Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-30 
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"“The Sinestri come for each generation. During this time, it is up to us to resist and destroy them if we can.”

Blood runs through the pipes in every home in Perilous Falls. At the river’s edge, crimson water laps against the banks. No one wants to believe the plagues of Egypt are coming to their town—plagues that will claim the lives of the first-born.

Will Wilder is hardly ready to face the formidable demons of ancient Egypt. His training is still in the earliest stages. His greatest weapon has just been stolen—the wondrous staff of Moses. Glimmering raven feathers shimmer ominously in the shadows, invisible to all but young Wilder. Dark forces are rising in Perilous Falls, and the Brethren have a traitor in their midst.

Raymond Arroyo’s latest book is alive with the wonder and cruelty of Egyptian myth. Demonic forces rage through Perilous Falls, ably summoned by the malevolent wonder-worker, Pothinus Sab. High drama powers the novel, with moments of terror and powerful acts of heroism. The Lost Staff of Wonders fascinated my sons, who love magic and mythology. For those with an eye for great themes—power and corruption, wisdom and courage—this book is a gem.

--Kate Calina
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"Arroyo, Raymond The Lost Staff of Wonders (Will Wilder #2), 352 pages. Crown Books (Random), MARCH 2017. $20. Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

Will managed to stay alive after the first demon tried to destroy him, with a lot of help from his Aunt Lucille, his trio of best friends, and, surprisingly, his little sister and brother. When a new religious group moves into town, the Staff of Moses is stolen from Penniel, and plagues reminiscent of the Old Testament afflict the town. A new demon is after Will and after world domination.
My student reviewer loved the first book and the second book runs along a similar vein of excitement and danger.

MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
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"Copy provided by the publisher.

After the events of The Relic of Perilous Falls, Will and his large group of friends and family are back. Will spends a lot of time cleaning the museum when he would rather be undergoing his Brethren training with his great aunt Lucille, but when the town's river runs afoul with animal blood after the theft of the Rod of Moses, he finds himself drawn into another fight with the forces of evil. His brother and sister also seem to be manifesting powers, which is probably a good thing, since he could use some help. The weird Pothius Sab has come to town to set up his Karnak Center for Regeneration, and the town is sure he will save them, even though he is really channeling the energy of the demon Amon, which is not such a good idea. After the blood, the town is beset by many of the Biblical plagues-- frogs, gnats, etc., and Will knows that he has to find the Rod of Moses before the Sinestri get an even greater hold on the town. Even if this problem is overcome, will Will's work be finished?
Strengths: This had a lot of action and adventure, children saving the world from encroaching evil, and lots of gross plagues, so I can see this being popular with readers who enjoy Rick Riordan or the Clare and Black Iron Trial books.
Weaknesses: I got the feeling that the author was trying for a C.S. Lewis type of allegory, but combining Biblical content with ancient Egyptian mythology dilutes any religious feel. There are also a lot of characters to keep straight.
What I really think: Not my cup of tea, but the first book in this series has seen some circulation among my insatiable fantasy fans.
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