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Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows

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4.39  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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 discove ...more
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published February 2nd 2019 by Elandrian Press
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    Debra
    Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Montzalee Wittmann
    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 more! Everything a middle grade fantasy reader would want!
    Veronica ⭐️
    Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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    I’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
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    Alex
    Nov 27, 2018 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.
    Lauren Stoolfire
    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
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    Jill Steeley
    Nov 21, 2018 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
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    Catie
    Nov 26, 2018 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.
    Christine,
    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
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    Jessica | Booked J
    Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also found here at Booked J.

    Perfect for fans of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken! Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows brings a little magic to our lives. Unique and enthralling, the story opens with what seems to be an ordinary child. Like all good middle grade stories, we're quickly proven wrong, and set off on adventure
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    WyrmbergSabrina
    Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 more interactions with them and Thomas, but the way the story pans out, that would not work out. And
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    Cassandra
    Nov 13, 2018 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.
    Sha
    Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of J.M. Bergen through Book Publicity Services. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book.

    Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows surprised me in many different ways. The first is completely on me—I read “sorrows” and subconsciously convinced myself this middle-grade novel would have a somber tone. Yeah, not ex
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    TheBookbubble
    Nov 04, 2018 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, ...more
    AlessaReads
    Nov 10, 2018 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!
    J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    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
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    Jessika Santulli
    Summary: In modern-day Southern California, Twelve-year-old Thomas Wildus stumbles upon mysterious bookstore owners, who confirm his suspicion that magic is real. He begins reading a magical book, and strange occurrences invade in his once-normal life.

    Thoughts: Thomas is a twelve-year old boy, and his language and interests completely reflect a real pre-teen. His relationship with best friend Enrique was comical and endearing. It was nice to see a strong bond of friendship among boys for a chang
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    Brenda
    Jan 22, 2019 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 ...more
    Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: ya
    I am such a slacker and need to read faster! This book was recently release and I was hoping to have a review up for its release - alas life happens.

    Thomas Wildus is about a boy whose father is no longer around, but who instilled this belief in Thomas that magic is real. Thomas has been searching for evidence of this from bookshop to bookshop his whole 12 years, this year though, he stumbles upon a bookstore and a book that just might make his dreams come true.

    The book is the first in a series a
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    R. L. Carlo
    Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-2018
    Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen
    3.5/5 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
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    Cats of Ulthar February Weird Fiction
    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 ...more
    Dee ~ Proudest Nanna Of Newborn Millie ~
    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 Goodreads.
    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
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    K.S. Agustin
    Dec 17, 2018 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
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    Shar
    Nov 30, 2018 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
    Bergen Junge
    Nov 26, 2018 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.
    George Anders
    Nov 18, 2018 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
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    Alicia
    Jan 16, 2019 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 more books on Thomas and Enrique's advent
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    Shelley Davis
    Jan 04, 2019 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.
    Francia
    Dec 12, 2018 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 more.. This is the kind of books that we love to read. We highly recommend. We can't wait for book 2... Great Read!!!!! :)
    A Book
    Nov 02, 2018 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.
    Roger Hyttinen
    A Boy and His Magic

    Thomas 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
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