" Mix between Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Catholicism. Recommended for boys as long as they aren't sensitive to the following issues: the hero frequently disobeys his parents, children are placed in real danger and demons/spiritual warfare occurs. " J said.
" Having spent time in the British Museum fascinated by the reliquaries, I loved the way this book weaves typical teenage boys with Bible Stories, fantastic beasts/ demons and adventure. Looking forward to reading the next installment. My only criticism is the way this one ended--not a cliffhanger, just a weird place to end. " Amy said.
" Even though I was not the target audience for this book, I greatly enjoyed it. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Arroyo, so it was a lot of fun getting to read his first children's novel. The plot was fast-paced, electric, and exciting. It might be a bit scary for younger readers, so I would suggest for 5th grade and up. Although, if you let your kids read Harry Potter younger than that, then they can handle this for sure!I can't wait to see what is next for Will :) " Emmy said.
" This is not the best-written book of all time, but as a supernatural adventure for middle grade boys, it's excellent. I love that the supernatural evil is based in Catholic/Christian theology. I wish the boys were less rude to each other, but perhaps like obedience it's addressed over the series? Or maybe it's just actually how tween boys talk to each other. Anyway, I'm such a big fan of sending demons back to hell in giving this a ridiculously high rating. " Amanda said.
"This book was given to me at the aasl conference in exchange for an honest review. This book did not interest me for a number of reasons. One reason was that little details were not correct...arrows do not really go with crossbows. The story took way too long to get started. This totally did not seem like a story that my husband would tell my small children while bathing. The main character, Will, did not have a lot of character explanation thing him to the plot, more like the author was circling all about him for quite some time. It took a great deal of pages for us to get to know this character." Andria said.
"I liked the pacing, varied emotions driving the story, and the complex characters. Over all I thought it was a good book.
I was disappointed to find this was book 1 of 7 books. These series get old and tire me out. So although I did like this book, I wood have preferred no more than 3 books to tell this one. I am not planing on reading anymore of this series.
I was never sure if the author was making fun of religion, or if he was just using it for inspiration, or if he was trying to make a point and be a missionary of sorts.
I listened to the audiobook read by the author, so instead of feeling offended by his tone and misinterpreting his meaning... his reading helped me understand some of his intent more. The religion had a strange vibe to it. But I thought the story, characters, and writing was done well. " Stacey Raymond said.
"If you have always felt the need to know what it would be like if Indiana Jones taught catechism, then I guess this is the book for you. If you've never needed to know that, this book is skippable.
It's not terrible, but it's not anything special. No character sticks out as particularly endearing or compelling. The plot is take-it-or-leave it. The adventure and action is dull. The creatures really just made me think that I was watching an episode of Primeval (but watching that TV series would be a better use of your chill time than this book...so...yeah).
I hear the author writes great analyses of Catholic doctrine and the like. Perhaps he should stick to that, and stay out of the children's market. Maybe his non-fiction is good, but I'm not Catholic...so.... Maybe this book would be more desirable to Catholic children. But, again, I'm not Catholic (or a child)...so...." Hannah Russell said.
"Arroyo, Raymond Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, 314 pages, Crown Books for Young Readers (Random), $16.99, Language: PG(3 swears 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Will is a 12 year old who can’t get enough out of life. When he falls off a donkey and gets punished, he starts to learn about the relic of Perilous Falls. Then his aunt starts to tell him about how his great-grandfather founded the town and hid the relic in the church. The story captivates Will and he is convinced by a Captain to hike down and retrieve the relic. There is only one question that remains. Can Will find the relic and save the town from the evil that lurks in it, or will the town be covered in water, never to be found again?
I really liked this book. It gave me a new perspective on stranger danger and who you should trust. Will got into all this trouble because he trusted the wrong person. Mature content is PG because it talks about Will’s religion and Will and his friends are talking about what they believe in. Violence is PG because it is talking about demons being disintegrated and dying and people being injured.
MS - ESSENTIAL. Student Reviewer: JM(7th grade)
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