*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria
Author: J.M. Bergen
Main Theme: Juvenile Fiction, Magic, Fantasy
Thesis: Three months after Thomas and his friends face off against Arius for an all-out battle to save humanity, the gang looks forward to summer to take a break, play video games, hang out with girls, and act like normal teenagers. Too soon, it is time for them to pack up again because the war is just beginning. A mysterious hacker sends an anonymous message to warn the kids to find a weapon before Arius does, to prevent devastating damage. It is a fight between light and dark, will Thomas and his friends be able to find the truth to save mankind, again?
What Drew Me Into the Book?: Once again I was sent a copy of this book for free by Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review. Man, I’m glad they did! I was just thinking about Thomas Wildus before Kelsey sent me a new email and asked if I was interested in the second book to the series. I really enjoyed the first one, as it’s obvious that this book is meant for younger kids, but I think it has depth in it that even older kiddos or even adults would enjoy.
My Thoughts: Let me just say one thing. You know how some people are afraid that the second book or movie to a series will be bad compared to the first one? They worry that it won’t live up to the hype that the first item gave to us? Well, you don’t need to worry about Bergen’s ability! Honestly, I’ve enjoyed this book much more than the first one, as I feel like his character development and overall writing skill improved.
Speaking of character development, can we talk about how insanely accurate a portrayal of a teenage boy Thomas is? He’s mouthy, likes to goof off with his friends, has a crush on a pretty girl, and sometimes has to battle to keep his emotions in check. But the kid has a huge weight on his shoulders, especially as he learns new information about his dad, who has actually been missing for years, and Thomas thought he was dead for the longest time. I’m really big on relatable characters, and while no, I don’t have magic flowing through my fingertips or a bunch of super talented and powerful friends, I like to read about characters that do but still maintain human qualities about themselves.
Another thing I really enjoy is the opening up of the world around our main character. Who doesn’t get excited to meet new friends? Okay, maybe some of us who have some social anxiety of some kind to deal with. But after we get over our nerves, meeting new people, especially different kinds of people, is really exciting. The really cool thing about Thomas’ world is that magic isn’t limited to one type. Everyone has some kind of special ability, like shape-shifting, super speed, teleportation, able to read minds, or even just being extremely smart is difficult topics like astrophysics or some crazy stuff like that. Of course, with having so many new people around, there is a chance for something to go wrong, like someone getting seriously injured or someone not being entirely truthful with the rest of them. But hey, no spoilers. 😉
Also, if you like some major plot twists, you will love this book. Enough said!
The only thing I could slightly complain about is that it felt like it dragged a little towards the end. It’s less than 400 pages long, but if I am not in the right headspace, I find myself getting bored and I need to put it down. I understand that a lot is going on for the characters, but maybe if the scenes were shortened down just a bit, it could help the flow better.
Would I Recommend This Book?: If I haven’t made it clear above, I think it is safe to assume that YES, I would totally recommend this series. Especially if you have a middle-schooler that has read Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or the other popular series and doesn’t know what else to read. Highly recommend it for you moms and dads too, y’all deserve something good to read as well!
Once again, thank you to Book Publicity Services for sending me a free copy, I’m so excited for the third one to become available for a review. I’ll be anxiously awaiting!
The Library Lady ♡