is probably the preteen through early high school age group, but it s whole family fun and I enjoyed it too.


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