Hi friends! I’m back (yet again haha. Ha.) with a book review!! Let’s DO THIS.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review! Huge thanks to the publisher!
Thomas thinks he’s an ordinary twelve year old, but when a strange little man with gold-flecked eyes gives him an ancient text called The Book of Sorrows, the world he knows is turned upside down. Suddenly he’s faced with a secret family legacy, powers he can hardly begin to understand, and an enemy bent on destroying everything he holds dear. The more he reads and discovers, the deeper the danger to himself and the people he loves. As the race to the final showdown unfolds, Thomas must turn to trusted friends and uncertain allies as he seeks to prevent destruction at an epic scale.
First off, I thought the writing style was really simple which threw me off at first. However, it actually worked really well with the book and allowed it to have some INCREDIBLE world-building! The atmosphere of the book was crisp* and magical and AHHH.
*hopefully y’all know what i mean because “crisp” isn’t a word you see describing a book very often
Thomas was an okay character. He didn’t stick out to me a lot, but then again this book DOES have the Chosen One trope. That usually means a “Oh I Must Save The World Because It’s My Duty And Destiny” archtype or a “No It Can’t Be Me I’m Normal But I’ll Save The World Anyways.” Despite that, I actually really enjoyed his interactions and dynamics with several of the side characters!!
My last critique is really just the pacing. It felt really slow at first, then sped up to a perfect pace, and yet the ending felt just a tad bit rushed. It took away some of my love for this book, sadly. All in all, I rather enjoyed this one! Was it the best book ever? No, but it was entertaining and actually pretty cool and well-thought out. Have you read this??? Do you want to???