Fantasy Book Review: Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo

Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century, a sacred relic has protected his hometown from the raging waters surrounding it. But when Will “borrows” the relic for his own purposes, he accidentally unleashes an ancient evil.

As boats sink and hideous creatures crawl from the rising waters, Will must set things right before it is too late. With the help of his sweet (if lethal) Great Aunt Lucille, the curator of a museum of powerful artifacts, Will proves that the actions of one twelve-year-old boy can change the world.

Will is an average boy who likes to cause mischief, yet has a good heart. But he sees strange shadows, and a dark presence tries to mislead him. Meanwhile, something very strange is happening in the quiet, little town of Perilous Falls. And only Will’s heritage may be able to stop it.

This the first book in a promising new series. Instead of Greek or Roman mythology, the foundation of this fantasy series is loosely based on Biblical stories and Catholicism. The characters are wacky and fun. And the story is full of mystery, suspense, danger and creepy creatures. This middle grade book is well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. The unique world and engaging characters will keep me coming back for the next in the series.