Will Wilder: Amulet of Power by Raymond Arroyo

Will Wilder: Amulet of Power by Raymond Arroyo. Yearling, 9780553539745, 2019

Format: Soft cover, 334 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Fantasy/Action-adventure Fiction

What did you like about the book? The third installment of the Will Wilder series, the book is sure to please fans of the first two.  This book can be read out of order, as the author does a through job of explaining characters and past plots necessary in bringing new readers up to date.  Will really wants get onto the Perilous Falls football team; however, his scrawny build and lack of coordination are working against him.  This, along with his work with the Brethren and homework consume much of his time.  Desperate to make the team, Will borrows an amulet with the hair of Sampson to help give him strength and, as to be expected, the repercussions have unexpected consequences, not all beneficial.  As a visitor to the town precipitates unusual events, the town’s population becomes curiously affected. Will starts seeing more Fomorii, imps, causing trouble and tries to piece together where they are coming from as well as what major daemon is attracting them to the town?  An engaging plot, black and white illustrations, and interesting characters will keep readers engaged throughout the tale.  Religious archetypes of good and evil will remind readers of other mythological series.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Will seems to be oblivious to most of the hazards of his decisions, despite the warnings of others.  Not a criticism, however, reading the first two books in the series would be helpful in giving a more thorough explanation of characters and back-story.  There are many supporting characters which could be confusing to some readers.  

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 4 and up who enjoy mythology action adventure books, the first two books of the series, or titles by Rick Riordan will enjoy this work.

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough adventures based upon Catholic archetypes of good and evil.  

Where would you shelve it? Fantasy/Action-adventure Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: November 5, 2020

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