Thomas Wildus and The Book of Sorrows
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
The shop keeper entrusted Thomas with a box containing an ancient tome, The Book of Sorrows, with str ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We aren't in Harry Potter's brooding, misty En ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more