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Will Wilder #1: The Relic of Perilous Falls Paperback – March 7, 2017
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“Suspense, adventure, humor, a compelling story, and characters that fired my imagination. Great fun and great frights.” —Dean Koontz, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“[A]n action-packed story of pith helmets and secret passageways, prophecy and skepticism, temptation and wickedness, and the most agile and lethal great-aunt a boy could hope to have.”—The Wall Street Journal
“With shades of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson, Will Wilder’s antics are sure to appeal to middle-grade readers looking for the next great adventure.” —Booklist
“Will Wilder is a brand-new, refreshing, entertaining, intrepid young hero who magically combines humor and genuine suspense. And I love Great-Aunt Lucille!” —Mary Higgins Clark, New York Times bestselling author and “Queen of Suspense”
“Laugh-out-loud humor, palpitation-inducing suspense, and cliffhangers galore await readers young and old. Who knew the battle between good and evil could be so much fun?” —William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist
“Monsters! Prophecies! Ancient relics! This is a wildly inventive book, and Will Wilder is just the kind of hero you want when the small town of Perilous Falls turns out to be the most important place in the universe.” —Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Millions and Cosmic
About the Author
- Publisher : Yearling; Reprint edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553539620
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553539622
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 740L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.8 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book reminds me a lot of Harry Potter, but with a Catholic take. Faith is magical; evil is in the guise of demons, and good takes the form of angels and saints. In a way, it's more deadly because of how much does rely on faith.
The faith of a child is strong. The gifts that God gives us must be honored and mastered.
Jacob Wilder is a soldier in World War II. He is a Seer - someone who can see spirits - who is searching for a relic of Saint Thomas. His finger, to be exact. Jacob is part of a group called the Brethren, led by Abbot Anthony, who ends up prophesying about one of Jacob's descendants.
Fast forward quite a few years (likely 73, since the book was released in 2016 and the WWII scene was in 1943). Will Wilder is Jacob's 12 year old great-grandson and lives in Perilous Falls, a town that Jacob founded. Will is your typical pre-teen: he has a loving family, friends who egg him on, the desire to go on vacation, a bit of a selfish way of thinking especially when it comes to disobeying his parents...
...oh, and he sees shadows. Very much like his great-grandfather (not that Will knows that).
I like that there is a Jacob Wilder Day in town, though the mayor wants to get rid of in. Phooey on her! There is a museum with different relics of saints and a church with St. Thomas' finger, both of which Jacob also established. Those buildings, the relics, and other aspects of town have created what Will's great-aunt Lucile calls a stronghold against evil.
And evil it is. The first chapter (the one with Will) is a great example of how we can welcome evil into our lives.
I don't like Father Cash. I feel that he's demeaning and a bit disrespectful.
I became suspicious of almost everyone not introduced in the first chapter. This includes Captain Balor and Valens Ricard. By the end of chapter 12, I also didn't trust the mayor.
Strange things begin to happen, not only to the Wilders but to the entire town and others around them.
And the prophecy begins to unfold as the river's secrets come to life.
Will texts in complete sentences! That is awesome.
In the face of danger, friendship rears its head. Due to Sunday school, Boy Scouts, logic, and tenacity, Will and his friends Andrew and Simon make it through their trials.
Andrew is a borderline bully, especially with Simon. But he grows in this book (probably because of the real evil he faces)! I felt bad for him when Will ragged on him for literally slipping when he tried his best to avoid disaster. Even if he was a horrid person, that alone (an accident) would have made me feel for the kid.
Cami is another of Will's friends. She is awesome, and I enjoy her scenes immensely. Her brother, Max, is quite interesting, and makes the reader's heart warm.
The ending is a great cliffhanger and definitely makes me want to continue reading!