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Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0553539671
LANGUAGE:English

" Such a great read. We read book 1 and 2 as a family and the kids and parents alike were enthralled in this exciting story! We can't wait for book 3! " said.

" Good fantasy. Lots of details and the similar sounding names slow this series down for me. " said.

" Another wild, but satisfactory ride!! Looking forward to the next book in this series!! " said.

"As readable as the first book, but this second instalment in Will Wilder's adventures saving the world introduces a lot more characters and locations so that it's difficult to keep track of everyone. Seeing people react to the plagues of Egypt raining down on a modern town is interesting, and adding an Egyptian interest in Perlious Falls gave a bit of relevant biblical context, but to be honest I find Will a bit difficult to get on with. Sure, he's a flawed hero, and that helps him seem real, but he's just a bit too self-interested and angry and Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix-y this time round... I guess its the pressure of saving the world." said.

"I liked this better than book 1. Will wasn't such a brat, sacramentals were used properly and not as magical talismans, and the characters were more developed. I struggled in some parts to tell apart similarly named characters. I also have hope now that there's a story behind Will's dad being such a pushover. I really hated that the father figure was written as being so weak and spineless, but there were hints in book 2 at a reason for this. I hope the author follows up with this layer of the story and I hope Dan will grow a backbone sometime during the series. I did appreciate the strong women characters in Aunt Lucille and Will's mom Deborah. The story itself was quite an adventure and a lot fun. It was a great idea that fleshed out pretty well. " said.

"In THE LOST STAFF OF WONDERS, the legendary staff of Moses is stolen by a powerful demon named Amon who feeds off the hatred and anger within the world. There's only one person who can stop him and that's Will Wilder.

Will is the only one that possesses the ability to see demons. After surviving one in the first book, it's time for round two. With the help of his friends and family, they try to discover who Amon is and where the staff is being kept before it's too late and the last plague hits. The plague that brings death to all of the first borns, which means Will Wilder as well.

I really how enjoyed the biblical content was mixed with Egyptian mythology. It was very interesting to see what the plagues would be like in modern times. For example, when Will goes over the list of plagues, he comes across the three days of darkness and mentally adds flashlights and batteries on his list to stock up on. It's funny and intriguing to think of it like that when we're used to the story being told in ancient times, before flashlights existed.


Final Verdict: The story of Moses was one of my favorites and I really enjoyed seeing it being played out in modern times. Fans of middle grade fantasy and adventure will enjoy this read. Also, fans of Wing and Claw probably would as well.
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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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"I stayed up until midnight with this baby. The Lost Staff of Wonders is bolder, edgier, and wilder (see what I did there?) than book 1.

There was considerably more action as Will and his friends take down malevolent forces of darkness while almost dying at several turns. I craved action in book 1, and was left hungry. I got full with book 2.

Also, there was more character development as romantic flames arose between Will and Cami Meriwether. Yay! That makes me happy.

I loved The Lost Staff of Wonders due to the evil henchmen. It made it much more complex with the (view spoiler)" said.

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