Book Review of Wilderlore: The Weeping Tide
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Amanda Foody
Ages 8-12 | 352 Pages
Publisher: Margaret K. Elderry Books (2022) | ISBN: 9781534477599
What to Expect: Magic, Belonging, Friendship, Competition, and Responsibility
Second in the Wilderlore series, The Weeping Tide is every bit as compellingly exciting as The Accidental Apprentice.
Barclay is elated to be traveling as one of three new apprentices to the legendary Guardian Keeper, Runa Rasgar—but things are not going quite the way he imagined they would. The traveling is tiring, the other apprentices are far more skilled than he is, and trouble is brewing that makes his first visit to the sea more terrifying than exciting.
Worse still is his lurking suspicion that the reason he can’t control his magic the way the other apprentices can is actually that he is, at heart, an Elsie—an outsider with no place in the Wilderlands and no right to be a Lore Keeper at all. His resolve and skill are soon going to face an even fiercer test, however, because Runa is not the only Guardian Keeper at the sea who has brought apprentices—and the competition is getting fierce.
Barclay grows and develops over the course of the first book, but in the second book, readers will really see his character blossom as he finds his confidence in his new life and settles his old arguments with himself about where he belongs. None of the characters in this series are without their inner flaws, and the story revolves around the conflicts and mistakes that emerge when those flaws lead them to act less than maturely—adult characters included. These well-rounded relationships are set against a rich fantasy backdrop that builds and expands the landscape and menagerie of fantastical, magical creatures we met in the first book.
The Weeping Tide is an absolute page-turner—a strong sequel and, hopefully, a forerunner to yet more magic to come.
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About the Author
Amanda Foody is a New York Times and indie bestselling author of YA and children’s fantasy novels, including the Wilderlore series, the All of Us Villains duology, the Shadow Game series, and more. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their feline Beastly companion, Jelly Bean.
Visit her at AmandaFoody.com or on Instagram @AmandaFoody.