“I’m looking for books about magic.”
Thomas has been teased about it for ages but he truly believes in magic. He knows it in his heart.
But at twelve years old, he’s never seen even one iota of real magic.
Until he walks into the right bookstore.
He’s given this mysterious Book of Sorrows – with some very specific instructions. To only read it when he’s absolutely alone and tell NO ONE that he has it.
Almost immediately, Thomas realizes that this isn’t an ordinary book – that there’s something far more than meets the eye within its pages.
And with that, comes danger. Real danger.
Thomas turned back. The sidewalk was empty. He looked around, but the man was nowhere to be seen.
It’s up to Thomas to figure this out – and fast. The fate of the world rests on his shoulders.
I absolutely ADORED this book!
It was so wonderfully written and I was absolutely glued from page one.
Thomas’s character was so well-rounded and compelling to follow.
I loved the way he learned magic in this book – it was blood-sweat-tears style (opposed to giving a kid magic and they’re immediately experts).
I had a lot of fun watching Thomas struggle and eventually master the various techniques!
I loved, loved, loved the Book of Sorrows. The stories within it and the way the magic manifested – it was what I wished for when I was Thomas’s age.
The plot (on a whole) felt fresh and exciting. I so rarely get surprised by plots nowadays but there were a few twists and turns in this book that got me.
All in all, this book knocked my socks off and I’m immediately starting the second one!!
With thanks to J.M. Bergen and Elandrian Press for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!