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The Weeping Tide

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Amanda Foody never misses! This is the fourth novel that I've read by her and it was phenomenal like usual. The Weeping Tide is the follow up to The Accidental Apprentice, one of my favorite books of last year. This series, to me, feels like a warm hug. It truly is a comfort series that I adore with my entire heart. What I truly loved about this book was getting reunited with the characters. Both the growth with the characters individually and the way the relationships between them progressed. Barclay is still my favorite, though all the side and mentor characters have my heart as well. I loved how we expanded in this world from the woods to the sea and how the world has all these different biomes with different creatures. I especially am excited for the next book in the series both to see the characters continue to grow and explore more of the world.
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Such a fun follow-up to the first Wilderlore book. Full of adventure, friendship, and the depths of the sea. A page-turning book that middle schoolers will love!
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Loved the next adventure in Barclays world! Just when I thought Foody couldn’t possibly make this world and more fun or exciting, I was proven wrong.
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This was such a fun read. Middle graders will really enjoy the story and seeing a ground of 11-12 year olds solve a mystery that the Lore masters struggle with. I hate that someone always betrays Barclay in these stories but the little twist of who was behind it all was a good one.
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Big thanks to Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, Margaret K. McElderry Books, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.

This is the second book in the new Wildlore series by Amanda Foody. You can find my review of the first book, The Accidental Apprentice, here: 

Oftentimes, the sequel isn't as good as the original. This is not the case here! Our main character Barclay's new world continues to expand, this time to the depths of the ocean. Something has angered Lochmordra, a sea beast, causing it to destroy entire seaside villages. The weeping tide, a type of destructive algae. is also out of control. Are the two destructive forces related? Barclay isn't sure, but what he does know is that if he and the other lorekeepers can't figure out how to stop Lochmorda and the weeping tide from raging, there won't be any ocean or seaside villages left. Can they solve this mystery and save the ocean and it's nearby land-dwelling neighbors before it's too late?

This series would be a great addition to any middle grade reading collection.
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Wilderlore: The Weeping Tide

By: Amanda Foody

Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Children’s fiction

Publish Date 1 February 2022

100 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to thank both NetGalley and Simon Schuster for allowing me to read and review this book.

Good Reads Synopsis:

Barclay and his friends must save an island city from the Legendary Beast of the Sea in this second book in the Wilderlore series.

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?

Book Review:

This is book 2 in the Wilderlore series. I am having a great a time reading these books. I gave this book 4 stars.

This book talks about how children can accomplish things if they will just put their minds to it. They can overcome obstacles of many types.

In this book enemies are working together to figure a problem that is hurting several islands. The enemies each have several apprentices that they are training, and the children want to be friends, but their masters are not making it easy for them. They do get along off and on during the story.

The main character is dealing with a couple of things which makes him feel like he really doesn’t belong. He is able to overcome the problems he is having and feel better about himself.

This book is about struggles, friendship, and disappointments. You will have to read the book to learn how they are able to accomplish these things and still come out ahead.
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This is book 2 in the series and it does not disappoint. Barclay is an ordinary kid who discovered in the first book that there are fantastical beasts in the world that people can bond with and use their Lore, or magic. In this book, he is in training with one of the greatest Lore Keepers in the land but training is not going so well. He's afraid that being an "Elsie", a normal person from the Elsewheres where there is no magic or beasts, is keeping him back. Through the adventure of a Legendary Beast creating havoc in the Sea while dealing with apprentices from the rival great Lore Keeper Barclay discovers he's more than he thinks he is. Great for grade 4 and up.
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Once I finished The Accidental Apprentice last year, then learned there would be a sequel, I immediately began looking forward to this one. I absolutely loved the concept of Keepers and their bonds with beasts. It reminded me of a heavily fantasized version of Pokemon, which I thought was so cool. While I did prefer book one in this series, I did still greatly enjoy the Weeping Tide, and I truly can’t wait to see what other adventures Barclay, Viola, and Tadg get up to in the future. And hopefully we’ll get to cross paths with some of the new apprentices as well, because I would love to learn more about them.

The Weeping Tide was full of adventure and non-stop action. Not only that, but there was also a mystery aspect to the book as well, and a shocking reveal at the end that I simply had not seen coming. There was one character I had thought to be suspicious, but the other reveal took me by surprise. Knowing what I do now, I’ll be interested to reread this before the next one comes out and figure out where hints and clues were dropped that I clearly missed while reading. It was pretty exciting, because there was clearly something more going on that nobody knew about, which caused a lot of the action, but I thought it was all balanced really well.

My only wish is that we’d gotten to know the new characters a little better. Since there were several new ones introduced, and at the same time no less, I felt that we didn’t get a good feel for who each character was. I especially wanted to know more about Yasha, but unfortunately, we didn’t get to know him all that well. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing him in future books, though, so here’s to hoping there’s more development on that front.

This book, while full of excitement and adventure, was also a self-discovery journey for Barclay. During the first book, he’d been kicked out of his home and thrust into a new world with hardly a moment to come to terms with all of it, so it made sense that he hadn’t really processed what it meant to leave that world behind. In this book, however, Barclay struggled with his two identities, and he wondered whether he even deserved to be there, because he felt so behind his peers, and that he didn’t measure up. Barclay grows so much through the story as he comes to terms with being a part of both worlds, and it was really well done. I enjoyed going on this journey with Barclay, because I think it was so important to the story and to his character. While I know he wants to be a Keeper desperately, I do hope he at least considers becoming an apothecary, because he was really good at that, and I quite liked those scenes. I would’ve liked to have seen more, even.

The Weeping Tide was a fun book and a great sequel to the Accidental Apprentice, and I’m so glad I was able to read it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series, because I just know they’ll be amazing!
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Many thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books, Amanda Foody, and NetGalley for an early copy of The Weeping Tide! All opinions are my own.

So I won't give any spoilers for the book as you really need to have read the first one to understand the second book. It was just as great as the first for me. Barclay, Viola, and Tadg get into even more adventures (some very dangerous), and I enjoyed going on that journey with them. I definitely didn't see the main twist coming (maybe I was too swept up in all of the adventures!), but now I can see how it makes sense for the storyline. I'm excited to see what adventures all three Lore Keepers get up to in the next novel!

One thing I've really enjoyed is learning about all of the different Beasts and their Lore that are featured throughout the book. In the back of both books (The Accidental Apprentice and The Weeping Tide), there is a chapter from a textbook from the series that gives more information on a lot of the featured Beasts. 

The book is comped to How to Train Your Dragon, Pokemon, and Nevermoor; it definitely will live up to the adventures of those books, and anyone who loves the aforementioned books will definitely love this series. I will say, even adults will love it. I adored the first book, and I absolutely loved the second book.
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I didn't quite know what to expect from this book as I hadn't read the first in the series but there's enough information to make the story flow flawlessly so while you can read this story as a standalone and not feel like you're missing something, I totally recommend reading book 1 first. There's a plethora of characters besides our group of main characters that starts out together at the beginning. Our main characters are Lore Keepers who each carry a mark that contains a beast and each special powers called lores that aid them in fighting unruly, nasty and dangerous beast that try to harm the citizens of Elsewheres. The Keepers are their protectors but because they usually show up when monsters do,they're looked down upon by the humans of Elsewheres. This often makes their jobs harder and some apprentices feel rejected. While Barclay is trying to learn to control his lore and dealing with emotional issues of rejection and doubts brought on by this rejection, he must fight to help solve the emerging beast problem before things get worse. All our main characters have depth,personalities and struggles that pur fleshed out on the pages which make them feel real and you find yourself wanting to help,comfort, and root for them through there adventures. I really enjoyed this story, it is a unique plot with maybe a touch of Fantastic Beasts vibes and continous action packed adventure. This book is categorized as middle grade but I think it can be enjoyed by all age groups.
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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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1000x over this book lived up to the first for me. The world-building deepens, friendships grow, and Barclays wrestled with his identity and loss, much like any 12 year old in his circumstances. We learn so much more about what there is to explore and discover, and I am so excited for the rest of the series. Easily one of my top middle grade series, and accessible for middle elementary readers. 

My only wish is that more series included a simple recap at the beginning for those who read the first book ages ago.
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I loved this book!! It's full of action and adventure. It will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. This book needs to be in every school library.
I received a complimentary copy from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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As always, Amanda Foody creates worlds I wish I could jump into. This book was fun but also had so much emotion as Barclay found his place in the trio. It was a hard journey and filled with doubt that I think a lot of kids face. I'm definitely recommending this series to everyone!
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Thanks to NetGalley & Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second in a newer series and it continues where the first one left off. Barclay, with his new overpowered Beast and Lore (magic type), continues onto his new life as an apprentice to a legendary Guardian Keeper. Something strange is afoot as islands start sinking and the older Guardian Keepers struggle to figure out what's going on and Barclay and the other apprentices dig deep to solve the mystery. 

I honestly had trouble keeping up with the names but I'm usually just bad with names in books in general anyway. Ha! I really liked the expanded magic and worldbuilding in this book, I can't wait to read more in this series!
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Barclay and his friends are heading to the sea to figure out why another legendary beast is attacking various islands.  They go with two guardian keepers who can not stand each other.  Runa and Cyril have hated each other for years, and Cyril tells him his apprentices it is due to a murder, and the whole story comes tumbling out by the end of the book.  This one is more intense than book one, and Barclay has many obstacles he has to overcome as he learns more about his lore and his bond with root.  I love the way this series pulls you in, and you are constantly learning more about the world right along with Barclay.  I wonder can we all be guardian keepers when we get done reading?  A tremendous middle-grade series.
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I think I said this with the first book, but (to me) it's basically Pokémon meets Harry Potter and I adore the heckin' heck out of this series. In the time before we knew JK was an a-hole, the similarities to Harry Potter may have irked me, but now I just revel in them. 

The book has charm and wit, inclusivity and extremely important message of self worth, etc. It has a decent pace and the right amount of action, though the ending was a little strange. Not enough to lose a star or turn me off the series, but enough to slightly confuse me with the abruptness of it all. The writing level isn't too simple, nor overly difficult, making the middle-grade label accurate. 

Still recommend both books, still plan on buying the box set. 

P.S. If there isn't a Toadles Funko POP! or plushie at some point, I'll riot.
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The Weeping Tide is the action-packed sequel to The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody. Amanda Foody is one of my favorite authors, across all genres, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of her latest! The Wilderlore series is a charming and lovable series that readers of all ages would enjoy, especially middle grade. 

In this book, Violet and Tadg’s backgrounds are explored and Barclay meets new apprentices as well. Some of those apprentices are friendlier than others as they all work together to figure out why Lochmordra, the legendary beast of the sea, is so agitated. I absolutely loved the marine setting! Foody creates a new and imaginative range of beasts specific to the Sea, with interesting details. All of the apprentices experience significant character growth and bonding as they learn to work together in a competitive atmosphere. 

This series would be perfect for fans of Fablehaven, How To Train Your Dragon, and the manga Fairy Tail. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series continues! The Weeping Tide releases February 1, 2022. Thank you so much to Amanda Foody, Margaret K. McElderberry, and Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Amanda Foody welcomes readers back to the Wilderlands with mystery, magic and a sprinkling of mayhem. With the return of favorite characters and the introduction of new ones, the call of the sea will draw you in and leave you turning page after page to race toward answers buried in lost islands and the past.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Simon Kids for the gifted book.

I wasn't sure where Foody was going to take this series in book 2, but let me tell you, everywhere it needed to go with doors open to discover more exciting adventures, Lore, Beasts, and relationships in the upcoming books! 

In this one we move to a new land and a new threat. Barclay continues to learn more about himself and his Lore as well as the history and present day status and functions of this world he is just getting to know. We also get to meet a wide new array of characters who add such verve and interest to this already colorful cast. Foody writes with an adept hand in creating a world that is so different from our own but also feels like a place you know. 

I cannot wait to see where Barclay and gang adventure next and how Foody continues to flesh out these characters and this world.
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