I was contacted by the author, J.T. Cope IV, and asked to write an honest review for this book, and here I am! When I started The Book of the Wise, I was drawn in by Luke’s tendency to read under a tree (I had a brief mental image of Frodo sitting in the woods) because that singles him out and it emphasizes his uniqueness before anything pertinent to the story has actually happened. Once he moves to Countryside, of course, strange creatures appear and the abnormal becomes normal (which is always interesting).
I must say that, while this story was exciting, I think it is better suited for younger ages, and encourage kids (ages 7-12) to read this book. There is a wide range of characters and constant action, so I found it easy to stay interested. I admit, the prologue was a little confusing with so many new characters introduced at once, but the rest of The Book of the Wise was a thoroughly interesting read and I hope that you choose to flip through its pages and travel to the world of Countryside.