Review: Will Wilder– The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo

Category: 9-12 Fiction

Published: March 2016

Read: May 2017

Score: 2/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century, a sacred relic has protected his hometown from the raging waters surrounding it. But when Will “borrows” the relic for his own purposes, he accidentally unleashes an ancient evil.
As boats sink and hideous creatures crawl from the rising waters, Will must set things right before it is too late. With the help of his sweet (if lethal) Great Aunt Lucille, the curator of a museum of powerful artifacts, Will proves that the actions of one twelve-year-old boy can change the world.

Review: This is a story that will appeal to some but not to others. It is full of action and demons and prophecies and good vs. evil. It’s a fast paced and easy read for this age group and over all wasn’t bad but not a book I loved or would ever read again. I will not be continuing the series.

It’s about Will Wilder, and this is where my first problem with the book comes from. He is an arrogant and annoying main character. He doesn’t listen, puts peoples lives in danger…more than once I might add and not even a hero as far as hero’s go. He get’s in trouble and needs a way to fix it so he can go on a family trip and tricks his friends in to trying to get a relic locked in the bottom of a church. There is already trouble brewing in his town…that his grandfather founded….and people are dying but he must get that relic. Problems arise but can Will be the hero and save everyone? What if it’s demons and they start to walk the earth?

It’s nail crunching in some spots for sure. It’s imaginative story and brings a whole different world around. My problems with this book is that it’s a lot like Da Vinci COde. I don’t mind Da Vinci Code but not in a kid format. Its been done and this just felt like a revamp for a younger age group. Will, as I stated before, is a very annoying character. He leaves his friends to die…and no this is not a spoiler at all…but it’s true and at that point I was over this book! Even when he was supposed to step up he didn’t I felt like WIll walked around this whole story just thinking about himself and going “duhhh”.

It’s easy writing and kids would be able to read it no problem. The demon parts might be scary but nothing that should give nightmares. I can see this being a long series. The book ended on a note of what is going to happen next. I will not be checking them out but if you like this than I recommend you watch out for more as the second is already out.

Overall not happy with this book.

 

YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: Action and adventure ya novels, a younger version of the Da Vinci Code.

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