Monday, 22 June 2020

Book Review: Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria by J. M. Bergen

Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria
J. M. Bergen

Publisher: Elandrian Press
Publication date: 20th May 2020
Series: The Elandrian Chronicles #2
Genre: Middle Grade / Fantasy
Pages: 408
Format read: eBook
Source: Courtesy of Book Publicity Services

A boy discovering his destiny. An ancient object of unspeakable power. An impenetrable web of deception.

It's been three months since Thomas and his friends faced off against the enigmatic Arius Strong in an epic fight for the future of humanity. They thought the battle was over. It was only just beginning.

Now, with a mysterious message from an unknown hacker, the action starts again. This time an ancient talisman with legendary powers is at stake, and Arius will stop at nothing to make it his own. Dark witches and wizards are rallying to his cause, and behind it all, a mysterious figure with inexplicable abilities. The forces of light are gathering as well, but the web of deception is thick. Will Thomas and his friends see through the lies in time to stop the forces of evil and prevent a catastrophe of historic proportions?

In book two of The Elandrian Chronicles J. M. Bergen has delivered another edge of your seat story featuring Thomas Wildus and his friends, Enrique and Akhil. I enjoyed this book even more than the first one!

The boys are now 14 and there is a brief introduction of girlfriends and movie dates before they are called away during school’s summer break to once again find a magic-imbued ancient artefact before it falls into the wrong hands.

The three boys all have their own unique qualities. Whilst Thomas is hesitant and thinks before acting, Enrique is snarky ans quick to act. Akhil will be coming along on this mission where his outstanding computer skills will be of great value.

The magic is stepped up in this book, both in the boys training and in battles with sinister elements. The chapters are short and the plot is easily followed. I became captivated as the story moved along at a steady pace.

No-one is who they seem to be and as the boys and their mentors plan to find the magical staff help will come from an unlikely source.

A new, powerful and evasive enemy is lurking. Someone more sinister than any enemy they have encountered before.

Triumph doesn’t come easily and Bergen includes themes of team work, friendship and perseverance.

There are a few mentions of people and events from the first book and to get the full benefit from book two I would suggest reading book one first.

This book includes moderate violence and awesome magic scenes.

Ages 8+


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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
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 more interesting).

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