Will Wilder #2: The Lost Staff of Wonders
Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil—the fearsome demon, Amon, in this series that’s been described as having “shades of Indiana Jones and Percy Jackson” (Booklist).
When the storied Staff of Moses—responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt—vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. Desperate to prove his innocence and stop the thief from unleashing terrors upon the town of Perilous Falls, Will must use his supernatural gift to locate the beast—but it’s nowhere to be found.
As the river runs with blood, sharp-toothed frogs surround his home, and clouds of swarming gnats choke the streets, Will must rely on his supernatural ability, everything he learned from his training, and help from his friends, siblings, and Great-Aunt Lucille to find the missing staff and unmask the hidden evil before time runs out for all of them.
Will is the only one that possesses the ability to see demons. After surviving one in the first book, it's time for round two. With the help of his friends and family, they try to discover who Amon is and where the staff is being kept before it's too late and the last plague hits. The plague that brings death to all of the first borns, which means Will Wilder as well.
I really how enjoyed the biblical content was mixed with Egyptian mythology. It was very interesting to see what the plagues would be like in modern times. For example, when Will goes over the list of plagues, he comes across the three days of darkness and mentally adds flashlights and batteries on his list to stock up on. It's funny and intriguing to think of it like that when we're used to the story being told in ancient times, before flashlights existed.
Final Verdict: The story of Moses was one of my favorites and I really enjoyed seeing it being played out in modern times. Fans of middle grade fantasy and adventure will enjoy this read. Also, fans of Wing and Claw probably would as well.