Saturday, January 29, 2022

Review: The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

Today's review is the second book in an exciting, middle grade, fantasy series. I say that because I did read the first one and was already captured by the characters and world. This one takes a completely different turn as it leaves the forest and heads to the open is obvious with one glance at the cover. So, I had high expectation when I received this ARC. Oh, and be excited, because it is releasing in just a couple days! On February 1st!

Curious to see if it's as good as book one was? 

Wilderlore #2
by Amanda Foody
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Middle Grade Fantasy
352 pages
ages 8 to 12


Barclay and his friends must save an island city from the Legendary Beast of the Sea in this exciting second book in the Wilderlore series, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

Something is wrong at the Sea. The weeping tide, a carnivorous algae bloom, is eating up all the fish. Beasts are terrorizing the nearby Elsewheres. And Lochmordra, the Legendary Beast, is rising at random and swallowing ships whole.

Barclay’s teacher, the famous Guardian Keeper Runa Rasgar, has been summoned to investigate, and as her apprentice, Barclay gets to join too. But Runa’s nemesis has also been called to the Sea, and he’s brought apprentices of his own. When the not-so friendly competition between them grows fierce, it’s Barclay—the only one from the Elsewheres—who can’t seem to keep up.

The key to stopping Lochmordra lies in his mythical home, but as the flood of the weeping tide encroaches, time is running out to find it. If the rival groups can’t cast aside old grudges and learn to work together, soon the Sea will be destroyed completely. And all the while Barclay must ask himself: is there truly a place for him in the Wilderlands?



This is the 2nd book in the series, and I did read the first one. I do highly recommend starting at the beginning of the series because it does offer background information, which will make book two that much more enjoyable. That said, it isn't impossible to start with book two, but....why would anyone do that with this series?

Where fantasy and action already filled the pages of book one, the excitement notches up even more to create a fun read in this next tale.

Barclay still has a lot to discover about his Lore, the world, and...well, everything. When his teacher is called to the Sea to deal with something, which is swallowing everything in its path, the next adventure begins. The forest is left behind as this adventure heads to the Sea. It was fun to discover the new creatures and sink into the new world. The imagination is just as rich as in the first book and as exciting to discover.

While book one already kept the pace high, book two ticks it up another notch. Barclay has a lot of obstacles to face, and the tensions between him and his friends still aren't fully erased. Add the competition with the other teacher, and there's a lot going on. With all of this, it's still an easy read to get lost in with tons of twists along the way. 

Fans of middle grade fantasy will not want to miss this one (or the entire series, so far). The only problem will be the wait for book three to see what happens next.

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